International journal of research in social sciences
This paper provides an analysis of Pakistan - Afghanistan relations since 1947 and explores major issues which have led to cold relations over decades. In this context, Pakistan's strategic depth policy is explained that why it was devised and what cost and benefits it incurred. A connection of events is built in post 9/11 scenario and current 2014 transition. It is assessed that the policy of strategic depth which is based on establishing military developments in Afghanistan for three main reasons; India, Kashmir issues and economic cooperation, actually could not fulfill its purpose. Moreover, it has created troubled for Pakistan in the form of terrorism and international pressure. Therefore, it must pursue a policy reorientation and halt the policy of strategic depth in Afghanistan to stabilize the relations.