ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Pakistan as a Factor in Indo-Soviet Relations

In the latter half of 1965, when the Indo-Pak war broke out, Soviet policy-makers saw their tasks in the Indian sub-continent as: (i) Encouraging Pakistan's growing independence from Western influence; (ii) avoiding, in the process, pushing India into the clutches of the West; (iii) keeping China out of Indo-Pak relations; and, (iv) increasing the extent of Soviet presence in the sub-continent to balance the hitherto exclusive Western presence.

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