Demand for targeting TTP hideouts in Afghanistan
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.