Comments on: Stirring the hornet’s nest in northwest Pakistan Perspectives on Pakistan Thu, 01 Oct 2015 19:31:05 +0000 hourly 1 By: Ibrahim Sat, 27 Jun 2009 16:52:51 +0000 Imaran Khan says “How do you justify using heavy artillery, helicopter gunships and F-16 fighter-jets in civilian areas? Who in the world does this?”
You are absolutely right Mr. Khan, but there are other things as well that the rest of the world does not do; No one begs for money from the rest of the world for the problems in their own home, but Pakistani (current) leaders are just hungry for collecting as much money as they can, no matter what means they have to use including selling or killing their own people.

By: Nikhil Fri, 19 Jun 2009 00:10:01 +0000 Anis,

I’m not clear what you want to say. I don’t want to digress in to Tamilian dispute in Sri Lanka when we’re talking about Pakistan.

What the disputes tell me is that the strategy of planting and supporting militants against neighboring countries is suicidal. The militants often turn around and bite the host nation. I assume Pakistan is learning that lesson the hard way.

By: Anis Abbas Thu, 18 Jun 2009 14:04:01 +0000 Nikhil,
In thirty years Iran has gone from an American Ally to becoming its worst percieved enemy. The LTTE has gone from being percieved as a hurdle to India’s strategic interests to the status of India’s strategic asset now facing oblivion in the great game. What does it really tell you? In the great game todays’ friend can be tomorrows percieved enemy

By: Nikhil Thu, 18 Jun 2009 01:59:49 +0000 NKO,

You fell for the impulse of lashing out on others. Anyway, the Indian army fought against the LTTE in the 1980’s as a peace keeping force in Sri Lanka. There is no parallel with LTTE and the Indian army.
There is little resemblance between the Naxals and the Taliban. The Naxal threat is real but often exaggerated in the media across the border. Naxals, unlike Taliban, were not planted and supported by the government to score against neighboring country in return for money. Also, India, unlike Pakistan, is not running from pillar to post requesting for money and weapons to fight the Taliban.

By: bulletfish Wed, 17 Jun 2009 09:24:48 +0000 NKO,


Do not bother to high-light other countries problems for which you have no tangible proof when situations in your own country make dire news headlines every week, month and year.

By: NKO Tue, 16 Jun 2009 10:04:18 +0000 And what about the badlands of India where the government has no control in 182 districts out of a total of 612 districts, where is the Government’s writ ? And what about the proxy Indian Army assets; LTTE.
In the end it certainly does hurt !!

By: Nick Tue, 16 Jun 2009 07:32:32 +0000 Sanjeev,

Everything changes with time. It’s been more than 100 years since Lord Curzon said those words. No country can shape their policy around that. The modern day warfare equipment,communication, satellites, aerical routes- I think all these would make difference to Pak Army’s operations. Having said that, no opeartion is a permanent solution until local population is being won over. I think after military operation, Pak govt need to do a lot to eradicate the poverty and illiteracy in that area. May wisdom and good will prevail for the welfare and good of common people.

By: Nikhil Mon, 15 Jun 2009 22:57:04 +0000 Sanjiv,

Are you suggesting that, in principle, Taliban should be left alone because the wise Lord Curzon and his predecessors gave us a good excuse? Or, are you objecting to the method in which the Pak army is attacking – or pretending to attack – the Taliban?

We know that many parts of Pak’s western border are badlands which are beyond the control of the govt. Indirectly, the US is doing Pak a favor by helping it to establish writ of the local government in that unruly region.

By: Mauryan Mon, 15 Jun 2009 20:48:59 +0000 What is being done now, should have been done in 2001 when the Taliban was driven out of Afghanistan. Allowing Musharraf to accommodate Al Qaeda and Taliban in NWFP and Waziristan so that he could keep these “strategic assets” for use against India was a big error on the part of the US. They were too focused on Iraq and allowed Pakistan to keep these elements hidden. I am glad the Obama administration has turned the screws tight. Now there is no option but to fight the Taliban head on. But it is not enough if the Pakistani army declares victory one day and leaves it at that. They need to root out terrorism and sponsorship of it completely. There should be nothing in reserve meant for India. Taliban itself was meant as a strategic depth against India. Pakistani military should convince itself that India is not such and evil enemy and give up covert proxy wars. If they are sincere in their efforts in wiping out radical Islamic terrorism in all forms in their country, they can go forward towards strengthening their democracy. Any hesitation to do so or any insincerity on their part means disaster. India will always support any effort to wipe out extremism and terrorism. I hope wisdom prevails. If the Americans stick to their old habit of getting their end of the bargain fulfilled and leave the rest to fester, it will bite them back again. This has to be a thorough job. And it is going to hurt.

By: Global Watcher Mon, 15 Jun 2009 14:21:45 +0000 Sanjeev,

While it appears that the Pak Army says that it must catch the leader of the Taliban in Pakistan, in the past, if it is true, Kayani was heard referring to Maulavi Jalaluddin Haqqani as a “strategic asset” in a transcript passed to Mike McConnell, the Director of National Intelligence, in May 2008.

Let’s see if Kayani is honest and will go after Jalaluddin , the so called “strategic asset” as well. If he does not, I doubt the Pak. Army is sincere and probably still playing games the U.S., India and the world. Time will tell.