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U.S. Exit Strategy - Intrigues against Pakistan by Zaheerul Hassan

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  1. Pak Truth

    On June 25, 2011, during counterterrorism summit of Tehran the presidents of Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan agreed to join forces in combating militancy. The participants of the summit stressed that their efforts would be aimed at eliminating extremism, militancy, terrorism, as well as rejecting foreign interference, which is in blatant opposition to the spirit of Islam, the peaceful cultural traditions of the region and its peoples’ interests,” the statement said. It is notable here that three sides conference was held just after the few days of Obama’s announcement of withdrawal of 33000 troops from Afghanistan this year.

    Posted 4 years ago on 29 Jun 2011 14:26 #
  2. iamsowise

    Posted 4 years ago on 02 Jul 2011 3:31 #
  3. aftab

    The so-called Pakistani Taliban [Tehrik-e-Taliban or TTP] led by Hakimullah Mehsood faces an existential crisis with an eruption of splits in its ranks, encouraged no doubt from outside. Splits have appeared all across the tribal areas - Bajaur, Orakzai, Mohmand, Kurram, etc. The split of commander Fazal Saeed Haqqani in Kurram agency this week is the most serious. He has openly voiced opposition to TTP’s attack on Pakistan as the reason for the split. He said he will continue to be part of the resistance to the US occupation in Afghanistan. He is linked to Sirajuddin Haqqani (Haqqani network). Possibly, Pakistani military used Maulana Sami-ul-Haq, who was Saeed Haqqani’s mentor, to get through to him — or even Sirajuddin.

    The strategy adopted by the Pakistani military is a wise one - to focus on the ‘political track’ aimed at incrementally weakening Hakimullah’s TTP to the point of making it a residual force that can be mopped up at low cost in future security operations. This approach flies in the face of the ‘hammer-and-anvil’ strategy advocated by the US commander Davis Petraeus — NATO banging from the north and the Pak military from the south and thereby crushing the militants in between. The Pakistani military saw that the collateral damage would be so heavy that the tribal areas might as well be lost forever. This was sound judgment, although it displeased the US.

    The Pakistani military has also struck peace deals with two TTP groups (Mullah Nazir in South Waziristan and Hafiz Gul Bahadar in North Waziristan). Thus, Hakimullah and his TTP men are increasingly getting confined to a few areas of South Waziristan and are steadily losing contact with the Afghan border region. The US and Afghan intelligence operatives across the border will be hard-pressed to liaise with them. (This may partly explain the obscure happenings and the increased tension on the remote Afghan-Pak border region which is closed to the outside world.) The advantage certainly goes to the Pakistani military. The decimation of the TTP is a pre-requisite for the Pakistani military to fully concentrate on the Afghan endgame.

    Posted 4 years ago on 02 Jul 2011 12:01 #
  4. Salam

    Basically they are planning to stay here to ensure that region remains destabilized and local players dependent on IMF/WB for their survival, simple business this

    Posted 4 years ago on 03 Jul 2011 7:08 #
  5. Basically they may be planning whatever they please, Salam, the truth of the matter is they are done for. Their decline is daily more palpable and our resultant rise as one of the major forces in the history of the 21st century grows clearer every day that passes. We are living through the final phases of west imperialism, thank God, thank God!

    Posted 4 years ago on 03 Jul 2011 9:14 #
  6. Salam

    good point this mirza ghalib, thanks for the reminder

    final phase of imperialism, yet again afghanistan turned out to be the graveyard of imperial empires

    Posted 4 years ago on 03 Jul 2011 11:56 #
  7. We are lucky to have the Afghans on our side. Just imagine if we had to fight them, shudder, shudder. They'd make mincemeat of us as well. Only joking, of course.

    On some other thread, someone seems to be claiming that the Muslim invasion of India and the US invasion of Afghanistan are the one and the same thing. You defend the one, then you must defend the other. That is intellectual honesty. What is your take on it? Were we Muslims as imperialistic in our heyday?

    Posted 4 years ago on 03 Jul 2011 17:51 #
  8. US military plans new supply lines into Afghanistan: Report
    By: on: 03.07.2011

    WASHINGTON - The US military is rapidly expanding its Central Asian supply routes to the war in Afghanistan, fearing that Pakistan could cut off the main means of providing American and NATO forces with fuel, food and equipment, The Washington Post reported.
    Experts said U.S. officials prompt news media reports such as this one every time tensions erupt in the US-Pakistan relations.

    On Sunday, the post recalled that Pakistan’s temporary closure of a major crossing into Afghanistan in September, resulting in a logjam of hundreds of supply trucks and fuel tankers, dozens of which were destroyed in attacks by insurgents.

    "While reducing the shipment of cargo through Pakistan would address a strategic weakness that U.S. military officials have long considered an Achilles’ heel, shifting supply lines elsewhere would substantially increase the cost of the war and make the United States more dependent on authoritarian countries in Central Asia," the newspaper said.

    A senior U.S. defence official said the military wants to keep using Pakistan, which offers the most direct and the cheapest routes to Afghanistan. But the Pentagon also wants the ability to bypass the country if necessary.
    With landlocked Afghanistan lacking seaports, and hostile Iran blocking access from the west, it said Pentagon logisticians have limited alternatives.
    “It’s either Central Asia or Pakistan — those are the two choices. We’d like to have both,” the defence official said, "We’d like to have a balance between them, and not be dependent on either one, but always have the possibility of switching.”

    U.S. military officials said they have emergency backup plans in case the Pakistan routes became unavailable.
    “We will be on time, all the time,” said Vice Admiral Mark Harnitchek, deputy commander of the U.S. Transportation Command, which oversees the movement of supplies and equipment.

    Posted 4 years ago on 03 Jul 2011 18:00 #

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