Thursday, October 13, 2011

US secretly met Haqqanis, Afghans anti-US demo in Kabul

Senior US official said there had been at least one meeting over the summer between US officials and Haqqani representatives.Haqqani told the BBC in an interview published on Monday that “not only Pakistan, but other Islamic countries, and other non-Islamic countries, including America, contacted us and they are still doing so.”Haqqani said the US asked him to break with Taliban leader Mullah Omar and join Karzai’s government, but the overtures were rebuffed, according to the report.
Wrong signals in Indian-Afghan deal.India's strategic commitment to Hamid Karzai's government will probably push Pakistan further along the path of backing the     
Taliban.Pakistan greatly fears the prospect that India will take up the work of the NATO forces. Pakistan's main productive land is strung along the Indus River. Islamabad sees Afghanistan as providing Pakistan with strategic depth in a situation in which a prime Indian military strategy has always been to cut the narrow country in two by a thrust from the Rajasthan salient.The agreement between Mr Karzai and Indian Prime Minister Singh goes further, including by offering training to Afghan security forces.

India, simply, cannot step into the shoes of NATO in offering military support to the current government in Kabul because it is not capable of doing so. More crucially, if Pakistan is pushed further from the Western position, it will close down vital supply routes into Afghanistan. Although Washington has made great play of having developed alternative routes through Central Asia, these can never be sufficient. That is why Washington has had to grit its teeth and persist with its reluctant Pakistani ally as long as it has.

"US created militants to defeat rival ideology" Zardari reiterated that it was shared responsibility of international community to assist Pakistan in its fight against militants as this 'Frankenstein' was once created by US to meet objective of defeating the rival ideology.

The protesters assembled in the streets of the capital during the early hours of Thursday on the eve of the 10th anniversary of the US invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, Press TV.

Demonstrators condemned the US forces for killing innocent civilians and called for the immediate withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan.

The angry protesters also censured US support for the Taliban and al-Qaeda in Afghanistan, chanting anti-US and anti-Taliban slogans.

Afghans have expressed their determination to continue with the protest rallies.

Meanwhile, a US-led air strike killed five civilians in eastern Ghazni province on Wednesday.

Hundreds of civilians have lost their lives in US-led airstrikes and ground operations in various parts of Afghanistan over the past few months, with Afghans becoming more and more outraged over the seemingly endless progression of deadly assaults. 

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