Sunday, November 12, 2006

Afghan Newspapers Expose of Pakistan's Dilemmas

The Afghanistan newspaper Pajhwok joins the chorus of criticism of the Pakistanis. The importance of this article is that it is in Pushtu for the Afghanistan audience.

'Islamabad in dilemma over Taliban role'
Published: October 27, 2006 (Pajhwok)

. . . [A]ccording to the imam of Peshawars 17th-century Mahabat Khan Mosque, who is also director of the Jamia Ashrafia, a Deobandi madrassa, Maulana Yousaf Qureshi, . . ."The heart of this government is with the Taliban. The tongue is not." . . . "I think they want a weak government and want to support the Taliban without letting them win." He said that the ISI was supporting the Taliban, because of the "double policy of the government." . . . "We are supporting them (the Taliban) to give the Americans a tough time. Leave Afghanistan, and the Taliban and foreign fighters will not give Afghan President Hamid Karzai problems. . . .

... Accoding to "A former chief of staff of Pakistan Army, Gen Mirza Aslam Beg, . . . Muslims . . . must reach out to defend the tyrannised, are now a "global deterrent force". . . . "Aslam Beg played a leading role in the militarys creation of asymmetrical assets, jargon for the jihadis who have long been used by the military as proxies in Kashmir and Afghanistan."
Also, . . . . "many Pakistanis believe India is backing the Baluch insurgency in Pakistans far south, clouding the prospects for the new, Chinese-built port in Gwadar. The port is Pakistans single largest investment in its economic future and has been attacked by Baloch rebels.


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