Sunday, October 16, 2011

Obama’s NSA gave 3 choices to Gen Kayani

 Obama’s national security adviser, Thomas E Donilon, conveyed administration resolve to Pakistani military chief Gen Ashfaq Kayani at a secret meeting in Saudi Arabia. The United States wanted a relationship with Pakistan, officials said Donilon told Kayani, but it also wanted the Haqqani attacks to stop.

Pakistani officials said Donilon offered Kayani three choices:
  1. Kill the Haqqani leadership
  2. Help us to kill them
  3. persuade Haqqani group to join a peaceful, democratic Karzai government.
A senior Pakistani military official said, Kayani was satisfied that he had heard from the top. “Too many cooks have been spoiling the broth,” the military official said. “Everyone has      
been giving the impression they’re representing the whole administration, with different messages adding to the confusion.”As the approaching end of the Afghanistan war increases the urgency and the stakes for both the United States and Pakistan, the struggle over the Haqqani network has come to illustrate conflicting priorities during a long history of alternating partnership and estrangement.

US urged to cut Pak aid, blacklist ISI men
“We must contain the Pakistani Army’s ambitions until real civilian rule returns and Pakistanis set a new direction for their foreign policy,” Bruce Riedel, who is now a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution a Washington-based think-tank wrote in The New York Times in the newspaper’s Saturday edition. He called for deep cuts in military assistance to Pakistan. At the same time, Heritage Foundation, a conservative think-tank, urged the Obama administration Friday to freeze its aid to Pakistan until the country took actions against perpetrators of the US Embassy attack in Kabul and helped shut down the Haqqani network. Elaborating his concept of policy of containment for Pakistan, Riedel said it would mean a ‘more hostile relationship’. “But it should be a focused hostility, aimed not at hurting Pakistan’s people but at holding its army and intelligence branches accountable.”ReadMore...

‘Nato copter attack’ kills nine in South Waziristan
There is confusion about attack that took place in the early hours of the Saturday morning near South Waziristan capital, Wana, killing nine people, Al Jazeera’s correspondent in Pakistan said.ReadMore...
With the unfolding of recent events, the fact that the US has no clear political objectives in South Asia is becoming evident. The lack of a clearly paved road map towards a peaceful exit and an inherent absence of a much needed joint strategy on the regional level further exacerbates the chaotic state of security affairs. The string of heated statements issued by Adm. Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff had been taken as a lead by many US officials to exert pressure on the already stressed Pakistani forces.The American support to India for becoming more assertive in the region has done nothing for peace as a unipolar South Asia with India as a dominant power certainly does not assuage the Pakistani security fears, a fact that the US should bear in mind while dealing with Pakistan. With the US dominated Afghanistan government towing a similar line against Pakistan, it becomes blatantly evident that the US has been unable to keep all its allies on board. Apparently the US has undertaken more than what it has been able to handle with its major and key ally becoming estranged due to the fuzzy US approach that is helping none in the region but only prolonging the war.

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