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Pakistan seeks role in Afghan endgame: report

February 11, 2010

NEW YORK: In a departure from its previous reluctance to approach the Taliban, Pakistan has told the United States it wants a central role in resolving the Afghan war, the New York Times reported on Wednesday quoting American and Pakistani officials.

The offer, aimed at preserving Pakistan’s influence in Afghanistan once the Americans left, could both help and hurt American interests as Washington debated reconciling with the Taliban, the newspaper said.

Army chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani expressed Pakistan’s willingness to mediate at a meeting late last month at the Nato headquarters with top American military officials, a senior US military official familiar with the meeting told the newspaper.

The meeting was attended by the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen, the head of Central Command, Gen David H. Petraeus, and the commander of US and allied troops in Afghanistan, Gen Stanley A. McChrystal, the official said.

“The Pakistanis want to be part of discussions that could involve reconciliation,” the official said.

Pakistan’s desire to work with the United States in an Afghanistan endgame is likely to be discussed by National Security Adviser Gen James L. Jones in Islamabad. So far, the United States has been more eager to push Pakistan to fight the Taliban than to negotiate with them, and has not endorsed Pakistan’s new approach.

At the Jan 26 Nato meeting with General Kayani, US military commanders reviewed the list of hardware, MI-17 helicopters, ammunition for Cobra attack helicopters, body armour, armoured vehicles, that has been put on a fast track to the Pakistani military as an inducement to take on the Haqqanis, the newspaper said.

But Gen Kayani was unmoved. “There is no need at this point to start a steamroller operation in North Waziristan,” he told journalists last week.

Last month he took Gen McChrystal on a helicopter tour over the mountains of the Swat Valley, where Pakistani paratroopers landed last summer to flush out Taliban insurgents.

The message was that the Pakistani Army still regarded India as its primary enemy and was stretched too thin to open a new front.

The Pakistani offer makes clear that any stable solution to the war will have to take into account Afghanistan’s neighbours, in a region where Pakistan, India, China, Iran and others all jostle for power.

Pakistani officials familiar with Gen Kayani’s thinking said that even as the United States added troops to Afghanistan, he had determined that the Americans were looking for a fast exit. The impression, they said, was reinforced by President Barack Obama’s scant mention of the war in his State of the Union address.

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4 comments

  1. RISING SHINING BHARAT: FACT OF THE DAY

    (Based on a true event): An indian muslim came to pakistan and was traveling in train sitting on floor. He had bought a ticket but was sitting on the floor. A pakistani muslim asked him why was he sitting on floor when he had bought a ticket, he replied: “in india we travel like this, because we are not allowed to sit on seats”. Pakistani muslim replied: “well this is pakistan and every one’s equal, sit here”. He was stunned as asked if he could really sit on seats without fear.


    • I am sure that the visitors on this blog have more intelligence than what you think the have.

      Pls do not insult the intelligence of others by such stuff.


    • Letter from Aafia Saddiqui – My Dead Nation

      My name is Dr. Afia educated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA) with three children and aim of helping my nation with my high class education is very pleased from your help.

      I was kidnapped from my own country by my brothers and sold to America. I was brutally treated, raped, tortured, again and again given name prisoner 650. I prayed for my Muhammad Bin Qasim for every second of my years in prison in a Muslim country Afghanistan.

      I am sister of 1/5 world’s Muslim population . My nation is historically famous in defending and protecting their citizens right from the beginning. Hazrat Omar (RA) Said, if a dog dies near river Arafat, Omar will be responsible on day of judgment.

      At the moment I can’t walk on my own, one kidney is removed, bullet wound in my chest, denied any medical and legal aid and not sure whether I will be alive or not.

      I would like to revoke my status of sister. I am a proud Muslim, follower of Hazrat Muhammad SAW, daughter of Hazrat Abubakar, Hazrat Umar, Hazrat Usman and Hazrat Ali and Companions and their true followers. I don’t want to be your sister.

      They are my protectors and I will seek Allah’s help not yours.

      I don’t want to be Pakistani who has 600,000 troops and special force SSG but fail to protect me, they sworn to protect me but refused when I was looking at them for help.
      My so called Muslim Ummah having millions of soldiers, guns, tanks. Automatic weapons, fighter plans, submarines and yet they failed to save me.

      Don’t worry about day of judgment you won’t be answerable as you are not my brothers in Islam. You are Arabic, Persian, Palestinians, African, Malaysian, Indonesian, South Asian but not Muslims.

      I am sorry if hurts you but you can’t imagine how hurt I am.’

      [END OF LETTER]


  2. i wouldn’t trust the NYT, even if it appears to be reporting in an unbiased manner. In any case, i fully trust Kiyani, as he is delivering success after success for the nation.



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