We can choose our friends, but not our neighbours. This statement was famously made by our previous Prime Minister, AB Vajpayee. How true. Given a chance we would like to pack Pakistan and dump them into the sea for being such a pest. Why not? Afterall, a country which has terrorism as its national policy against its neighbours, a country that drills hatred into its citizens brains 24×7, a country that doesnt mind soiling the plate that hold its food, Pakistan is nothing but a big pain in the butt for the world community now.
After the leak of more than 90,000 secret documents on the Wikileaks website, more and more sordid exposure of the Pakistani leadership are coming to light. It was always known that the rogue intelligence agency of Pakistan, the ISI, was hand in glove with Al Qaeda in Afghanistan and Lashkar-e-Toiba and many other terrorist organisations fomenting teror in India.
But what takes the cake is the ignorant America feeding the Paki army so that it can fund the terrorists which in turn stab the American and other NATO troops currently in Afghanistan in the back. The same money that the Americans provided the Pakistani government is now being fed by the ISI and Pakistani Army back to the Al Qaeda backed terrorists who are in turn killing the American soldiers.
I wonder how the American citizens are tolerating their government feeding the same scums who are killing their soldiers. Any civilized government would have re-looked at the horrors of the backstabbing that Pakistan has been doing to their soldiers…but not the US government. The game of strategic reach that the US likes to play so much has stretched its resources so badly that the US economy is on the verge of a collapse. Still, it refuses to learn from its mistakes.
Inspite of the evidence put forth by the intelligence, that the biggest snake in the hole is nothing but the Pakistani Army/ISI, the Americans seem to have no qualms sharing the same bed with them. Pakistan has mastered the art of holding a gun to its own head and threatening to kill itself. Its time the Americans call their bluff.
If the Americans want to withdraw from Afghanistan in 3-4 years as they predict, its best for them to rein in the Pakistani Army/ISI and strengthen the Afghan govt’s hands in developing a strong defence against not only the local insurgents but also the Army/ISI.
As for India, the best thing for it to happen would be the breakup of Pakistan. I have always believed that a strong and economically stable Pakistan is a bigger headache for India than one which is broken up into pieces. I love Manmohan Singh and really appreciate the hard work he is putting in trying to find a peaceful solution with Pakistan. But he doesnt realise that he is barking up the wrong tree and that Pakistan is like the dog whose tail will always be curled. No matter what we cant straighten it. Its not a civilized society and probably we need to wall off the borders between the two countries and cut all strategic, business and people to people ties.
According to Canada’s former ambassador to Afghanistan, Chris Alexander…
Gen. Kayani is saying he wants to call the shots in Kabul. To do so, he is prepared to support the principal outfit launching suicide attacks in Afghanistan’s cities. He is backing the Islamic Emirate’s effort to wreck an Afghan-led nation-building process.
The Pakistan army under Gen. Kayani is sponsoring a large-scale, covert guerrilla war through Afghan proxies – whose strongholds in Baluchistan and Waziristan are flourishing. Their mission in Afghanistan is to keep Pashtun nationalism down, India out and Mr. Karzai weak.
It has nothing to do with Islam, whose principles they trample; indeed, the flower of Afghanistan’s ulema (religious leaders) have been among their victims. Gen. Kayani and others will deny complicity. But as the WikiLeaks material demonstrates, their heavy-handed involvement is now obvious at all levels.
To understand the context of this fraught relationship, read a report called The Sun and the Sky: The Relationship of Pakistan’s ISI to Afghan Insurgents, by Matt Waldman, a former Oxfam policy adviser now at Harvard. It is a chilling tale. When the scale of this complicity is fully exposed, it will rank high on the list of modern scandals.
The USA seems to have no qualms cutting off all funding to Iran, North Korea and any other country that doesnt toe its line. But when it comes to Pakistan, it strangely behaves like an Ostrich who buries its face in the sand.
Tunku Varadarajan hits the nail on the head when he says…
We are now at a crossroads with Pakistan, a point at which we need to pull out old words from the Bush playbook. It is time to state to them—to state, in particular, to Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kiyani, the Pakistan army’s chief of staff—that Pakistan is either with us, or against us. There can be no caveats, no exit clauses, no fine print, no weasely handwringing about Pakistan’s need to retain “strategic balance” in Afghanistan.
Some more articles on the leaked documents