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Gandhara Podcast: Understanding Afghanistan, Pakistan Terror Challenge


Volunteers examine the wreckage of a vehicle after a suicide bomb attack in Peshawar on February 15.

Following an ongoing wave of terrorist attacks in Pakistan, the country is once again engaged in a blame game with neighboring Afghanistan.

Islamabad’s demands that Kabul act against Pakistani militants sheltering on its soil has provoked similar demands from Kabul. The two have exchanged lists of suspected terrorists they expect the other to kill or capture.

The recent controversy has rekindled an old conundrum: If both countries are suffering from terrorism, why can’t they cooperate to contain what senior officials in both countries have repeatedly acknowledged is a common threat?

Muhmmad Tahir, RFE/RL’s media relations manager in Washington, moderated our discussion of the hot-button issue. Lisa Curtis, a senior research fellow at Washington’s Heritage Foundation think tank, joined Omar Samad, a former Afghan ambassador to France and Canada. As usual, I pitched in from Prague.

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The views expressed in this podcast do not necessarily reflect the views of RFE/RL.

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