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Was the Attack on Pakistani Outposts Deliberate?: How Far Will the US Go to Target Pakistan's Military?

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By Shaukat Qadir


Smoking ruins of a Pakistan Army outpost attacked by US copters. 24 died.
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This past June I posted an article by Anatol Lieven on Facebook. For those who are not familiar with his name, Anatol is from the UK and numbers among the few journalists whom I always enjoy reading. I have met Anatol a few times and he is the kind of person who likes to get acquainted with the psycho-social environment of the people he writes about. Written in the wake of Osama bin Laden's execution, Anatol's article was critical of the US approach to the region, particularly Pakistan.

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Among those responding to this post was an American whom I would rather not embarrass by naming; so let's just call him X. Admitting that he hadn't read through Anatol's article and was judging its contents by earlier articles of the author, he went on to add, "let me put this as simply as possible, for you to understand. The US has concluded that the Pakistan army is part of the problem, not the solution; and that the interests of the Pakistan army are not identical with those of Pakistan. Consequently, the US has decided that the Pakistan army has to be cut to size and, if in the process of doing so, the Pakistan army is destroyed, so be it. And, I agree".


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The first thing that hit me was the arrogance of his statement. The "US has decided (on behalf of, and for, the people of Pakistan) that its army's interests and theirs are not identical", and will, on behalf of, and for Pakistan, cut its army to size! Typical arrogance expected of the American establishment. The only issue was that this American had hitherto seemed pretty level-headed and very far from arrogant. Nor was he a Mansoor Ijaz or even an expatriate American. I commented on the arrogance of his words, to which he chose not to respond. However, I did not take the contents of his comment very seriously; not at that time.  


The "Memo-gate" Scandal


Most readers will be familiar with this scandal, so I will cover just the bare outline of the incident from my perspective. On October 10 th , Mansoor Ijaz, a multi millionaire American of Pakistani origin, wrote an op-ed for the Financial Times which, as it was expected to do, set Pakistan's political landscape on fire.


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His op-ed titled, "Time to take on Pakistan's Jihadist spies", as the title indicates, ostensibly seemed to target the ISI and the Pakistan military for maintaining ties with Jihadists. However, it mentioned the fact that in the aftermath of Osama bin Laden's execution, he was contacted by a "senior diplomat", who was known to be close to Pakistani President, Zardari. Apparently, Zardari feared the possibility of a military coup. Everybody knew that the senior Pakistani diplomat referred to Hussain Haqqani, Pakistan's Ambassador to the US.


They had, between the two of them drafted a memo requesting US President Obama's help by asking Admiral Mullen to warn off the Pakistani army chief, Gen Kiyani and, in return Zardari would put in place a "new security team" of Obama's choice, close down the "S" Wing of the ISI, which was responsible for Strategic Ops, including maintaining links with the Haqqani Network. Ijaz hinted at the fact that the memo promised much more.


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