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Belt and Road

Pakistan fears Afghan pullback by US will stall Belt and Road

Taliban militants increase border attacks as American influence wanes

Prime Minister Imran Khan, left, and Afghan Taliban fighters, shown celebrating the peace deal between the U.S. and Taliban in March 2020. (Source photos by Getty Images)

ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan fears that the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan -- in line with the American-Taliban peace deal signed last year -- will increase instability in both itself and its neighbor, causing more security threats and ultimately putting China's Belt and Road projects at risk.

U.S. forces have already started pulling out of Afghanistan after 20 years of America's longest war. The withdrawal is expected to complete on Sept. 11 to mark the 20th anniversary of the devastating al-Qaida attacks on the U.S.

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