No democratic government has survived the full term in Pakistan. Something which the Pakistan Army takes great pride in having ruled Pakistan for half of its existence directly and the rest indirectly. In the worst face off between the civil government and the military, both of which are suffering legitimacy crisis in Pakistan, the scales […]
Why is the (Pakistan) Army getting weaker? The problem is not the lack of materiel – guns, bombs, men, and money. These have relatively easy fixes. Instead it is the military’s diminished moral power and authority, absence of charismatic leadership, and visibly evident accumulation of property and wealth. More than anything else, the Army has sought to please both the Americans as well as their enemies
US strategic operations to turn Pakistan into a dependent-client-state goes back to the early 1950′s, just about the time Kayani and Pasha were born! The two know nothing else except growing up and serving their Army and covert intelligence in US-dependent-client Pakistan.
Japan Will the Crisis Create a New Japan? – Washington Post opinion The Stranded Await the Merciful – New York Times Radiation Levels In Japan Causing Concern in Other Countries - VOA Af Pak House Rejects Quick Drawdown from Afghanistan – Associated Press Afghan Institutions Making Strides, Petraeus Says - AFPS CIA Drones Kill Civilians in Pakistan – […]
A Taliban or Taliban backed government in Afghanistan in the long run would attract al Qaeda and its acolytes backed by Pakistan to flourish in the high mountains of Af Pak. Finding short term reorientation to enable a graceful exit without putting viable structures in Af Pak may hurt the NATO interests in the long run. Pakistan, China, Iran and the Arab world are looking for just this to happen. Yes, it might also arm the Northern Alliance to redesign the battlefields of Af Pak. The Pentagon debate of weakening Taliban enough with a surge before negotiating with them is also borne out of scant regard for the Taliban obduracy and will open new frontiers in this war.
An interesting article in Foreign Policy asks, in view of the recent US Pakistan spat, as to what does Obama want from Pakistan? . It reinforces the view that with a remote controlled civil government at its disposal, Pakistan Army is ruling the roost in Pakistan to the detriment of US war efforts. Their ultimate aim […]