Pakistan must de-escalate conflicts with three of its neighbours

By Amin Saikal
Updated April 23 2018 - 10:24pm, first published November 4 2014 - 12:00am

As if the Islamic State (IS) and the US-led response to it have not created enough havoc in West Asia. Pakistan's cross-border conflicts with three out of its four neighbours have added an extra dimension to the regional turbulence. In addition to the recent escalation in cross-border firing between Pakistan and India and between Pakistan and Afghanistan, Pakistani-Iranian relations have taken a sharp downturn lately, resulting in serious border skirmishes between them. If the situation is not contained, there is a risk of a wider regional crisis.