Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Our Ally!

Double speak and obfuscation is the very essence of Pakistani politics. The political machinations of its military and intelligence services has defined, justified or unjustified, not only its external relations but internal as well. While always pinning India as their public enemy number one the ISS (Pakistan's Intelligence) has sought to solidify its western border by controlling Afghanistan.

This lead them down the road to providing covert, and some say overt aid to the Taliban and by extension Al-Qaida.
The acquisition of nuclear weapons constituted a direct deterrent to Indian infringements on their sovereignty, ie Kashmir,Afghanistan was seen as the speed bump to increased Pakistani trade and access to natural gas and oil bypassing Indian and Russian soil. This basic precept in policy has survived longer than most Pakistani administrations. So it is today.

Pakistan Offers Osama Bin Laden A Deal
September 5, 2006 10:43 p.m. EST
Matthew Borghese - All Headline News Staff Writer

Islamabad, Pakistan (AHN) - After signing a truce with pro-Taliban militants on its border with Afghanistan, Pakistan is now extending the olive branch to America's most wanted man; Osama bin Laden. Pakistani officials tell ABC that the leader of the terror group al-Qaida, and the mastermind of the September 11th attacks in the U.S. will not face capture if he agrees to lead a "peaceful life." Major General Shaukat Sultan Khan says that "as long as one is being like a peaceful citizen" bin Laden"would not be taken into custody."

Pakistan: Bin Laden Not Safe Under Truce
09.06.2006, 08:58 A

...."Pakistan is committed to its policy on the war on terror, and Osama caught anywhere in Pakistan would be brought to justice," the country's top army spokesman, Gen. Shaukat Sultan, told The Associated Press.

Musharraf Speaks of a 'Common Enemy'
The Associated Press
Wednesday, September 6, 2006; 12:57 PM

KABUL, Afghanistan -- Key U.S. allies Afghanistan and Pakistan must join forces to fight the "common enemy" of terrorism and extremism being fanned by al-Qaida and Taliban militants, Pakistan's president said Wednesday. But visiting President Gen. Pervez Musharraf also said Pakistan would never allow U.S.-led coalition forces _ currently hunting al-Qaida and Taliban fighters on the Afghan side of the border _ into tribal areas on its side. "On our side of the border there will be a total uprising if a foreigner enters that area," he said at a joint news conference with Afghan President Hamid Karzai. "It's not possible at all. We will never allow any foreigners into that area. It's against the culture of the people there."

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