Comments on: Pakistan overplays its hand Straight from the Specialists Sun, 06 Mar 2016 13:25:08 +0000 hourly 1 By: shikum Tue, 19 Apr 2011 17:54:50 +0000 Hello Lisa, Since gaining independence in 1947 Pakistan has always overplayed its hand because U.S was always supportive of its anti-status quo policies be it against Iran, Afghanistan or India.Despite its small footprint as a political,economical and geographical entity Pakistan always played a bigger role riding piggyback on U.S arms and other financial support.The difference now is that Cold war has ended and U.S finds itself weakening and its cold war ally is now working cross-purposes to U.S Policy in the region.

Historically Pakistan was part of the alleged khorasan region(Iran + Afghanistan + Pakistan) which has been of no productive value much before islam arrived in this area and since 1000 year ago after islam arrived here pushing the whole region into turmoil and devastation and since then this area has been unstable and a danger to the main indian mainland if i may call it only providing foot soldiers of tryanny and loot. The only exception being Iran which found oil as a commodity to run its economy.

There is no agricuture and industry and intellectual capacity developed since hundreds of years and they want that history be repeated and they are again bent upon creating disturbances and mayhem again in the sub-continent.The stimulus for that has been provided by the U.S with its sightless policy of supporting the afghan jihad which Pakistan now feels and thinks can be replicated worldwide under its Nuclear Umbrella .This is their world view and for which U.S must blame itself fully.The U.S may think that it is immune because of being far away but i think it will a mistake to think like that because to secure political power under banner of Islamic jihad the Jihadists will not take physical control of the Government but create condition of anarchy and chaos and enable the Military officers sympathetic to the jihad cause which have the same mindset.They are not going to come from outside but from inside as they are already in control.

Please note Islamic thought abhors economic and intellectual upliftment and this has been the history. You cannot fight a politico-military islamic movement with economics or appeasement. you have to defeat them first.I am sure that you have read the book the Koranic concept of war by Brig. S.K Malik whose foreword was written by Gen. Zia ul Haq.