Instead of strengthening dictatorial power centre supported and bolstered by the Army and ISI in Pakistan, US would have done better by asking Pakistan’s Dollar grabbing leaders to be actively helping India in its war on terror. Going by Hillary’s statement, one wonders who is India’s honest ally in its struggle to protect democracy from terror attacks? Senator Hillary shouldn’t be unaware of what the senior strategic affairs analysts, like Ashley Tellis are writing about the ‘real nature’ of Pakistan’s struggle. I am quoting a few lines from a recent piece by him, “Recent arrests of high profile Afghan Taliban leaders by Pakistan do not indicate a strategic change in Pakistan’s counterterrorism strategy. In reality, Pakistan wants to assume a leading role in negotiating and reconciling with the Afghan Taliban to ensure a friendlier neighbour after the United States withdraws.”
Despite the arrests of Mullah Beradar and other Taliban leaders (which were either inadvertent or self-serving), Pakistan’s overall strategy of protecting the Afghan Taliban leadership has not changed.
Pakistan is threatened by the 2011 drawdown of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, which it believes will leave behind an Afghan state with strong ties to its rival India.
A true change in Pakistan’s strategic calculations requires Islamabad to accept that the Taliban—and not India—is the greatest threat to success in Afghanistan.
The lack of U.S. leadership at the January London conference on Afghanistan allowed reconciliation with the Taliban to become a centerpiece of the endgame of international involvement.
Will Secretary of State Hillary like to comment on it?
When US were struck on 9/11, it was willing to go to any corner of the earth and “smoke out the culprits”. But in regard to 26/11, it wears a saintly preacher attitude exposing its double standards. Did Secretary of State Hillary take up India’s 26/11 with Pakistan and urged it to cooperate with India?
(Introduction to Ashley Tellis -A senior associate in the Carnegie South Asia program. He specializes in international security, defense, and Asian strategic issues and helped the U.S. State Department negotiate the civil nuclear agreement with India. Previously, he was a senior adviser to the U.S. ambassador to India and was a special assistant to the president and senior director for strategic planning and Southwest Asia in the National Security Council.)