Lifting the veil on conflict, culture and politics
The shoe’s on the other foot. The Pakistani army is saying that it’s being let down by U.S. forces in eastern Afghanistan just when it has made hard-fought gains against militants along its stretch of the border.
Some 700 militants have fled a successful military offensive in Pakistan’s Bajaur tribal agency to the Afghan province of Kunar just over the border but no action had been taken against them, according to a Reuters report from the area.
That’s the sort of criticism that U.S. military officials had repeatedly levelled against Pakistan over the past couple of years and only in recent months some of it has quietened down as Islamabad turns up the heat on the Taliban.
Is there really a lack of resolve on the Afghan side of the troubled border? Or is it that the Americans are changing strategy? Foreign troop presence has been thinning in recent months in sparsely populated Kunar under U.S. and NATO commander Lieutenant General Stanley McChrystal’s new counter-strategy focused on improving security in population centres.