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Vindicated by reality? Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, former Pakistani ambassador to the US

For most international players, formulating their reaction to the US withdrawal from Afghanistan is quite a challenge – too many pros and cons, too tightly intertwined – but there are two notable exceptions: India and Pakistan. While the Indians decry the extraction as the worst possible outcome and a concession to terrorists, the Pakistanis celebrate it as a vindication of their strategy and a recognition of the reality on the ground. Last week, we brought you the view from New Delhi. This week, Oksana talks to Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, director general of the Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad, Pakistan’s former foreign secretary and former ambassador to the United States.

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