New ISI chief will look to break Indo-Afghan ties

Officials in India say that they are aware of the strategy and are prepared to counter it. All efforts will be made by Pakistan to undermine India's relationship with Afghanistan.

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New Delhi, Dec 15: Prevent Afghanistan from becoming India's proxy. This is the strategy that has been adopted by the new ISI chief, Lt General Naveed Mukthar. Ever since Pakistan replaced Lt Rizwan Akthar with Mukthar in a sudden decision, India has been viewing the developments closely.

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The decision to replace Akthar with Mukthar was not a surprising one. It was clear that Akthar as ISI chief had missed all possible intelligence about India's surgical strikes conducted across the Line of Control. Now with Mukthar in charge, India suspects that he will focus more on Afghanistan.

The new ISI chief has focused largely on Afghan related issues. The growing proximity between India and Afghanistan has been worrying for Pakistan. Indian Intelligence Bureau officials say that the new ISI chief will come up with a strategy to break the ties between India and Pakistan.

He has always said that an aggressive approach must be taken to undermine India. He feels that Afghanistan is becoming a India's proxy. Officials in India say that they are aware of the strategy and are prepared to counter it. All efforts will be made by Pakistan to undermine India's relationship with Afghanistan.

Pakistan has often accused India of working against it in Afghanistan. Pakistan would now try and use the Taliban against India. India has always taken a very strong anti Taliban stance and Pakistan may try and use this to their advantage.

IB officials say that Pakistan will push hard to regain lost ground in Afghanistan. It has become a hostile front for them and they would look to overturn that the official also noted.

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