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Le Figaro, France

Pakistan Has its Reasons for Acting Like a 'Double Dealer'

 

"Once the Westerners have left Afghanistan, Pakistan will have to deal with its neighboring country, and if possible, return it to Islamabad's sphere of influence. The last thing it wants to do is appear close to the U.S. There is therefore an element of theater in the current dispute. But it's a dangerous game that can deteriorate if Pakistan is itself swept up into the Afghan conflict - which could well be the case."

 

By Pierre Rousselin

 

Translated By Mary Kenny

 

June 24, 2011

 

France - Le Figaro - Original Article (French)

President delivers his long-awaited address on the U.S. pullout from Afghanistan, which dissapointed hawks and doves alike. Watch video below.

C-SPAN VIDEO, U.S.: President Obama addresses Americans on his plan to withdrawal U.S. troops from Afghanistan, June 22, 00:13:40RealVideo

By giving the go-ahead to a very progressive withdrawal of NATO troops from Afghanistan, Barack Obama has shifted the goal posts of the fight against terrorism to neighboring Pakistan.

 

With the raid that allowed American commandos to kill bin Laden in the garrison town of Abbottabad, relations between the United States and Pakistan have deteriorated further. The fact that the al-Qaeda leader found refuge for six years so close to Islamabad suggests that he received support from the Pakistan secret service [ISI]. This suspicion is reinforced by the discovery, just revealed, of a cell phone tying bin Laden to one of numerous organizations with known connections to that service.

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The absence of any U.S.-Pakistan coordination during the raid has exacerbated Pakistani anger against the United States, while the Americans are more convinced than ever of Pakistani "double-dealing" vis--vis the Taliban and al-Qaeda.

 

But Islamabad has its reasons for cultivating ambiguity: once the Westerners have left Afghanistan, Pakistan will have to deal with its neighboring country, and if possible, return it to Islamabad's sphere of influence. With Islamabad mounting an offensive on its own soil against the Taliban, which has bases on the other side of the border, its means of influencing the Afghan combatants are limited. The last thing it wants to do is appear close to the United States. There is therefore an element of theater in the current dispute. But it's a dangerous game that can deteriorate if Pakistan is itself swept up into the Afghan conflict - which could well be the case.

 

SEE ALSO ON THIS:
The Frontier Post, Pakistan: U.S. Withdrawal Plans 'Spell Doom' for Pakistan
The Frontier Post, Pakistan: Karzai Finally Awakens to American Treachery
The Daily Jang, Pakistan: The Beginning of the End of U.S. in Afghanistan?

The Nation, Pakistan: Obama's Blunt Warning to Pakistan
The Nation, Pakistan: Pakistan Must Break American 'Begging Bowl'
Der Spiegel, Germany: Obama's Plan Reignites German Withdrawal Debate
Asia Times, Hong Kong: Obama 'Puts the Heat' on Pakistan
Telegraph, U.K.: Osama bin Laden hiding place visited by Taliban
Global Times, China: Western Criticism of Pakistan is Wrongheaded and Unfair
La Jornada, Mexico: Afghan Official Asserts: 'Osama Blew Himself Up'
Tehran Times, Iraq: West Uses bin Laden's Death to Distract from Bahrain Atrocities
Diario Decuyo, Argentina: Bin Laden's Death is a 'Call to Arms' for the World's Clergy
El Pais, Spain: After bin Laden: West Must Reflect on Methods of Self-Defense
News, Switzerland: The Pope and the Terrorist: Two Misguided Beatifications
Tagesspiegel, Germany: Osama Photo Issue - Obama's Morally Superior to Bush
The Nation, Pakistan: Afghan Official Asserts: 'Osama Blew Himself Up'
Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland: Finally, It's Beginning of the End for al-Qaeda
Al-Seyassah, Kuwait: Osama Now Being Licked by the 'Hottest Flames in Hell'
Les Dernieres Nouvelles d'Alsace, France: Osama's Photo: 'The Impossible Truth'
Der Spiegel, Germany: Donald Trump and the 2012 'Campaign of Lunacy'
Excelsior, Mexico: Obama Quiets 'Right-Wing Witch Hunters' ... for Now
Izvestia, Russia: Osama bin Laden: From Abbottabad to Hollywood
Frontier Post, Pakistan: U.S. Raid Exposes Pakistan's 'Unnerving Vulnerability'
Al-Madina, Saudi Arabia: Osama Died, But those Who Gain from Terror War Live
Dar al-Hayat, Saudi Arabia: Osama and His Whole Way of Thinking - are Dead
Daily Jang, Pakistan: Operation Against Osama Spells Trouble for Pakistan
Kayhan, Islamic Republic of Iran: Obama Seeks to 'Vindicate Bush'
Outlook Afghanistan: U.S. Must Pursue Mullah Omar as it did bin Laden
Pak Tribune, Pakistan: Senators Call U.S. Operation a Breach of Sovereignty
Frontier Post, Pakistan: Osama Episode Puts Safety of Nuke Assets in Peril

 

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