Is Karzai sincere in his overtures towards Pakistan?

Hamid Karzai in Pakistan with PM Yousaf Raza Gilani

By Asif Haroon Raja

Hamid Karzai is walking on a tight rope. Ever grateful to Washington for getting the prized post of president of Afghanistan , he has been pursuing American dictates faithfully. He agreed to give all the major portfolios to non-Pashtun Northern Alliance members in his government and to sideline his own Pashtun community enjoying distinct majority. He allowed Indian influence to expand in his country on American insistence and let Afghan soil to be used for subversive activities against Pakistan . Mossad was also allowed a firm toehold in Afghanistan . On the prompting of his mentors he has all along maintained a hostile stance towards Pakistan . By following pro-American policies he became highly unpopular in his country.

To make himself useful, he fed an idea to Washington that given the resources and backing, he would be able to win over majority of Taliban leaders through bribes and incentives and would affect an in-house coup within Taliban ranks after isolating Mullah Omar led hardliners. Once he was given a green signal in 2007, he began to establish contacts with former and current members of Taliban Shura and other resistance groups. By 2009 he was able to make good gains among former Taliban ministers, Hizb-e-Islami and others. Among present Shura, Mullah Ghani Baradar was his big catch. He had made secret contacts with him through his half brother Ahmad Wali Karzai but didn’t disclose this breakthrough to USA . His efforts got stalled because of unexpected successes achieved by Taliban against coalition forces in southern and eastern Afghanistan from June to September 2009 putting ISAF on the back foot.

The US leaders began to have second thoughts about Karzai when situation in Afghanistan began to slip out of their hands. He failed to muster requisite votes in August 2009 presidential election. Although he managed to get re-elected in November because of rigging he further lost his credibility. He however felt convinced that it was America ’s doing to weaken his political standing. He was warned by Obama to improve governance, get rid of corruption in various departments and to improve his standing among Pashtuns in particular and Afghans in general so as to become a bridge between Americans and Pashtuns. These unfriendly acts gave second thoughts to Karzai about US sincerity as well.

Once Obama announced withdrawal timeline of July 2011 and stuck to it despite strong opposition from Karzai , India and Israel , he realized that the US would again leave Afghanistan in a lurch and his fate will not be different to Babrak Karmal or Dr Najibullah. He also assessed that US-Nato had lost the will and was not in a position to defeat Taliban movement. It was in the backdrop of these lurking fears that he hurtled some anti-US and pro-Taliban statements to win the confidence of latter. He also tried hard to allay the heart burnings of Pakistan by making series of friendly statements. While throwing feelers of goodwill towards Taliban and Pakistan , he is still not ready to lose the goodwill of USA and India since the situation at the moment is highly fluid. While he has smelt that USA has lost the war, coming six months are crucial. In this period, it will be decided which side the balance tilts.

Arrest of Baradar, deputy of Mullah Omar, by Pak security forces in January at the pointing of CIA was a setback for him since Baradar’s participation in loya jirga scheduled at Kabul in April would have made a huge difference. When he failed to get him released, he went ahead with the jirga on 2 June which was attended by 1600 people from almost all strands of Afghan society. His plan of re-integration of Taliban through negotiations was endorsed by all. His plan is however not entirely in line with US plan which hinges on first defeating the Taliban on battlefield and then negotiating with them from a position of strength. Americans are sticking to this plan since they want to leave behind a regime of their choice which could safeguard their future interests and also agree to a sizeable military presence in Baghram and Kandahar air bases. Read more of this post

The American, Indian and Israeli threat

When we say , Americans are destined to disarm Pakistan of its crucial nuclear arsenal ,means that Americans policy making has been hijacked and commandeered by Indian and Israeli lobbies.


One can appreciate easily that , Pakistan is being forced to fight the American war in Afghanistan , and the beginning point will be North Waziristan , which US thinks is the stronghold of those Taliban elements who are loyal to afghan Taliban. Amidst, political and economical turmoil inside Pakistan, the political elite of Pakistan is highly prone to plunge into the trail of total catastrophe, which can only be avoided, if the politics of dollars is replaced with politics for national interests. The champions of democracy will not amend their purpose, rather it is Pakistani people who are to decide something.

Dr Haroon Iqbal:

The most devastating part of current impasse in Pakistan is that it has been deprived of a vibrant political will and resolves to reach the solutions of major problems which the country is facing in the wake of war on terror, which is approaching the ditch of war of attrition for a country like Pakistan.

From day one, the American strategy was focused at bringing Pakistan army, face to face, with the Afghan Taliban to attain two objectives, firstly to divert the striking power of the Afghan resistance forces and secondly to indulge Pakistan army into a vicious mess, leading to annihilation of its organizational infrastructure and thus removing the most credible hurdle in the way of the Americans to ultimately denuclearize Pakistan. When we say , Americans are destined to disarm Pakistan of its crucial nuclear arsenal , ,means that Americans policy making has been hijacked and commandeered by Indian and Israeli lobbies. Pakistan’s nuclear capability indeed, is founded on the concept of credible deterrence, necessary to maintain peace and stability in the south Asian region. Both of these lobbies (Zionist and Indian) have burrowed through the organizational structure of the American policy making institutuions.In this regard, the Indian ploy of using American shoulders to sting Pakistan is relatively a new phenomenon, a tactic, they have learned from their Israeli brethren. Right from congress, to senate and finance department to national security, Indian Americans or NRI’s have assumed key positions, and in this capacity, remain very close to the den of American policy making apparatus. So we should not forget that when we talk about American policy in Afghanistan, or Pakistan, the Indian factor, working behind American strategy has attained a growing role. The recent example is Kerry Lugar bill( now law), which was passed by congress, where the majority members are pro Indian, or belong to Israeli lobby. Another important factor is the collaborative venturism of the two lobbies, Indian and Israeli, having two faces but same body, and two bodies with one soul. Both of them have a common agenda and a common strategy, i.e. both of them believes in expansionism, religious extremism under cover of sham secular norms, with hidden fascist cum secular extremism.

The most disgusting of these are their religious fascism, where other faiths and religions are totally unacceptable for them. Under cover of civilian aid, Kerry Lugar bill was focused at declaring Pakistan army a rogue, terrorist army and Pakistan a terrorist state. The idea is simply reflecting the deep seated desire of the Neocon American establishment to weaken Pakistan army, in their bid to denuclearize Pakistan. Now, even a lay man can sort out, who will be the ultimate beneficiary if Pakistan denuclearises?The Indian strategy is very obvious now , and that is two way i.e. using the friendly American hand to meddle in the security matters of Pakistan on one side and the weapon of diplomatic impasse on the other. Pakistan’s ambassador in US Mr. Hussein Haqqani has strong ties with most of the congressmen and it is a matter of concern that how was the secret letter by Mr Haqqani to ISI, leaked to Indian media, if pro Indian congressmen were not involved? Both India and Israel are feeding and breeding on American fodder to be able to exploit, the bloody turmoil inside Pakistan, which itself is a product of their dirty intrusion in this country. Read more of this post

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