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EDITORIAL: Crippled, Chaotic Pakistan

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New York Times: For years, Pakistan has ignored the Obama administration’s pleas to crack down on militants who cross from Pakistan to attack American forces in Afghanistan. Recent cross-border raids by Taliban militants who kill Pakistani soldiers should give Islamabad a reason to take that complaint more seriously.

Last week, Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, Pakistan’s army chief of staff, raised the issue in a meeting with Gen. John Allen, the commander of American and NATO forces in Afghanistan. He demanded that NATO go after the militants on the Afghan side of the border, according to Pakistani news reports. General Allen demanded that Pakistan act against Afghan militants given safe haven by its security services, especially the Haqqani network, which is responsible for some of the worst attacks in Kabul.

Fighting extremists should be grounds for common cause, but there is no sign that Pakistan’s military leaders get it. They see the need to confront the virulent Afghan-based insurgency that threatens their own country and has killed thousands of Pakistani soldiers and civilians. But they refuse to cut ties with the Haqqanis and other militants, who give Islamabad leverage in Afghanistan and are the biggest threat to American efforts to stabilize that country.

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2 Responses to EDITORIAL: Crippled, Chaotic Pakistan

  1. Muhammad Ayyub

    July 3, 2012 at 8:12 am

    New York Times has publicized only one side of the picture. According to media reports once again US is expected to leave Afghanistan hoping Afghan Army trained by them to hold the pandemonium that West itself could not. The pungent and bloody experience of past shows that even this time the Afghans will not be hushed. It could be their nature of „PASHTOON WALI” or some other reasons put on them and compelled to agree. In fact they do not agree to solutions that are not lucid to Afghan culture. This very simple point is not being understood by big think tanks in the West or they do not want to understand the Afghan psychology.
    Pakistan needs to have friends in Afghanistan for its security and cultural reasons. It can’t afford to have enemies on either side. It wants to avoid hostilities from North and South in future. At the same time so called friendship with America is very vital to Pakistan as it is to America. A regional solution to this long standing issue should be sought out, naturally through table talks. Above mentioned meeting between the two Generals indicates the priority of each side. Ultimately there has to be some give and take policy to be adopted by either side. Since long this bargaining line of attack by CIA and ISI is going on but either side know its tangible limitations. The sacrifices in terms of thousands of Pakistanis killed in this barefaced ongoing war imposed on Pakistan and the financial losses incurred to Pak economy for decades should not go waste. The West is enjoying peace but the region is suffering. Pakistan’s contributions to world peace and stability should be acknowledged. There is shear need of Justice for all parties.

  2. Zubair Khan

    July 3, 2012 at 9:35 am

    To me the last part of the opinion is more accurate, factual and resembles to ground realities. “After 2001, Pakistan had a chance to develop into a more stable country. It had strong leverage with the United States, which needed help to defeat Al Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan. Pakistan received billions of dollars in aid and the promise of billions more, which Washington has begun to suspend or cancel. But the army continues its double game — accepting money from the Americans while enabling the Afghan Taliban — and the politicians remain paralyzed. Soon, most American troops will be gone from Afghanistan. And Pakistan will find it harder to fend off its enemies, real and perceived”. Threat perception strategies of Pakistan are now outdated. Regional priorities and balance of power since long has been changed. Military brass of Pakistan does not want to comprehend it so let it be like that. None in Pakistan is permitted to say any thing about militarily designed security and foreign policy matters. It is unfortunate but is fact. AANSOO BHA KAY SO JA.