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US Is Still Betting on the Wrong Horse In Pakistan

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There may be lot of people, who will not agree with me, but this is the fact that Pakistan is the state of United States of America. Pakistani rulers will do whatever they have been told by their US masters. They have been destroying their own country just for getting a few dollars. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has admitted that the United States has played a role in creating a mess in Pakistan. Now the matter is very clear. But here are some questions which can be put to the US rulers. What were the crimes of thousands of people--mostly women and children--who have been killed in the fighting? I am witness to many facts. I have seen with my own eyes the creation of Taliban by the establishment. Some six years ago no one was aware of Taliban in tribal areas. The Pakistani establishment has created the Taliban, and then got the contract from the US administration for their elimination.

The United States has still been betting on the wrong horses in Pakistan. She is still providing money to the corrupt rulers of Pakistan. The money will never be spent on the welfare of the people. In the past, the US has provided huge funds, but where have they been spent? No one knows. Now there must be an inquiry into the whole affair. I think the United Nations can be used for conducting inquiry into the affairs of Pakistan. This is high time for the US administration to choose the right horse for the right job. Restoration of peace is the right job and it can only be carried out by the right people.

The US secretary of state acknowledged on Tuesday that Washington had not been consistent in its dealings with Islamabad.

Talking to reporters at the Foreign Press Centre and the White House, Hillary Clinton said 'it is fair to say that our policy towards Pakistan over the last 30 years has been incoherent. I don't know any other word'.

About the military operation, Hillary Clinton said the United States was working with Pakistan to determine and disrupt the route for supplying weapons to the Taliban.

'Yes, we know that the extremists are being supplied,' she said when asked why the US was unable to determine and disrupt the Taliban supply route.

The secretary recalled that in the 1980s, the US partnered with Pakistan to help train the Mujahideen.

'Their security service and the military were encouraged to go after the Soviets in Afghanistan' and when they withdrew in 1989, 'we said thank you very much'.

Mrs Clinton said while it was fair to apportion responsibility to Pakistan, but the US also shared the responsibility for what happened during and after the Afghan war.

'What President Obama is doing is qualitatively different from anything done before. We support the elected government ... it is a relationship very clear, honest to each other.'

The US, the secretary added, was assisting the new government in Islamabad to be 'as successful as possible in delivering, we believe the future of Pakistan is extremely important for the US ... the advance of extremism is a threat to our security'.

She underscored America's 'very strong' support for the effort by the Pakistan army for defeating the terrorists.

Mrs Clinton said the Al Qaeda and their allies were intent upon harming not only US friends and allies in Pakistan and Afghanistan but also in the US homeland and to American citizens.

'They have not given up on their desire to inflict damage, harm and murder on the USA ... this is how we see helping our friends and allies ... we have walked away in the past ... now we are going to forge a partnership with the government and the people of Pakistan.'

'We are working very closely with the intelligence service of Pakistan and others to determine where are the weapons coming from. We are working with Pakistan to disrupt the supply line.'

Mrs Clinton noted that the route used to supply the militants passed through a very difficult terrain and the Taliban were being aided by local residents who knew the trail very well. 'So it is a challenge but we are addressing that.'

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Muhammad Khurshid, a resident of Bajaur District, tribal areas situated on Pak-Afghan border is journalist by profession. He contributes articles and news stories to various online and print newspapers. His subject matter is terrorism. He is (more...)

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