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The crucially important country that Trump isn’t talking about

Pakistan cannot be ignored for long

By Rupert Stone  

Pakistani Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Wolfgang Kumm/DPA/PA Images

Pakistan, though sometimes ridiculed as a failed state, is a critically important country, with the world’s sixth-largest population and fastest-growing nuclear arsenal. Furthermore, it is key to the United States’ strategic interests in South and Central Asia, whether that be winding down the war in neighbouring Afghanistan, combatting terrorism, or preventing the escalation of hostilities with Pakistan’s arch-rival and fellow nuclear power, India, over the disputed region of Kashmir.

But Donald Trump said little about Pakistan (or Afghanistan) during the US…

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