Courtesy Reuters

HISTORY teaches us that the safety of India always has depended to a large extent on the political development and status of the territory north of the Kyber Pass. When Alexander the Great was preparing the most remarkable of his military achievements, the conquest of India, he thoroughly understood that Afghanistan must serve as a base for his army and be the starting point of his campaign. It took him nearly two years to take and fortify the passes of the Hindu Kush Mountains, and to build on their southern side another Alexandria. From there, in 325 B.C., he began

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