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Battleground Afghanistan

Battleground Afghanistan



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Published by: Brasstacks on Jan 11, 2012
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“Asia is a body built of clay and water  Afghanistan is the heart in this body! If Afghanistan is in turmoil, the whole of Asia would be in Turmoil  If Afghanistan is in peace, the whole of Asia would be in peace.” Allama Iqbal 
Paradox within a Paradox:
The above stunning, almost prophetic, geo-political vision of Iqbal is starkly visible today as the entireregion, especially Pakistan is faced with an existential threat from the Afghan theatre. While the rapid andviolent reshaping of the Muslim Middle East is being orchestrated by the Neo-Cons in the mainland Arabworld, the occupation of Afghanistan by the western forces is directly threatening the Muslim heartland inWest Asia, greater Khurasan and the Central Asian regions.The new world war for 21
century began in Afghanistan!Despite facing a massive high intensity, decentralized, imposed asymmetric 4
generation war within itsown borders, Pakistan’s Afghan policy remains fatally confused, disoriented and without any strategicvision. This strategic confusion within the political government has created an unprecedented threatenvironment in which the differentiation between friend and foe has been deliberately confused throughan orchestrated information war and psy-ops by the extra regional forces.The irony is overwhelmingly stark, the contradictions paradoxical:
Pakistan army is fighting a bloody and ruthless insurgency backed by the US/NATO/India,simultaneously Pakistan is also an ally of the western forces.
Pakistan had agreed to help the US in the war against Afghan Taliban and Al-Qaeda insideAfghanistan but the US has pushed the war inside Pakistan under the Af-Pak doctrine.
Weapons, explosives and supplies to the insurgents against Pakistan are being provided by thewestern forces from Afghanistan, while their own supply lines pass through Pakistan which alsocarry the logistics for the insurgencies.
Afghan Taliban and other resistance groups are fighting a war against the foreign occupationforces but are not considered allies by Pakistan.
Karzai regime is a hostile enemy government but treated as an ally by Islamabad.
TTP is an insurgent group fighting against Pakistan but the US insists that Pakistan should onlyfight the Afghan resistance instead.
Afghan resistance does not fight Pakistan and considers the TTP as a terrorist asset but does notfight the TTP as Pakistan does not recognize the Afghan resistance.
Drones kill more pro-Pakistan Afghan resistance and Pakistani tribal civilians than terrorists,causing serious damage to Pakistan’s interests but still Islamabad allows the attacks as a matter of  policy.
The ISI and CIA are supposed to be allies but CIA is working systematically to decapitate the premier Pakistani secret service and a violent war rages between the two spy agencies under thefaçade of cooperation!
India wages a ruthless war, supporting multiple insurgencies in FATA and Baluchistan throughAfghanistan but Pakistan continues to engage India in “peace” process. India also continues to block Pakistani waters and also supports urban terrorists of MQM and ANP in Karachi.Under this most bizarre, complex, dangerous and confused geopolitical threat scenario, Pakistan is led bythe most corrupt, compromised and dysfunctional regime in its history, further creating a leadership crisisin times of war. In the last 4 years of this regime, not a single debate has been initiated on the Afghan policy which addresses the above core issues. The policies of the Musharraf era are being pursued, whichhad brought this brutal war upon Pakistan in the first place. Still, the leadership cannot decide how toextricate Pakistan from this war despite over 50,000 dead and wounded, both from the armed forces andthe civil society, in the last 4 years alone. The entire country has been turned into a battle ground but stillthe regime does not plan any policy analysis on the Afghan theatre and the threats emerging from it. The“strategic blindness” of the leadership has created an existential threat environment for the state and thenation.

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