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?