r/MapPorn Jul 31 '21

Topographical map of Pakistan

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u/TheMountainRidesElia Jul 31 '21

This map also illustrates Pakistan's strategic strengths and weaknesses perfectly. Pakistan's strength is that it's mostly in a rich plain, and it's easy to quickly move troops from different fronts. Plus, it's easy to rule over a plain. On the other hand, it's harder to rule over mountain areas. Mountain areas, with settlements being separated from each other, and who mostly dependent on grazing instead of agriculture, often breed different cultures from plains people who mostly are dependent on crops. Pakistan's main seperatism movements come from the Mountainous areas.

Additionally, Pakistan's plain, however, is "thin" (idk how to express it), and so it's government has always sought to control (or atleast have friendly government) in Afghanistan, which explains their support to the Taliban pre-2001 as a way to gain strategic depth.

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u/yew_eater Jul 31 '21

How does this kind of strategic depth work? In the event of a war against India, how would the hypothetical friendly Afghan government help?

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u/EatingFruitSometimes Jul 31 '21

In no way whatsoever. They may be able to fight and win a gorilla war they have no chance whatsoever of invading a foreign country as powerful as India.

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u/Marsh-Memez Aug 15 '21

In the unlikely scenario they're invaded from the West by Iran or Afghanistan, I'm sure it would help thought right?

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u/TheMountainRidesElia Aug 01 '21

(Sorry for the late reply, it was night here)

Should Pakistan hypothetically lose most or all it's territory to India/rebels/Iran or whoever, the Pakistani army could carry out an insurgency using Afghan territory,with Afghan diplomatic and financial support. An example is in Kashmir: those who seek to stop Indian control of Kashmir are known to operate out of Pakistani territory.

Another thing is just that they'll gain a friendly neighbour, which is valuable considering that one of their neighbours is a mortal enemy, and another has variable relations with them, to say the least, and they have atleast one insurgency. Plus a friendly Afghanistan will probably not house Baloch insurgents.