The WaPo report that Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence [ISI] chief Shuja Pasha actually was present at the meeting in August between US officials and Haqqani group’s representative Ibrahim Haqqani (half-brother of Jalaluddin) is shocking. It completely exposes the Barack Obama administration’s doublespeak on the Haqqanis. The WaPo says the White House has since “authorised more intensive reconciliation efforts” with the Haqqanis and other Afghan insurgent groups.
That being the case, Pakistan has all but suspended even its limited military operations in Waziristan. Another excellent WaPo dispatch analyses the drift of the thinking in Pakistan. What is striking is that there is a complete civil-military consensus that homegrown insurgents are after all “disgruntled brethren” who are best reconciled through peace talks and deals. Obama can’t complain, can he?
If India’s experience with Pakistan over the decades is anything to go by, ISI will be simply unbeatable when things narrow down to a sordid game of “Talk, talk; fight, fight”. Of course, the US is bound to give up at some point. The early signs are there already that Pakistan is turning the table around and beginning to allege that the US-led coalition forces on the Afghan-Pakistan border could be actually aiding and abetting cross-border terrorism directed against Pakistan! As they say, the pot calling the kettle black?
Posted in Politics.
– October 17, 2011