What About America’s Responsibility For The ‘AfPak’ Mess?

The separatist-leaning government in Balochistan wants to bar ‘Pakistani settlers’ from the port city of Gwadar. And two Pakistani political parties – the Pashtun ANP and Karachi’s MQM – are itching for an ethnic war. Both of them are U.S. allies and their leaders have been flown secretly to Washington for talks. Interestingly, Karachi, Balochistan and the Pashtun areas control the supply route essential for maintainingU.S. military presence in Afghanistan. What part of this picture the Zardari government and the Pakistani military does not understand? When will they dismantle CIA outposts in Pakistan? […]  The new American obsession with redrawing borders to suit U.S. interests is no longer something that we can agree on with the CIA station in the Pakistani capital. This is not about shifting the blame. We have our own problems. But you can’t ignore the situation when someone pumps in millions of dollars in cash and in weapons inside your country to effect change.


The mayhem in Pakistan, which surprisingly did not exist prior to 2005, follows the same geographic pattern as the U.S. interest. For example, the transport route fromKarachi to Torkham is essential for a prolonged U.S. presence in Afghanistan andCentral Asia. Today this city is in the grip of a manufactured Talibanization scare and a potential ethnic conflict between the supporters of two Pakistani political parties that maintain close ties with Washington. Some of the bitterest U.S. news reporting focused on Gwadar as an extension of China, and Quetta was accused of hosting the Afghan Taliban leadership, facilitated by the untrustworthy ISI. So Balochistan became the first target. An impeccably trained and financed insurgency erupted all of a sudden in January 2005 targeting Pakistan’s control over the province. When the insurgency was weakened after the elimination of a couple of high profile insurgency leaders, the focus shifted to NWFP.


This is why the U.S. has developed direct contacts with local Pakistani politicians, particularly in Karachi, Balochistan and NWFP.


We have no laws in Pakistan that bar political parties and their ‘owners’ [since democracy is not allowed within these parties] from conducting their own private ‘foreign policies’ with outside powers without Islamabad’s knowledge. That’s why few Pakistanis know how the United States conducted its own private business with senior politicians who were secretly flown   read


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