No amount of reassurance or incentives will prevent Pakistan from using radical Islamic groups both to suppress ethnic and nationalist aspirations within its borders and as an instrument of its foreign policy
By: Lawrence Sellin, Ph.D
For sixteen years the United States, NATO and the Afghan security forces have fought a war tactically in a strategic environment that made victory impossible.
We have been fighting the wrong war. The war in Afghanistan is actually in Pakistan.
Current American policy towards Pakistan is one based on extortion, whereby, Pakistan, in exchange for money and a veil of undeserved international legitimacy, permits the resupply of US and NATO troops fighting in Afghanistan, while regulating the battle tempo, adjusting its support for and the flow of Taliban, Islamic State (ISIS), Haqqani network jihadis and other terrorist groups.
A former vice chief of the army John M Keane said no insurgency has ever been defeated while it maintains sanctuary outside the conflict area.
By: PTI | Washington | December 7, 2016
A former US Army official has said that to win the war against Taliban in Afghanistan, it is essential to destroy their safe havens in Pakistan, alleging that Pak military provides intelligence, training and logistics assistance to them.
“What’s required is a new strategy with a commitment to force the elimination of sanctuaries in Pakistan,” General (rtd) John M Keane, a former vice chief of the army and chairman of the Institute for the Study of War, told members of the powerful Senate Armed Services Committee yesterday during a Congressional hearing on worldwide threats.
PTI | Oct 23, 2016, WASHINGTON: In a blunt message, the US has warned Pakistan that it will not hesitate to act alone, when necessary, to disrupt and destroy terror networks as the country’s powerful spy agency ISI was not acting against all terror groups operating on its soil.
“The problem is that there are forces within the Pakistani government — specifically in Pakistan’s Inter- Services Intelligence or ISI — that refuse to take similar steps against all the terrorist groups active in Pakistan, tolerating some groups — or even worse,” Adam Szubin, Acting Under Secretary on Countering the Financing of Terrorism, told a Washington audience.
Washington: A manipulative Pakistan which supports terrorist elements has been treating the US like chumps, American lawmakers and experts have said while calling for cutting off aid to the country and listing it as a state sponsoring terrorism.
“They are making chumps out of us. They see us we are being so stupid. It seems like paying the mafia,” said Congressman Matt Salmon, Chairman of the Asia and Pacific subcommittee of House Foreign Affairs Committee. “If I may use an undiplomatic term. We have been patsies,” said former Bush era top diplomat Zalmay Khalilzad told lawmakers along with others how Pakistani leadership had gamed the American system for decades.
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Zalmay Khalilzad, who was born in Afghanistan, moved to the US as a teenager and rose to be President George W Bush’s points man for Afghanistan and Iraq, post-9/11 attacks. He was more than the eyes and ears of Washington DC; as a backroom man armed with extensive contacts, knowledge and cultural instincts, he was part of the nation-building exercise in these two volatile countries.
In his recently-published memoirs, The Envoy, Khalilzad shares his insights and offers a way ahead. Pakistan, he says, remains a spoiler as it provided sanctuary to Al-Qaeda and Taliban leaders, and President Bush ignored his (Khalilzad’s) requests to put additional pressure on Pakistan to deliver
Washington: A prominent Afghan lawmaker on Friday asked the US to stop all financial and military aid to Pakistan, including sale of F-16 jets, and impose economic sanctions, saying that the Pakistani government was providing safe havens to terrorists.
“We ask the US Government to stop all its financial and military aid to Pakistan, including F-16, and impose tough economic sanctions on Pakistan because of its support to terrorist group,” Mohammad Naeem Hamidzai Lalai, a member of Afghan Parliament from Kandahar city said.
تحریر: میر محمد علی ٹالپر
ترجمہ: لطیف بلیدی
افغانستان کے بارے میں لکھنا مشکل ہے حتیٰ کہ ان لوگوں کیلئے بھی جو وہاں رہتے ہیں اور تقسیم کے تمام اطراف کے لوگوں کیساتھ رابطے میں ہیں۔ افغانستان کے حقیقی تجزیہ کار کبھی بھی بے دھڑک بات نہیں کرتے اور اپنے خیالات اور نقطہءنظر کو لوگوں کے سامنے بڑی احتیاط اور ہیجان کیساتھ پیش کرتے ہیں چونکہ افغانستان کم از کم چار دہائیوں سے مختلف لوگوں کی آمد کا شکار رہا ہے۔ وہاں اکثر حکومت مختلف ہاتھوں میں تبدیل ہوتی رہی ہے اور بیشتر تشدد کے ذریعے، تو لہٰذا یہ تقسیم، تنازعہ اور سیاسی بے چینی نہ صرف شدید ہے بلکہ نقصان دہ اور زہریلی بھی۔ آپ وہاں محبت اور ہمدردی کی توقع نہیں کر سکتے جہاں طویل عرصے سے بڑی شدت کیساتھ نفرت کے شعلے بھڑکائے گئے ہوں، بہت سوں کی طرف سے جن کے دلوں میں افغان عوام کیلئے کوئی محبت نہیں ہے یا وہاں پر امن ان کے مفاد میں نہیں۔ افغانستان نہ صرف اپنے جغرافیہ بلکہ اپنی تاریخ کا بھی شکار رہا ہے؛ گھمنڈی طاقتوں کے مفادات اور ان کے مختار کل کارندوں نے افغان عوام پر فقط مصائب کا انبار لگایا ہے۔
Writing about Afghanistan is difficult even for those who are there and are in touch with the people on all sides of the divide. The real analysts of Afghanistan are never foolhardy and keep their views and idea before people with caution and trepidation because Afghanistan has been in a flux since at least last four decades. The power there has changed hands often and mostly violently so the division, discord and disaffection is not only acute but is also pernicious and virulent. You cannot expect love and compassion where flames of hate have been fanned long and vigorously by so many who did not have love for Afghan people in their heart or peace there in their interest. Afghanistan has been a victim of not only its geography but also of its history; interests of overbearing powers and their factotums have simply compounded the misery of the Afghan people.
BALOCHISTAN: The once amicable relationship between Pashtoon and Baloch residents of Balochistan could be at a tipping point, as changing demographics threaten to create tensions between the province’s two largest ethnic groups.
The demographic changes have put Baloch nationalist parties in a catch-22 situation, because the fear of becoming a minority group within a province that shares their name has brought the longstanding alliance between the two ethnic groups on thin ice.
The Balochs deserve support for the same reason Tibetans and Kurds do.
by Josh Gelernter
Tibet’s desire for self-determination is one of the worthier causes-célèbres. On the other side of Asia, the Kurds are fighting Turkey and Iran for control of Kurdistan; since they’re also fighting ISIS “on behalf of the free world” — as a Kurdish diplomat put it — the Kurds’ cause is on its way to being as célèbre’d as Tibet’s. More power to them. Halfway between Tibet and Kurdistan, another people is fighting for self-determination. At the moment, it’s getting little attention and less help. The United States should support a free Balochistan.