Indo-U.S. Alliance Behind Entry of Militants Into Pakistan
"An Indo-U.S. alliance is using Afghanistan as a base for
destabilizing Pakistan. … America's laid-back attitude toward border security shows
it is deliberately allowing these border crossings to occur. On top of that,
the U.S. continues to scold Pakistan about how it isn't doing enough to combat
these very same militants."
Jalaluddin Haqqani, some time in the 1990s: A Pastun and a fierce leader of the resistance to Soviet occupation, he now leads a pro-Taliban group of fighters that Pakistan would rather talk to than fight.
Militants backed by the
nation's enemies are sneaking into Pakistan from Afghanistan, according to Interior
Minister Rehman Malik. That would appear to confirm that an Indo-U.S. alliance is
using Afghanistan as a base for destabilizing Pakistan.
Since the United States maintains
such a strong surveillance program along the Afghan border, it would seem impossible
for militants to cross into our territory without American knowledge and
support. Neither would militants attempt such a feat without outside pressure. The
rebels in Afghanistan are too busy fighting the United States to be bothered with
what goes on across the border - at least not without a hefty bribe. Meanwhile, from the
beginning of the conflict, the Indian government has exploited its presence in
Afghanistan by mounting a proxy war to fish in our troubled waters.
In an effort to prevent rogue
elements from slipping into Pakistan, Interior Minister Malik has called for increased
security checks along the Pakistan-Afghan border. Keeping in view the Indian
tactic of turning mercenaries and militias from across Afghanistan against
Pakistan, the border needs to be patrolled much more effectively.
Isn't it strange that while
the militants keep pouring in from Afghanistan, U.S. forces deployed along the
border do nothing to stop them? The Americans must be aware of the repercussions
if armed criminal groups were allowed to walk into Pakistan unimpeded. America's
laid-back attitude toward border security, however, shows that it is deliberately
allowing these border crossings to occur. On top of that, the U.S. continues to
scold Pakistan about how it isn't doing enough to combat these very same militants.
To this end, the chairman on
the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, Carl Levin, has
urged Pakistan to launch fresh offensives in North Waziristan and against the
Haqqani network. It should be no secret to the Americans that with its
large Pashtun areas, if Pakistan were to attack Haqqani, it would be shooting
itself in the foot. But despite this, the U.S. continues to push Islamabad to
deal with him militarily, rather than seeking a negotiated settlement. But
Pakistan must consider its own national interests before those of any other nation.
While it should keep a tight vigil on the border and stop troublemakers from
sneaking across it, Pakistan must also work toward finding a political solution
to the conflict.
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