Dilemma faced by Pakistani Government

Just few days back Pakistan armed forces started there latest offensive against Taliban with aim to push them back away from the provisional capital of Peshawar.

Pakistan armed forces and government are facing a tough dilemma here. Though how hard they try things keep on getting worse and worse. If government reaches a truce or pact with Taliban and Islamic extremists the American lobby starts shouting and every terrorist act in Afghanistan is blamed on Pakistan side of the border. If government goes on offensive against the extremists like Baitullah Mehsud or Mangal Bagh the internal opposition to government increases with increase in extremism and support for people like Baitullah Mehsud or Mangal Bagh in frontier and also a series of suicide bomb blasts across the whole country.

And all the time the American media and watch dogs keep on shouting about the failure of Pakistani armed forces and there inability to protect the borders where the fact of the matter is that it is the failure of American and Nato armed forces that allowed all these extremist and Taliban to cross over into Pakistan which has made situation inside Pakistan extremely fragile.

One must understand that these extremists fight a Gorilla tactic war and if the whole American and Nato armed forces with highly sophisticated technology could not contain the extremist elements in Iraq and Afghanistan then they should think twice before pointing fingers against the Pakistan Army.

This post is a reaction to the article “Pakistan: Negligent on Terror?” , published in TIME on 30th June.


2 Responses to Dilemma faced by Pakistani Government

  1. campsimplicity says:

    Hi Abdulazeem,

    I think your situation in Pakistan is just the same as everywhere else, big outsiders think that the government and the people are not doing much to face the difficult situations. But right, in reality, the government and the people are trying their best to answer the problems.

    I also agree with you:

    “One must understand that these extremists fight a Gorilla tactic war and if the whole American and Nato armed forces with highly sophisticated technology could not contain the extremist elements in Iraq and Afghanistan then they should think twice before pointing fingers against the Pakistan Army.”

    I wish you and your country well.


  2. Navid Masud says:

    Who Is Behind the Bombing in Islamabad?

    “What we cannot escape,” one Pentagon policy planner told us, “is a confrontation with Pakistan. Pakistan holds the key to success for us in Afghanistan.”
    Afghanistan: How Does This End?, Swoop, Sept 20, 2008

    If one wants to make sense of the big bombing that hit the Marriott hotel in Islamabad yesterday, one has to look at the bigger strategic picture.
    If you believe the usually ‘western’ media, the U.S. is still an ally of Pakistan and India is still a neutral country. In reality the U.S. and India are allied in a war against Pakistan and China.
    Foreign policy elements in India and the in U.S. see China as their respective big strategic enemy. But both want – for now – avoid an open conflict. The center of gravity in this silent war against China are the hydrocarbon reserves in Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa and the transport routes for these.
    The war in Afghanistan and the war in Pakistan can be seen as proxy wars between these three big powers over the energy issue.
    China is developing the port of Gwader in Baluchistan on the south coast of Pakistan and transport routes from there into its mainland. The port will allow energy flow from Africa and the Middle East to China without Indian naval interference.
    Just like China is in a strategic alliance with Pakistan, India is in a strategic alliance with Afghanistan. It is developing a road connection from Herat to a port in south Iran. While Pakistan supports some Taliban groups in their war against the U.S. occupation of Afghanistan, India and the U.S. support other Taliban groups within Pakistan in fighting Islamabad.
    The current aim seems to be to splinter Pakistan into smaller pieces.
    Oh, that is not what the media say? The above is all baloney?
    Attached is a collection of excerpts of recent news pieces and strategic papers. Skim through them with the above in mind.
    From the U.S.:

    [T]he Pashtuns, concentrated in the northwestern tribal areas, would join with their ethnic brethren across the Afghan border (some 40 million of them combined) to form an independent “Pashtunistan.” The Sindhis in the southeast, numbering 23 million, would unite with the six million Baluch tribesmen in the southwest to establish a federation along the Arabian Sea from India to Iran. “Pakistan” would then be a nuclear-armed Punjabi rump state.
    Drawn and Quartered, New York Times op-ed, Feb 1, 2008

    From India:

    If ever the national interests are defined with clarity and prioritised, the foremost threat to the Union (and for centuries before) materialised on the western periphery, continuously. To defend this key threat to the Union, New Delhi should extend its influence through export of both, soft and hard power towards Central Asia from where invasions have been mounted over centuries. Cessation of Pakistan as a state facilitates furtherance of this pivotal national objective.

    With China’s one arm, i.e. Pakistan disabled, its expansionist plans will receive a severe jolt. Beijing continues to pose primary threat to New Delhi. Even as we continue to engage with it as constructively as possible, we must strive to remove the proxy. At the same time, it is prudent to extend moral support to the people of Tibet to sink Chinese expansionism in the morass of insurgency.
    Stable Pakistan not in India’s interest, Indian Defence Review, Sept. 2008

    From Pakistan:

    Pakistani policy analysts are convinced that United States has been a duplicitous ally during the past seven years, using the sincere Pakistani cooperation on Afghanistan to gradually turn that country into a military base to launch a sophisticated psychological, intelligence and military campaign to destabilize Pakistan itself.
    The objective is to weaken the control of the Pakistani military over geographical Pakistan and ignite an ethnic and sectarian civil war leading to changing the status of Balochistan and NWFP, possibly even facilitate the break up of both provinces from the Pakistani federation.
    Pakistan Reverses 9/11 Appeasement, Ahmed Quraishi, Sept 13, 2008

    Various sources:

    Mere rhetorical response to the mounting American gangsterism is no answer, when this adventurism has very deeper diabolical motivations to it.

    It is for the failure of the retired general, who loved playing a slave to American warlords, to demand this action from the coalition forces in Afghanistan that our tribal region has become the lair of foreign-sponsored militants, who on the bidding of their masters have turned our once-peaceful tribal belt into a violent place and the rest of our country their killing field.
    Mullen’s betrayal, The Frontier Post, Peshawar, Editorial, Sept 19, 2008

    India is buying armaments that major powers like the United States use to operate far from home: aircraft carriers, giant C-130J transport planes and airborne refueling tankers. Meanwhile, India has helped to build a small air base in Tajikistan that it will share with its host country. It is modern India’s first military outpost on foreign soil.

    “There seems to be an emerging long-term competition between India and China for pre-eminence in the region,” said Jacqueline Newmyer, president of the Long Term Strategy Group, a research institute in Cambridge, Mass., and a security consultant to the United States government. “India is preparing slowly to claim its place as a pre-eminent power, and in the meantime China is working to complicate that for India.”
    Land of Gandhi Asserts Itself as Global Military Power, NYT, Sept. 22, 2008

    Armed with a permit for global nuclear trade, India’s prime minister leaves next week for the United States and France hoping to seal atomic energy deals and discuss cooperation in defense and counter-terrorism.
    Atomic trade high on India PM’s U.S., France tour, Reuters, Sept. 19, 2008

    Senior Chinese military official Guo Boxiong pledged on Monday to further strengthen military exchanges between China and Pakistan.
    In his meeting with Pakistani Chief of Army Staff Ashfaq PervezKiyani, Guo, vice chairman of the Central Military Commission, appreciated the fruitful cooperation between both sides over the years.

    China highly values its all-round strategic cooperative partnership with Pakistan, Guo said, vowing to join hands with the country to boost bilateral ties to a new level.
    In response, Kiyani said his country treasures its traditional friendship with China and is ready to further boost cooperation with China.
    China eyes closer military exchanges with Pakistan, Xinhua, Sept. 22, 2008

    Taliban insurgents have attacked an Indian construction project in the western Afghan province of Herat, killing 11 Afghan policemen and wounding several others on a weekend that saw most fighters lay down their weapons for U.N. Peace Day.
    Indian construction project targeted by Taliban, Globe and Mail, Sept. 21, 2008

    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Two local intelligence officials say troops and tribesmen opened fire when two U.S. helicopters crossed into Pakistan from Afghanistan.
    Intel officials: US copters cross Pakistan border, Reuters, Sept. 22, 2008

    Pakistani military forces flew repeated helicopter missions into Afghanistan to resupply the Taliban during a fierce battle in June 2007, according to a U.S. Marine lieutenant colonel, who says his information is based on multiple U.S. and Afghan intelligence reports.
    U.S. Officer: Pakistani Forces Aided Taliban, Defense News, Sept. 19, 2008

    This U.S. media campaign has been going hand in glove for the past eighteen months with a wave of terrorism inside Pakistan targeting Pakistani civilians and government. The blame for these acts was laid at the doors of something called ‘Pakistani Taliban’ which is, in major part, a creation of Indian and Karzai intelligence setups inside Afghanistan.

    But the situation between Islamabad and Washington does not have to come to this. Islamabad can help tip the scales in Washington against the hawks who want a war with Pakistan. Not all parts of the U.S. government accept this idea and this must be exploited. Pakistan must make it clear that it will retaliate.

    The only way to entrap Pakistan now is to either orchestrate a spectacular terrorist attack in U.S. and blame it on Pakistan, or to assassinate a high profile personality inside Pakistan and generate domestic strife that will make it impossible for the military to resist U.S. attacks.
    Pakistan Reverses 9/11 Appeasement, Ahmed Quraishi, Sept 13, 2008


    * Who could be/is responsible for yesterday’s big bomb in Islamabad?
    * May China have, beside Taiwan, additional conditions for the big bailout that relate with Pakistan?

    Posted by b on September 22, 2008 at 12:05 PM | Permalink
    b – this is great, keep it up. A lot of time I nitpick at things but aggregating info like this is a real service.

    Posted by: boxcar mike | Sep 22, 2008 1:06:11 PM | 1
    Good insights and quite plausible. Though to which extent they can pull it off, or how things will really turn out are still hard to guess.
    And, as I’ve thought for some time, there’s the fact that non-Asiatic powers – and some Asiatic ones – know that an Indian-Chinese alliance would be quite formidable on the global stage, and make sure this won’t ever happen – the way some Western powers, notably UK and to a lesser extent US, made sure in the 19th and 20th that Germany and Russia would never be allies, something which would have instantly turned the rest of Europe into mere satellite of the new axis.

    Posted by: CluelessJoe | Sep 22, 2008 1:20:24 PM | 2

    First of all, back in 2001, we won the war in Afghanistan by overthrowing the Taliban. Then we marched off to win the war in Iraq. Now – with at least one suicide bombing a day and the nation carved up into mutually antagonistic sectarian enclaves – we have won the war in Iraq and are heading back to re-win the war in Afghanistan where the Taliban, so thoroughly trounced by our chaps seven years ago, have proved their moral and political bankruptcy by recapturing half the country.

    And Obama and McCain really think they’re going to win in Afghanistan – before, I suppose, rushing their soldiers back to Iraq when the Baghdad government collapses. What the British couldn’t do in the 19th century and what the Russians couldn’t do at the end of the 20th century, we’re going to achieve at the start of the 21 century, taking our terrible war into nuclear-armed Pakistan just for good measure.

    Posted by: b | Sep 22, 2008 1:27:27 PM | 3
    Karzai’s security and intelligence network is populated with strongly anti-Pakistan officers. The Indians received an American nod to establish an elaborate intelligence and military training setup in Afghanistan. Indians and Karzai’s men are directly involved in training, arming and financing rebels and insurgents and sending them into Pakistan. There is a full backing for an ethnic insurgency in southwestern Pakistan where China is building a strategic seaport.
    more from Ahmed Quraishi 9/21 Islamabad Attack: Time To End Pakistani Role In America’s War

    Karzai’s security and intelligence network is populated with strongly anti-Pakistan officers. The Indians received an American nod to establish an elaborate intelligence and military training setup in Afghanistan. Indians and Karzai’s men are directly involved in training, arming and financing rebels and insurgents and sending them into Pakistan. There is a full backing for an ethnic insurgency in southwestern Pakistan where China is building a strategic seaport. There are reports that the Israeli intelligence, the Mossad, is helping the Indians and Karzai’s security in destabilizing Pakistan’s western parts. The Israeli ambassador in New Delhi admitted in February that Israel offered crucial help to India during the Kargil war in 1999 which was the only reason India managed to repeal what appeared to be a surprise Pakistani victory. The Israelis have built a close defense relationship with India ever since and are also helping India perfect its occupation methods in Kashmir.
    Pakistanis don’t have evidence that shows direct U.S. involvement in this anti-Pakistan campaign. But the circumstantial evidence is more than overwhelming. Afghanistan could not have turned into a staging ground for anti-Pakistan covert operations involving several players with out Washington’s nod. U.S. military has also been deliberately attacking those militant tribals inside Pakistan who are pro-Islamabad, and sparing those militants who only fight Pakistani military. Also, U.S. government has refused to designate the ethnic insurgency in southwestern Pakistan as terrorism. One very interesting piece of information that points the fingers to both India and U.S. is that these shady ‘Pakistani Taliban’ have focused their efforts in the past four years on attacking Chinese citizens and Chinese interests inside Pakistan. No U.S. or NATO citizens have been attacked.

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