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Does US Make A Bad Deal With Pakistan?

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Contradiction in words and acts of the rulers is a clear indication that the war on terror was launched by the rulers for achieving their own interests.

It is amazing to note that Pakistan was a frontline state in war on terrorism. Pakistan is the only partner that has been earning in the war and all other partners have been losing their resources. But whenever the NATO forces hit a target in the tribal areas situated on the Pak-Afghan border, Pakistan raises objection. Why?

Does Pakistan not want an end to terrorism? Is Pakistan supporting Taliban and terrorists? If Pakistan, according to President Musharraf, wants elimination of terrorism then why has it been raising objections on NATO operations in tribal areas?

The rulers of United States have brokered a very bad deal with Pakistan. Most of the tribesmen think the United States should clear all matters with Pakistan. If Pakistan cannot control the terrorism in its parts of tribal areas then the NATO forces have the right to strike these targets. According to the tribemen, rulers have been playing politics on this issue. The war on terror is serious issue. Millions of innocent people were killed in the war. There is still a threat to the whole of humanity, therefore the rulers should not play politics on the war.

A report carried out by leading newspaper said that the NATO forces regretted the incident. The US-led coalition in Afghanistan has admitted it did not have permission from Pakistan to strike Taliban positions across the border over the weekend, citing a “miscommunication” problem.

The coalition had insisted it was given the go-ahead for the attack inside Pakistan on Saturday that destroyed six Taliban firing posts on both sides of the frontier, killing more than a dozen rebels. This was rejected by the Pakistan Army, which said it had not been asked for authorisation. The foreign ministry in Islamabad said reports of permission being given were “speculative and fabricated”. The coalition said in a statement late Monday it had investigated further and found that Pakistan had not actually given permission. “We regret the miscommunication in this event,” said the coalition’s deputy commanding general for operations, Brigadier General Joseph Votel.

He said the coalition was committed to respecting the sovereign borders of Pakistan.

Pakistan has said repeatedly it would not allow foreign troops to hunt extremist militants — some linked to Al Qaeda — on its soil and was doing what it could against them. Remnants of the Taliban regime are believed to have fled into Pakistan after they were driven from government in Afghanistan in late 2001.  Votel said in the statement the coalition wanted to continue cooperation with Pakistan, “which has been an important ally in fighting the enemies of peace and stability”. “We appreciate the significant contributions Pakistan is making to the war on terror by conducting operations against Al Qaeda and Taliban extremist fighters who try to hide in their country,” he said.

US President George W Bush this month refused to rule out unilateral US strikes on Pakistani soil if specific intelligence pinpointed top Al-Qaeda leaders.

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Muhammad Khurshid, a resident of Bajaur Agency, 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 also (more...)
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