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US faces harsh reality with Islamabad

December 21, 2009

Anne Gearan

Analysis: Hard reality as U.S. pushes Pakistan. Washington’s diplomatic dance with Islamabad has limits in terror fight.

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan will not go as far as Washington wants, and there’s nothing the U.S. can do about it: That’s the sobering reality as the U.S. tries to persuade a hesitant Pakistan to finish off the fight against terrorists.

Expand the current assault against the Taliban? Pakistan has made clear that will happen only on its own terms. U.S. officials acknowledge that so far they haven’t won the argument that militants who target America are enemies of Pakistan, too.

The U.S. has offered Pakistan $7.5 billion in military aid and broader cooperation with the armed forces. The assistance is intended to help Pakistan speed up its fight not only against internal militants, but also against al-Qaida and Taliban leaders hiding near the border with Afghanistan.

Pakistanis are deeply suspicious of America’s power and motives, making it difficult for their leaders to accede to Washington’s pressure in public, lest they look like U.S. puppets.

U.S. officials say that while Pakistani officials cooperate more in private, there are definite limits. The U.S. wanted Pakistan to move forces deeper into the tribal belt before winter. It didn’t happen, and might not at all.

A senior U.S. diplomat hinted at a separate agreement that would allow the U.S. itself to take on some of the hidden war against Pakistan’s militants.

Threat to U.S. forces:

Speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive talks with Pakistan, the diplomat said last week that more U.S. action is expected against the Haqqani network, led by longtime resistance fighter and former U.S. ally Jalaluddin Haqqani. His network, based in the Waziristan tribal area in northwest Pakistan, reportedly has strong ties with al-Qaida and targets U.S. forces in eastern Afghanistan from across the border.

The diplomat said the stepped-up U.S. action would come with Pakistani support, but would not elaborate on the potential cooperation.

Pakistani officials claim they have targeted the Haqqani leadership, albeit unsuccessfully, and will go after the network when the time is right. Some U.S. officials believe that, others don’t.

Military officials say the Haqqani problem illustrates how the United States sometimes needs Pakistan more than the other way around.

The U.S. military now counts the Haqqani network as the single gravest threat to U.S. forces fighting over the border in Afghanistan, and badly wants Pakistan to push the militants from their border refuges. But the Pakistani answer seems to be that unless and until the Haqqanis threaten Pakistan, they won’t be a priority.

Time, patience:

Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, was the latest U.S. official to make the case in a visit to Pakistan’s capital last week.

More than most U.S. officials, Mullen has cordial, long-standing relationships with Pakistan’s generals, the strongest power base inside the country. Despite those ties, Mullen’s quiet effort met with a polite noncommittal from his hosts.

Mullen advises patience and humility in dealing with Pakistan, a view not shared by some leading Republicans in Congress. Mullen said Pakistan doesn’t get enough credit for the push since spring against militants in the Swat valley and South Waziristan.

“Too many people eagerly and easily criticize Pakistan for what they have not done,” Mullen said Sunday, days after Pakistan’s military leaders took Mullen on a tour of a reclaimed Swat.

“When I go to Swat, and look at what they did there on the military I think it’s pretty extraordinary.”

Most of the groups aligned against the U.S. are in North Waziristan, a tribal area not pressed hard by Pakistan’s army. The only firepower directed at militants there comes from American missile-loaded drones.

Mullen told students at Pakistan’s National Defense University that the U.S. is concerned about what it sees as a growing coordination among terrorist networks in and around Pakistan.

“I do not, certainly, claim that they are great friends, but they are collaborating in ways that quite frankly, scare me quite a bit,” Mullen said last week.

He did not come out and say Pakistan needs to expand the fight against militants. But his point was clear.

Sensitive ground:

In an exchange of letters over recent weeks, Obama asked for more cooperation and Pakistan’s president, Asif Ali Zardari, pledged some additional help, U.S. officials said. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity to describe private correspondence.

Zardari, reflecting the views of Pakistan’s powerful military, said his government will move against militants that attack U.S. forces when it is able to do so, the officials said.

That leaves ample room for Pakistan’s civilian leaders to pursue their own agenda — and on their own schedule.

Without additional pressure from inside Pakistan, the only other option is for the U.S. to finish the fight against terrorists on its own. But Pakistan doesn’t allow outright U.S. military action on its soil.

Mullen seemed to recognize that when he told the military students that he knows the U.S. is perceived as acting in its own interests almost at any cost, so it can hardly ask others not to put their own needs first.

“Sometimes that gets lost on us,” he said.

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14 comments

  1. motherfuckers americans fuck of and leave pakistan alone stop the drone attacks once and for all and to this corrupt pak goverment your days are numbered
    zardari mr ten percent is a american agent


    • I am giving you 10+


  2. Americans if you feel unsafe here and have a lot of security personnel for your security and also your diplomats can not come out of car at security check post then get the F—- out of here from our country we don’t want you and your F—– aid for Pakistan. Piss off please.

    Pakistan Zindabad


  3. beleive me these americans are the worst of the worst
    people of the world oh allah please exterminate them once and for all


    • Brothers, In Qaseeda Shah Wali Allah it is written. Alf will be attacked from Maghribana. And Alf will be destroyed such as k nam o nishan he mit jay ga from earth. Nothing will be left but only name and maps in history books.

      They will be destroyed from R and Shikast horda Jeem. You can think Shah Wali Allah have written weapons from hell will be used.


      • Can you explain further like who are Alf and Maghribana…R and Jeem?

        Weapons of destruction will be used on whom according to this prophecy??


  4. I just pray to Allah to let me live long enough so that i can see the American’s,Indian’s and Israelis on their knee’s begging for mercy.In return we shoot them in the head and behead them like animals without mercy making a public show off it.

    Pakistan is holding it’s ground and making excuses until the times comes when it will turn against the rednecks.Even they know deep down that Pakistanis don’t trust them.


    • We cannot do that… remember Islam is a religion of compassion


      • Compassion is for human beings not heartless animals!.They’ve killed millions thus desrve no sympathy in return.


  5. Brothers pay attention to this too!!!
    امریکیوں کی ناقابل برداشت غیر سفارتی سرگرمیوں میں اضافہ!
    لاہور ائرپورٹ پر امریکی قونصلیٹ کے عملے نے پراسرار سامان سے بھرے 10 ڈبے کسٹمز حکام سے چھڑا لئے۔ تلاشی لینے کے معاملے پر ان کا کسٹمز حکام سے جھگڑا بھی ہوا۔ ہمارے نمائندہ خصوصی کے مطابق ہفتہ کی دوپہر تھائی ائرویز کی فلائٹ کے ذریعے مذکورہ سامان ائرپورٹ پہنچا تو وصولی کیلئے امریکی قونصلیٹ کا عملہ موجود تھا۔ کسٹم حکام نے پراسرار سامان چیک کرنے کی کوشش کی تو امریکیوں نے اسے روک دیا اور غنڈہ گردی کا مظاہرہ کرتے ہوئے سامان تلاشی اور کسٹم کی ادائیگی کے بغیر لے گئے۔
    صرف لاہور میں نہیں پورے ملک میں امریکی سفارتکاروں کی پراسرار سرگرمیوں میں اضافہ ہو رہا ہے۔ یہ لوگ بلا لائسنس اور ممنوعہ بور کا اسلحہ لئے جعلی نمبر لگی گاڑیوں میں دندناتے پھرتے ہیں۔ تلاشی کا کہا جائے تو کاٹنے کو دوڑتے ہیں اگر سکیورٹی اہلکاران کو حراست میں لیتے ہیں تو وزارت داخلہ کے حکام چھڑوانے کے لئے خود موقع پر یا تھانوں میں پہنچ جاتے ہیں۔ اسلام آباد میں امریکی سفارتکاروں کی دیدہ دلیری عرصے سے جاری ہے۔ لاہور میں چند روز میں 5 ایسے واقعات ہو چکے ہیں، تازہ ترین واقعہ میں جہاں امریکی سفارتکاروں نے غنڈہ گردی اور بدمعاشی کا مظاہرہ کیا وہیں کسٹمز حکام نے بھی اپنی ذمہ داری سے روگردانی کی۔ اپنے مشیروں وزیروں کی بات ہو تو ان کے گریبان تک ہاتھ ڈال دیا جاتا ہے۔ امریکی سامان بغیر تلاشی اور کسٹمز کی ادائیگی کے کیوں جانے دیا؟ احساس کمتری میں مبتلا ہونے کے بجائے اپنے اختیارات کا استعمال اور ذمہ داری کا مظاہرہ کیا جانا چاہئے تھا۔ ایک طرف سڑکوں اور گلیوں میں امریکی سفارتکاروںاور غیر سفارتکاروں کی غیر سفارتی اور مذموم سرگرمیاں جاری ہیں۔ دوسری طرف اس نے اپنے سفارتخانے اور پولیس کالج سہالہ کو سازشوں کی آماجگاہ بنا دیا گیا ہے۔ سہالہ کالج میں پاکستان کے سکیورٹی اداروں اور پولیس کو تربیت دینے کے نام پر امریکی ماہرین موجود ہیں۔ تربیت کی پاکستانی اداروں کو ضرورت ہے۔ وہ جہاں سے چاہیں تربیت حاصل کریں۔ اگر امریکی ماہرین سے حاصل کرنا ہے تو امریکہ جا کر حاصل کریں۔ پاکستان آ کر تربیت دینے کا کیا جواز ہے؟ دراصل یہ لوگ تربیت دینے کی آڑ میں اپنے مذموم عزائم کی تکمیل چاہتے ہیں۔ کالج میں جو علاقہ ان کو دیا گیا ہے وہ کالج کمانڈنٹ کے لئے بھی نوگو ایریا ہے اور عرصہ سے وہاں کسی قسم کی تربیت کا کوئی کام نہیں ہو رہا۔ اس لئے امریکی ماہرین کی یہاں کوئی ضرورت نہیں، ان کو واپس بھجوایا جائے۔ تربیت کی ضرورت ہو گی تو پاکستانیوں کو وہاں بھیج دیا جائے گا۔ اگر امریکی پاکستان آ کر تربیت دینے پر مصر ہیں تو ان کو ضرورت پڑنے پر بلا لیا جائے اور حکومت پاکستان جہاں چاہے ان کے قیام کا انجام کرے۔ عظیم ایٹمی سائنسدان اور ایٹم بم کے خالق ڈاکٹر عبدالقدیر خاں کے گھر کے قریب ہی تربیت دینے دلانے پر امریکیوں کے اصرار کو رد کر دینا چاہئے۔ پاکستان آزاد اور خودمختار ملک ہے امریکہ سمیت دیگر غیر ملکیوں کی سرگر میوں سے عام پاکستانی تشویش میں مبتلا ہیں اور یہ بات عام ہو چکی ہے کہ یہ لوگ پاکستان مخالف کسی سازش کے ایجنڈے پر عمل پیرا ہیں۔ حکومت کو چاہئے کہ ان پر کڑی نظر رکھے اور غیر سفارتی سرگرمیاں مطلقاً بند کر دی جائیں اور اگر کوئی اس کی خلاف ورزی کرتا ہے تو قانون کے مطابق اس سے نمٹا جائے اور کسی قسم کی رو رعایت نہ کی جائے۔


    • These cartons had explosive devices inside later these will be supplied to TTP terrorists or Indian RAW agents via black water’s local agents and then these will be used against our innocent civilians and armed forces.

      Dyncorp linked to black water, one of its personnel was caught on attacking the brigadiers of Pak Army. We should kick the ass of these special Americans and throw them away to their own dirty land.


  6. BLACKWATER LIKE I HAVE STATED PREVIOUSLY YOUR DAYS ARE NUMBERED IN PAKISTAN
    THE PEOPLE OF PAKISTAN ARE WAKING UP TO SCHEMES AND COVERT AGENDA PLANTING BOMBS IN CIVILLIAN AREAS THEN
    BLAMING TELEBAN YOU HAVE BEEN FOUND OUT ITS JUST A MATTER OF TIME BEFORE YOU MEET YOUR FATE WE PAKISTANIS
    ARE NOT GOING TO FALL IN THIS TRAP THAT YOU HAVE SET
    YOUR AGENDA IS TO CREATE CIVIL WAR IN PAKISTAN AS A PRETEXT TO TAKE CONTROL OF OUR NEUCLEAR WEAPONS


    • In Iraq Black water planted bombs in Sunni areas and blame it for Shias and vice versa, the same techniques these ass holes are trying to implement here i.e. planting bombs in civilian areas and markets and blame it for TTP. They are supported by traitor Malik who is a MOSSAD agent. Pakistanis open your eyes and understand internal and external enemies. Special Americans get the F— out of our country we Pakistanis hate you. Piss off


  7. stop the drone attacks on pakistan soil once and for all i urge the pakistani army



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