The source of all of the menaces emanating from religious radicalism and international terrorism in South Asia lies in the erratic behavior of the Pakistani military leadership. It is mind-boggling for many of us in the region and beyond to understand the rationale and logic behind Pakistan’s destabilizing regional strategy, which consists of using radical Islamist groups as a foreign-policy tool for an ambiguous and obsolete strategic goal.
All this while Pakistan has the potential to become a successful example of an economic miracle in South Asia, as South Korea did in East Asia, provided it follows the right path.
Since its inception in 1947, Pakistan has been an exceptional country, emerging as an important strategic partner of the United States, as a vital ally of Saudi Arabia, and as a valuable asset for China. In addition, it has become a nuclear power without bearing the negative consequences that North Korea and Iran did from their nuclear ambitions.
Pakistan, a model of economic development in the 1960s and 1970s, has steadily fallen behind its arch-rival India in terms of economic development and military parity. In addition, its support for radical terrorist groups that have been undermining stability in South and Central Asia has backfired, and now it is payback time, because growing ethnic and political division has damaged its internal stability, and the country is being put on the path of self-isolation, following the example of North Korea.
Actually, Pakistan’s military is paranoid because of the emergence of India as a regional economic and military power. Its military defeat by India in 1971, which led to the partition of the country and creation of Bangladesh, still haunts it. In addition, the military General Headquarters (GHQ) in Rawalpindi has always feared the prospect of another partition on the western border, because Pashtun and Baloch tribes were never consulted on the concept of Pakistan, were forced to join it without being fully integrated, and remain second-class citizens.
Pakistan’s myopic behavior and foolish militaristic ambition of controlling Afghanistan and containing India’s rise as a regional power has undermined economic integration between South and Central Asia
In fact Pakistan’s myopic behavior and foolish militaristic ambition of controlling Afghanistan and containing India’s rise as a regional power has undermined economic integration between South and Central Asia, and thus denied us Afghans and its own people the benefit of our geo-strategic position as a land bridge between the two regions.
After the Soviet military exited Afghanistan in 1989, Pakistan had an opportunity to help Afghanistan recover from a bloody war and capitalize on the tremendous sympathy it enjoys among Afghans for its support for the mujahideen and hosting millions of refugees with warmth and open arms. However, the military leadership stabbed us in the back as a nation and wanted us to surrender our pride, which is our freedom and kneeling before the GHQ.
During the 1990s while Afghanistan was mired in bloody civil war, Pakistan instructed its stooges and proxies to destroy our modern military hardware, a tremendous investment and a bequest left by the former Soviet Union, our economic infrastructure, and our national and cultural identity, and thus wanted to turn our land into an extension of its own territory.
However, not only did Islamabad fail in Afghanistan, it suffered enormous consequences because it became isolated at the regional level, missed the wave of economic development in Asia, and its main regional rival, India, embarked on a fast-track economic and military modernization outpacing Pakistan in every field.
The US military intervention and collapse of the Taliban regime in 2001 served as a unique opportunity for Pakistan to rectify its past policy mistakes and regain its leverage in Afghanistan by fully cooperating with the United States. But the leadership in Rawalpindi has continued its hidden agenda in Afghanistan and effectively deceived the United States while reaping the benefits of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s military presence in Afghanistan.
In fact many countries envy Pakistan’s uniqueness and its military’s ability and diplomatic skills that have enabled them to challenge a superpower like the United States for the past 17 years and still benefit tremendously from Washington’s military and financial assistance. Many of us Afghans were puzzled by the US-Pakistan relationship, until President Donald Trump made a bold decision to link the success of his administration’s South Asia strategy with full compliance by Pakistan.
We Afghans sincerely believe that a stable and economically prosperous Pakistan is in our national interest, because we are economically dependent on Pakistan and the Port of Karachi is our main exit gate to the rest of the world. Therefore, we value our friendly and brotherly relationship with Pakistan despite past grudges.
Meanwhile, the new administration in Pakistan led by Imran Khan, and a brave decision by the United States to make Pakistan accountable in Afghanistan, has created a new opportunity for Pakistan’s military leadership to review and rectify its failed policies in Afghanistan.
Afghanistan and Pakistan both suffered from the US disengagement from the region immediately after the collapse of the Soviet Union in December 1991, and history could be repeated, once again with dire consequences for both countries. In addition, Pakistan has become economically vulnerable and dependent on financial assistance from the outside world. Losing US financial and military assistance will be a big blow for Pakistan, and no other country including China will be able to fill the vacuum left by the United States in the region.
Trump has received bipartisan support for his South Asia strategy, and we have the feeling that it might be the last chance for Afghanistan and Pakistan to receive unequivocal support from the United States and its NATO allies. In addition, a US exit from Afghanistan without an acceptable political settlement would become a prelude for another civil war in the country with dire consequences for the entire region and particularly for Pakistan.
Therefore, the outcome of the current negotiations between US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the new civilian leadership of Pakistan, which have the full blessing of the top military brass, is of high importance for Afghanistan and for all of South Asia, because Pakistan’s collaboration in the peace process is vital for us Afghans and for the stability of South and Central Asia.
Why would Afghans want peace when war can bring billions of dollars in foreign aid plus free accees to world class education and military training in foreign countries? You must be a very naive journalist to believe that the US and Afghan leaders want peace in Afghanistan. What would you do if peace comes to your country? Selling only watermelons and pomegranates won’t bring any fortune,I’m afraid. So keep the war going, as you’re good at nothing but fighting wars, which obviously brings prosperity and wealth.
What rubbish… Is it the duty of Pakistani army to shut down some madrassah’s and to arrest some unarmed islamists ? Think before you write !
Another piece of rubbish from another stooge of the enemies of Pakistan. Completely biased and one-sided piece of garbage from a garbage seller.
True. Furthermore, it would also hurt india than anyone. If the war ever stops India knows that Pakistan will than focus on Kashmir issue So India is the one destabilizing not Pakistan..All the terrorists are currently being funded by India. You are blinded by Dollars that is being invested by Indians to fill your mouth and to say these bullshits. While Pakistan is the one suffering from your so called Afghan Emigrants. So if Pakistan is backstabbing you. You should also send your Emigrants to India not Pakistan. Nd why it hurts you when Pakistan is closing borders with you?
Pakistan doesn’t owe even one penny to Afghanistan or USA. Who the hell do you think you are, know your place.
Akash Kakanwar Listen here you filthy Indian man who has vulgar mouth. Control your tongue and learn some manners. That money was for the services Pakistan rendered to USA, not some kind of treat. Since they’ve ended all that support Pakistan has no obligation to help anyone. And why are you so anxious? This does not even concern you, stay out of this and don’t put your nose in other people’s business. You don’t know the history, the events or anything about what’s going on, you’re an outsider, who is unaware of what is really going on here. Your mass population gets regularly fooled, how about you first manage to take note of what a bunch of morons your population is before you start calling others illiterate. Cow-piss made to drink by babies when they are born, you have cow dung toothpaste and soap. To moronic imbeciles worshiping rocks, animals and calling a cow their mother. Hindu exteremism which is very alive and well in your country. Out of control rape cases, out of control unemployment, out of control open defecation and out of control corruption. Know your place, you moronic Indian.
they are too busy running businesses.
Muhammad Saleem lissen to this arab scum oinking..go spread your legs for a dollar riyal or yuan bitch..or maybe your illiterate mullah can bend u over 5 times a day while u bay at the moon and oink with pleasure.
Aditya Shetty Shutup slaves like you Indians come to UAE to work and kiss our arses. Forgetting your place again, like the filthy dogs you are.
Akash Kakanwar Bringing up 1965 and 1971 after getting roasted by me, like cry baby messing with facts and trying to cover your humiliation. Here’s link to 1965 war when Pakistan sent you Indians running: http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-mdrVGntlas4/UioKg2jyNZI/AAAAAAAAENU/nt0ZC6_FE1A/s1600/1965+Australian+Frontpage.jpg
Also forgetting Bangladesh was a revolt and claiming you won a ‘war’ when it never occured. What are you stupid too? You moronic Indian slum dog.
Kargil war of 1999 when Musharraf dared your journalist to ask your army chief of what happened, we knew where you were, you would have been slaughtered like pigs. Even your so-called envoy ran to UN TWICE and asked for help to stop the conflict. You idiot, know your place and history.
Akash Kakanwar One bitch slap from me will make you shit your pants and send you to the hospital. Acting tough, stupid kid. Pakistan is your father. Teray baap nay India kay tukra kar kay Pakistan bhaniya phir Kashmir ka adha hisa liya, yaad rakh gandoo.
Author Haroun Mir is from northern alliance… Born to hate Pakistan…
His words && thinking is not new… blaming Pakistan for every problem in Afghanistan…
Biased dirty author, discuss what Afghan government is doing from corruption to raping opponents, killing innocent, judges ordering female prisoners to sleep with them to get bail…
Funny view point – so long as Pakistan played obedient yes-boy to USA, it is wisely governed; once it tries to be truly indendent, these news agencies call it all sorts of names. Beware of the USA – treacherous ‘friends’, merciless and beastly enemies!
Don’t forget to watch ‘ believer’ with Reza Aslan on CNN, slum dog, even dogs don’t eat dead humans but Hindus do.
Muhammad Saleem khwaab dekhna achcha hai par usko haquiqat samajhna …
If you repeat a lie a thousand times it doesn’t become truth.
Learn to respect PAKISTAN
Watch gen. shaukat aziz on pak tv.about kargill and read on Wikipedia about 65.I don’t have to say what happened to east Pakistan.
Rohit Pandeya Wikipedia is edited by bunch of morons who never were involved, people from different countries who don’t even know what happened. Filled with rotten Indian rats like you, posting lies whenever possible. The West is well known for posting propaganda and promoting lies.
Is it a responsibility of Pakistan to close Indian terror camps established along the Afghan border in the name of Indian consulate being utilized and a launching pads against Pakistan ?? Afghans are our brothers and we have long standing brotherhood based upon unanimous religious and cultural similarities.But how can pakistan last this brotherhood in lieu of its freedom and peace being grabed by the terrorist activities through utilization of Afghan territory. writter of this article is a best example of idiotic hegemony, trying to hide facts and figures from its public and trying to blame pakistan for everything that Afghans have done by playing in the hand of Indian loby. Had India ever been a well wisher to our Afghan Brothers ?? No and not a single example from the past history. Indian in totality utilized the Afghan people and it’s soil to undermine pakistan and thus destabilized the whole region by pushing into war.
If today Indian terror camps be closed in Afghanistan,i guarantee that the whole dilemma will come to an end and will peace prevail in the entire region.
Akash Kakanwar don’t worry about pak enjoy your urine cola and chill
Ungrateful Afghans when your people where being killed and your woman raped by the Russians and Indians were supporting them,it was Pakistan which opened its borders and provided them shelters.Now you are sitting in the lap of Indians.
India is pakistan enemy no 1 as modi has acknowledged that india has created Bangladesh so pakistan is the suffering country at hands of India and burden of regional stability comes upon India due to its dubious character about it’s neighbours and India must leave it’s akand Bharat policy
Quiet well but biased statement.Listen! Pakistan have hosted 4 million refugees and still hosting them with a cordial behaviour even when Pakistan is under strict economic crisis.2nd one rise of influence of india in Afghanistan at jalalabad i.e building of mass embassies is also posing a threat to pakistan surveillence As every ona knows that Afg is a buffer state and always the countries used it for proxies So avoiding the threat of Survival and filling the gap of detterence by Hindutwa’s concept escalated the concerns of Pakistan to stablize Afghanistan in real way by all stakeholders i.e Pakistan U.S and The natives of Afghanistan.No doubt India is not a key player in Afghanistan so it has some malicious intentions there for harming Pakistan and nothing except it.
Muhammad Saleem toh phir enjoy your madarssa history and ISPR videos and remain delusional.who cares …..ostrich with its head in the sand is your story …
Harry Khan idiots like you believe that jackass and his name belies how honest is his reportage.
Muhammad Saleem gen. Aziz is on your own tv talking about that coward Musharraf who refused to acknowledge his dead soldiers and we buried them with full honours inlike your guys who mutilate and torture our soldiers.
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