Some bollocks

What is that they are smoking at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy

Yesterday, it was David Pollock’s turn to make an incredible argument: that Pakistan won’t stop supporting the Afghan Taliban and other jihadis unless the US “accommodates” its interests in Afghanistan. In short, according to Mr Pollock, that means pushing the Indians out and sending Afghan officials to Pakistan for training.

It’s unclear what expertise Mr Pollock has over Afghanistan & Pakistan, but you would have thought that people in Washington are aware of the events of the 1990s. Afghanistan came to host a number of international jihadi groups, in addition to Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda, because Pakistani interests were accommodated in the manner he suggests. We know how that turned out for the United States, India and for Afghanistan.

You would have also thought that people in Washington are aware of what many Afghans think of Pakistan. Sending Afghan security personnel to Pakistan (instead of India) for training might sound like a good idea, until you hear Afghan men and women tell you exactly what they feel about Pakistan. According to a survey conducted by ABC News, ‘BBC’ and others, 81% of Afghans had unfavourable views of Pakistan, 73% felt that it is playing a negative role in Afghanistan. Maybe, just maybe, Mr Pollock should worry about accommodating their wishes and interests.

It is no one’s argument that Pakistan should be stopped from promoting its interests in Afghanistan or anywhere else. The main problem is Pakistan’s use of jihadi terrorism and Islamist extremism as instruments of state policy. There is nothing to suggest that appeasing the Pakistani military-jihadi complex will miraculously cause it to abandon its long-standing strategy. On the contrary, just like what happened after the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan in the late 1980s, an emboldened military-jihadi complex will just get more ambitious.

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6 thoughts on “Some bollocks”

  1. From David Pollocks : But it is in India’s self-interest to contain extremist pressures in Afghanistan and Pakistan – and one paradoxically clever way to do that is to lower India’s profile in Afghanistan.

    Remember Kandahar highjacking anyone ? Did it help Indian interests. Or those of Khalid Sheikh Mohammad, Omar Sheikh, Maulana Masood Azhar and other assorted assholes.

    I wonder why India keeps mum at such outrageous rubbish coming from American press. Considering that US has a lot of explaining to do regarding the case of Davood Gilani aka David Headley.

  2. Following his recent magnum opus, Pollock got a sound kicking in his bollocks by many of the readers of WP. What can India do? It is a free country and Pollock’s credibility was never high.

  3. Even if India were to dilute its presence(it should not) in Afghanistan, for us it will not be a change of scenario. I visualise the Chinese stepping in after a decade by using Jehadi Battle fodder.
    The very existence of Pakistan rests on “the kafir’s threat”from the East. Four generations have grown up on this premise. The dependence on their army will dwindle if relations are mended. Will Kayani or his successor accept it ?
    It is high time we introspect. Stop begging to all and sundry that my neighbour is troublesome. Make it very clear to the US corporates and armament industry that – so many billion $ deal with India is on hold, till you stop Hillary Clinton prancing on a half yearly basis to Islamabad with a cheque. The bottom line is THE DOLLAR.
    We should get rid of our diplomats who do not have much to show for the past 60 years(no normal relations with any of our 7 neighbours incl Nepal now- we let the Commies rule the roost)- get some hard core businessmen to talk in Washington.
    Let Kayani go to the Saudis Qatar or the United Nations of Hillal for money. The Arabs in any case look down on the sub continient Muslim and will not loosen his purse strings so easily.
    As for US experts – the less said the better. Can they really understand the emerging unipolar world? They have failed to do so. Ignore them as you would Arundati Roy & Geelani. Let us put our house in order.It is a profusely leaking tub boat.

  4. The things is Pakistan needs to be involved in negotiations for peace in Afghanistan. It’s unavoidable.

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