Afghan War and the Central Asia Pipeline Plan

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by Bruce Gagnon:

The Washington Post has introduced us to a controversy over Afghanistan war strategy. The Post reports that operations in Delaram (in the southwest) are “far from a strategic priority for senior officers at the international military headquarters in Kabul. One calls Delaram, a day’s drive from the nearest city, ‘the end of the Earth.’ Another deems the area ‘unrelated to our core mission’ of defeating the Taliban by protecting Afghans in their cities and towns.”
Why then are the Marines fighting in this part of the country?
The Post continues, “The Marines are constructing a vast base on the outskirts of town that will have two airstrips, an advanced combat hospital, a post office, a large convenience store and rows of housing trailers stretching as far as the eye can see. By this summer, more than 3,000 Marines — one-tenth of the additional troops authorized by President Obama in December — will be based here.”
Again the Post adds, “They [some officials] question whether a large operation that began last month to flush the Taliban out of Marja, a poor farming community in central Helmand, is the best use of Marine resources. Although it has unfolded with fewer than expected casualties and helped to generate a perception of momentum in the U.S.-led military campaign, the mission probably will tie up two Marine battalions and hundreds of Afghan security forces until the summer.”
And finally the Post reports, “Brig. Gen. Lawrence D. Nicholson, the top Marine commander in Afghanistan now wants Marine units to push through miles of uninhabited desert to establish control of a crossing point for insurgents, drugs and weapons on the border with Pakistan. And he wants to use the new base in Delaram to mount more operations in Nimruz, a part of far southwestern Afghanistan deemed so unimportant that it is one of the only provinces where there is no U.S. or NATO reconstruction team.”

When you check the maps above a clearer picture emerges. The bottom map is the proposed pipeline route to move Caspian Sea oil through Turkmenistan into Afghanistan and then finally through Pakistan to ports along the Arabian Sea where U.S. and British tankers would gorge themselves with the black gold.

The whole reason the U.S. is in Afghanistan and Pakistan today is to deny those pipelines from being routed through Russia, China, or Iran.

Then look at the top map where the U.S. Marines are operating inside Afghanistan and causing some controversy within the military. They are building big bases in desolate southwestern Afghanistan and wanting to extend control in that region near the border of Pakistan – all of which are areas that must “be controlled” if pipelines are to be successfully built and maintained.

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Training offer to Afghan Army

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Dr Raja M Khan:

On January 26-27, 2010, the NATO’s Military Committee in Chiefs of Defence Staff (CHODs) held its meeting in Brussels. Sixty-two chiefs of defence staff attended it from NATO as well as other troops contributing countries. As a coalition partner in the global war on terror, the Pakistani Chief of Army Staff, General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani, was also invited to participate in the meeting. During the meeting, General Kayani adequately highlighted the role played by Pakistan in the war on terror. Indeed, Pakistan lost over twenty five thousand innocent lives during last nine years, since the beginning of this war. The casualties of security forces of Pakistan are many times more than what the coalition and Afghans forces have collectively suffered in these years. General Kayani’s presentation on the Pakistan’s contribution indeed, removed the misperception of the NATO countries about the Pakistani role in the global war on terror. Sequel to this meeting General Kayani, briefed the foreign and domestic press about the outcome of the meeting in Rawalpindi. During the course of the meeting, he categorically said that, “We cannot wish for Afghanistan anything that we don’t wish for Pakistan.” Since Pakistanis desire peace, stability, and economic prosperity for their country, therefore, they ought to wish similar comforts for their brethrens of Afghanistan. Furthermore, three decades of war, factional fighting, and the internal instability in Afghanistan has brought us to the conclusion that, stability and peace in Pakistan is directly proportional to these factors in Afghanistan.
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Patriotism in Pakistan’s Balochistan

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The international realization of this strategic importance of Balochistan has deprived its people of their calm and peace.


By Ali Sukhanver

My moon is every body’s moon; this poetic phrase seems no more limited to the expression of love between a lover and the beloved; with the passage of time it has become more appropriate and more suitable for the sincere and truthful lands like that of Balochistan. Located on the northern tip of straits of Hormuz, Balochistan has no doubt become ever body’s moon. This is the area through which much of the world’s oil supply passes. Moreover it is God giftedly rich in natural resources with an estimated 19 trillion cubic feet of natural gas reserves and 6 trillion barrels of oil reserves. Therefore, many countries including USA, Russia and India see Balochistan as a strategically important zone of influence.

The international realization of this strategic importance of Balochistan has deprived its people of their calm and peace by pushing them into an artificially created series of trials and tribulations. Mercilessly exploding bombs and cruelly piercing bullets have targeted nothing but the atmospheric serenity and tranquility of this land. A few days back, all newspapers and electronic media channels were replete with the news of two boxers from Balochistan, Naimatullah Khan and Mohammad Waseem who won gold and silver medals, respectively, at the South Asian Games. Talking on the occasion, the medalists said that they are very happy that they secured medals for their country Pakistan and promised that they would work more hard in the same spirit to win more honour and respect for their motherland in future. Silver medalist Waseem said that justice was not done with him in the final because he is a Pakistani and he was winning the contest against an Indian boxer.
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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

Can US Strategy Stabilise Afghanistan

Sequel to the policy speech on Afghan strategy, various opinions and comments have appeared in the US press indicating that Pakistan needs to expand war against terrorists and extremists to other areas in Pakistan. The New York Times reported in its edition of 8 December that the US has warned Pakistan that its forces would chase Taliban forces in Pakistan if Islamabad does not Then there have been other reports with some acknowledgments of the Pakistani Army’s efforts in confronting the Talibans in South Waziristan. All the reports tantamount to increasing US pressure on Pakistan to expand its efforts against terrorism and extremism elsewhere in Pakistan also.

The proponents of US military venture into Pakistan lack foresight in calculating grave risks that such a venture would pose for both Pakistan and the United States from all angles and that the bilateral relationship might never be able to resurrect itself again. Last time when the US committed such mistake to raid a village inside Pakistan where they thought that the militants were hiding, there was such a political furore in Pakistan that the US was forced to promise never to use boots on ground in Pakistan again. Pakistan Army is very much capable of tackling head on impediments that threaten its sovereignty and security and as such is successfully battling the insurgents in Waziristan and Swat. While doing so, it has the complete backing of its people who sustained numerous merciless bomb killings as Taliban retaliated. Read more of this post

Afghan soil being used against Pakistan: DG ISI

ISLAMABAD (Agencies) – Director General ISI Ahmad Shuja Pasha said on Tuesday that Afghan soil is being used for terrorist activities in Pakistan, adding that peace cannot be established in Pakistan unless infiltration from Afghan border is stopped.

Briefing Parliamentary Committee on National Security, the DG said that the drug mafia in Afghanistan is supporting terrorists who are creating unrest within Pakistan.

According to reports, the committee members believe that the Pak-Afghan border should be fenced and movement across the border should be strictly monitored.

The members also called for the need to enhance security along the Pak-Afghan border.

The committee also discussed US President Obama’s new Afghan policy’s implications and possible backlash on Pakistan’s sovereignty. Read more of this post

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