Many Pakistani citizens have been criticizing their government for fighting for the United States and causing the bombing of civilians in the larger cities as the “Taliban” respond by suicide bombers exploding their bombs, themselves, and all those around them. The Pakistani citizen feel less safe since the Pakistan Military started its artillery shelling, air plane bombings and helicopter attacks of the Swat Valley (2.5 Million citizens displaced) and South Waziristan (300,000 citizens displaced). The U.S. Assassination Drone attacks add to their belief that the U.S. forced the Pakistan Government to attack, and even paid them to do it through the Kerry-Luger 7.5 Billion USD over five years. President Zardari’s popularity is at an all-time low.
Prime Minister Gilani responds: “This is our own war”
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani has said that Pakistan is fighting the war against terror in its own interest and strongly rejected the notion that it was being carried out on any other country’s behest.‘We are not mercenaries or service providers either, and nobody has to judge our performance,’ the Prime Minister said in an interview with BBC in London before concluding his four-day official visit to the United Kingdom and Germany.‘One thing I tell you, this is our own war and we are fighting it for the interest of our own country,’ said PM Gilani. On US President Barack Obama’s new Afghanistan war strategy, the Prime Minister said he wanted ‘more clarity’ from Americans in this regard before his country could take action on it. Gilani appreciated Obama’s intentions about the security and prosperity of Pakistan, however said his government was studying the US plan to send 30,000 extra troops to Afghanistan and also examining its implications on Pakistan.
‘We would likely to see what precisely would be [the policy’s] impact on Pakistan,’ he said. The Prime Minister said he had apprehensions that the surge of 30,000 troops in Afghanistan’s Helmand province would result in the influx of militants into Balochistan province. ‘But as far as Afghanistan is concerned, yes there has to be an exit strategy,’ the Prime Minister said, while appreciating the building of institutions in Afghanistan as a ‘positive thing’. ‘One thing is clear, we cannot afford losing, because it is our own war and a stable Afghanistan is in the interest of Pakistan,’ he stressed.
The Caspian Sea Pipelines have to go through Afghanistan and Balochistan (Pakistan) See our story “Political Borders does not a Country Make…”
For a great analysis of President Obama’s speech and its ramifications, read Pepe Escobar’s piece “Vietnam Lite revealed”, in the Asia Times Online here. A taste below:
…For all his lofty rhetoric, Obama is still pulling a Bush, not making any distinction between al-Qaeda – an Arab jihadi outfit whose objective is a global caliphate – and the Taliban – indigenous Afghans who want an Islamic emirate in Afghanistan but would have no qualms in doing business with the US, as they did during the Bill Clinton years when the US badly wanted to build a trans-Afghan gas pipeline. On top of it, Obama cannot admit that the “Pak” neo-Taliban now exist because of the US occupation of “Af”…The myth of al-Qaeda has to be exposed. How could al-Qaeda pull off 9/11 but be incapable of mounting a single significant attack inside Saudi Arabia? That’s because al-Qaeda is essentially a thinly disguised brigade of Saudi intelligence. The US wants to win “the war on terror”? Why not send special forces to Saudi Arabia instead of Afghanistan and knock the Wahhabis – the root of it all – out of power? Obama could at least have noticed what notorious Afghan mujahid, former Saudi protege, former Central Intelligence Agency darling and current American public enemy, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, told al-Jazeera. He stressed, “The Taliban government came to an end in Afghanistan due to the wrong strategy of al-Qaeda.”
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