‘Our destiny & na­tional in­ter­ests are linked’

Pakistan Observer - - EDITORIALS & COMMENTS - Gen Mirza As­lam Beg Email: friends­foun­da­tion @live.co.uk ·

con­tacts with the Ji­hadis and had grown into “a pow­er­ful tool of re­sis­tance.” There­fore it had to be cut-down to size, be­fore it could pose threat to Amer­i­can in­ter­ests.

With these ob­jec­tives in mind, power shar­ing was de­nied to the Mu­jahideen, af­ter the Soviet with­drawal and a civil war was in­duced, to weaken the Afghan re­sis­tance, but the ef­forts failed, be­cause the Amer­i­can in­va­sion of 2001, united the Afghan re­sis­tance, which de­feated the Amer­i­can and NATO forces, now re­duced to a force level of 12000 troops, try­ing to deny power shar­ing to the Tal­iban, whereas, Tal­iban stand united against Amer­i­can machi­na­tions and are en­gaged in a grim bat­tle for vic­tory which can­not be de­nied to them.

With the help of the Pak­istan gov­ern­ment, the ISI was purged, “deny­ing them con­tacts with global Ji­hadis and the ex­per­tise of eight years long war of re­sis­tance was lost.” There­fore, ISI was of lit­tle help to the Amer­i­cans and the al­lies, in their 2001-2016 war against the Afghan re­sis­tance. Now, the peace talks have failed and the war of re­sis­tance is grow­ing in in­ten­sity, promis­ing vic­tory to the Tal­iban, the ar­biters of their destiny. The dom­i­nant power in Afghanistan, there­fore, is Tal­iban — “the ir­re­sistible power­base of re­sis­tance” which will tri­umph over tyranny to es­tab­lish the Is­lamic Emi­rate of Afghanistan.

This power base ex­erts a grav­i­ta­tional pull over the neigh­bour­ing coun­tries. Rus­sia, China, Iran and the Cen­tral Asian coun­tries, who are de­vel­op­ing close re­la­tion­ship with Tal­iban, who form the core of the re­sis­tance that will de­ter­mine the fu­ture re­gional geo-po­lit­i­cal se­cu­rity pa­ram­e­ters. Pak­istan is still in a “coali­tion mode” with Amer­ica, and our pol­icy in this re­gard is in a state of limbo. How­ever, to our good luck the Prov­i­dence has of­fered the op­por­tu­nity to Pak­istan, by the Amer­i­cans, who them­selves “have down-graded the coali­tion re­la­tion­ship with Pak­istan” and are pro­mot­ing In­dia, ready and will­ing to play “the game of de­ceit, and de­nial” against the Tal­iban.

This is the defin­ing mo­ment for Pak­istan to take a bold de­ci­sion. The logic is sim­ple, with op­tions avail­able as new op­por­tu­ni­ties are emerg­ing. Pak­istan has to dis­cretely dis­en­gage it­self from bor­der com­mit­ments and get en­gaged with the process of change tak­ing place in the re­gion: Con­sol­i­date the gains of Zarb-i-Azb; seal the bor­ders ef­fec­tively and de­ploy re­sources to ef­fec­tively re­tal­i­ate with pun­ish­ing blows against Afghan forces in­cur­sions into Pak­istan. ·As­sists the gov­ern­ment for the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of the IDPs and set­tle­ment of the civil or­der, on pri­or­ity.

Hand over the bor­der se­cu­rity du­ties to trib­als and civil armed forces.

The Amer­i­can de­ci­sion to ex­tend the mil­i­tary sup­port to the Afghan gov­ern­ment with over 12000 troops is self­de­feat­ing, as it amounts to re­in­forc­ing de­feat suf­fered at the hands of the Tal­iban dur­ing the past decade, de­spite en­joy­ing the sup­port of 150000 Amer­i­can and NATO troops. The out­come is writ large in favour of the Tal­iban en­joy­ing a stronger will and com­mit­ment to the cause — free­dom of the moth­er­land. With seren­ity of judg­ment, Pak­istan has to play its hand dis­cretely as the destiny un­folds the power of the grav­i­ta­tional force of the Afghan re­sis­tance, unit­ing the neigh­bour­ing coun­tries into a coali­tion of the will­ing, de­ter­min­ing a new re­gional se­cu­rity or­der against the global power bro­kers in­volved in Afghanistan.

PS: Few days back Afghan forces in­sti­gated by some agents, at­tacked Pak­istan across Torkham bor­der. Pak­istan army re­tal­i­ated, pun­ish­ing the per­pe­tra­tors of the crime, and shat­tered the con­spir­acy of open­ing a sec­ond front for Pak­istan, so that none could dare take Pak­istan army lightly. — The writer is for­mer Chief of Army Staff, Pak­istan.

With seren­ity of judg­ment, Pak­istan has to play its hand dis­cretely as the destiny un­folds the power of the grav­i­ta­tional force of the Afghan re­sis­tance, unit­ing the neigh­bour­ing coun­tries into a coali­tion of the will­ing, de­ter­min­ing a new re­gional se­cu­rity or­der against the global power bro­kers in­volved in Afghanistan.

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