De­mand for tar­get­ing TTP hide­outs in Afghanistan

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Vcivil­ian ISIT of the high level US del­e­ga­tion to Pak­istan and its meet­ings with

and mil­i­tary lead­er­ship of the coun­try af­forded an op­por­tu­nity to dis­cuss and sort out ir­ri­tants in bi­lat­eral re­la­tions but there is hardly any hope of bridg­ing of the trust gap that is widen­ing be­cause of dic­ta­to­rial at­ti­tude of the other side that is try­ing to im­pose its will on the coun­try. What tran­spired af­ter th­ese meet­ings lend weight to the view point of Ad­vi­sor on For­eign Af­fairs Sar­taj Aziz that there was a need to re­view Pak­istan’s re­la­tion­ship and co­op­er­a­tion with the United States.

It is an es­tab­lished fact that ori­gin of ter­ror and sub­ver­sive ac­tiv­i­ties in Pak­istan is in Afghanistan and both In­dian spy agency RAW and Afghan in­tel­li­gence agency NDS are hands in glove in desta­bi­liz­ing Pak­istan, es­pe­cially Balochis­tan, FATA and Karachi. This is not a fic­tion as Pak­istan has un­de­ni­able ev­i­dence that was re­port­edly also shown to Amer­i­cans in­clud­ing con­fes­sions by RAW agent Kulb­hushan. There are also rea­sons to be­lieve that a pro-In­dia sec­tion of Ghani ad­min­is­tra­tion is pro­vid­ing not only shel­ter but also ma­te­rial sup­port and train­ing to anti-Pak­istani el­e­ments. TTP rem­nants in Afghanistan are so au­da­cious that they frequently mount at­tacks on this side of the Du­rand Line and en­joy hos­pi­tal­ity of anti-Pak­istan cir­cles in Afghan gov­ern­ment. Ev­ery­one knows Mul­lah Fa­zlul­lah, who has blood of in­no­cent stu­dents and teach­ers of Army Public School Peshawar on his hands, is en­joy­ing refuge in Ku­nar Province and is spon­sor­ing ter­ror­ist ac­tiv­i­ties in Pak­istan. Pak­istan has long been rais­ing this is­sue both with Afghan Gov­ern­ment and Wash­ing­ton and it was raised once again dur­ing talks on Fri­day but un­for­tu­nately the United States has adopted a non-co­op­er­a­tive ap­proach in this re­gard. Pak­istan has launched an across the board op­er­a­tion against all sorts of ter­ror­ists but Wash­ing­ton is se­lec­tive as it only tar­gets Afghan Tal­iban and not TTP which presents threats to Pak­istan. One fails to un­der­stand how bi­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion can sus­tain when one side is bent upon adopt­ing dou­ble stan­dards, demon­strat­ing ap­a­thy to­wards Pak­istan’s se­cu­rity. The US can carry out drone strikes in far flung ar­eas of Balochis­tan but it is not will­ing to tar­get Mul­lah Fa­zlul­lah in Ku­nar, which sends a clear mes­sage to peo­ple of Pak­istan that Wash­ing­ton en­cour­ages desta­bi­liza­tion of the coun­try. We would urge Pak­istani au­thor­i­ties that there should be no uni­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion in the war on ter­ror in the face of dou­ble-stan­dard ap­proach.

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