U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visits Afghanistan and Pakistan at a time when the relations between US and Pakistan are under lot of strain and the Karzai governments has recently announced to abandon the reconciliation process. As the Obama administration presses ahead with troop withdrawal plans its military leaders want to see reduction in acts of violence by insurgents. Stephen Tankel, assistant professor at American University, believes any role of Pakistan in the Afghan reconciliation process is likely to be on Clinton's agenda.
Prominent Pakistan defense analyst Ikram Sehgal is of the view the relations between the two will improve on the short-term basis as both countries need each other.


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