Senator: Consider military action against Pakistan, Haqqani !
While the United States, ever more strident, is ratcheting up pressure on Pakistan to snap its “ties with the Haqqani network”, the group’s chief Sirajuddin Haqqani on Friday warned Washington against any military adventure in the North Waziristan tribal agency.The Haqqanis belong to Zadran tribe, which are mostly based in Paktia and Khost provinces of Eastern Afghanistan.Speaking to Reuters by satellite phone from an undisclosed location, Sirajuddin said he’d look forward to a US ground attack in North Waziristan. “The United States will suffer more losses [in North Waziristan] than they did in Afghanistan,” he said. ReadMore…
A Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee said Sunday that the U.S. should consider military action against Pakistan if it continues to support terrorist attacks against American troops in Afghanistan.”The sovereign nation of Pakistan is engaging in hostile acts against the United States and our ally Afghanistan that must cease, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina told “Fox News Sunday.”
He said if experts decided that the U.S. needs to “elevate its response,” he was confident there would be strong bipartisan support in Congress for such action.Graham did not call for military action but said “all options” should be considered. He said assistance to Pakistan should be reconfigured and that the U.S. should no longer designate an amount of aid for Pakistan but have a more “transactional relationship” with the country.
“They’re killing American soldiers,” he said. “If they continue to embrace terrorism as a part of their national strategy, we’re going to have to put all options on the table, including defending our troops.”In testimony last week to Graham’s committee, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mike Mullen, said Pakistan’s powerful military intelligence agency had backed extremists in planning and executing the assault on the U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan and a truck bomb attack that wounded 77 American soldiers. Both occurred this month.
Mullen contended that the Haqqani insurgent network “acts as a veritable arm” of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence agency as it undermined U.S.-Pakistan relations, already tenuous because of the war in Afghanistan. Pakistan exports violence, Mullen said, and threatens any success in the 10-year-old war.Graham said Pakistan does cooperate with the U.S. in actions against al-Qaida. But he said the Pakistani military feels threatened by a democracy in Afghanistan and is betting that the Taliban will come back there.”The best solution is for Pakistan to fight all forms of terrorism, embrace working with us so that we can deal with terrorism along their border, because it is the biggest threat to stability,” he said. “But Pakistan is terrorism itself. They have made a tremendous miscalculation.” – Yahoonews
First of US govt.made Mullen to accuse Pakistan for being involved in terrorism, later onAmerican govt. denied to testify his statement. This was one of the greatest insults bestowed on any retiring Generals of the army.
When follower of US stance inevery regard i.e. Britain separated itself from American statement thatPakistan and ISI are not only supporting Haqqani network but involved interrorism, this was the first diplomatic blow for Americans. Not only this,British Foreign Minister also issued the statement that British respectsPakistan’s sacrifices against terrorism and in every hard time it will standwith Pakistan. On the other hand, the harsh and inelastic reaction of Pakistanagainst Mullen’s statement was unexpected by USA. Because in spite of all itslatest weapons Super Power was not in a position to attack Pakistan, and wasaware of the situation after the attack. When the supply of oil and weaponswould have been cut down to its army trapped in Afghanistan. Although USA hasbeen acting from last three years that talks with Russia and other countriesare going own for alternative supply routes. USA had said several times thatAmericans will soon hear the good news, however White House and Pentagon werewell aware that the alternative supply route was not possible. Why Russia wouldprovide Oxygen Mask to USA involved in disintegration of Soviet Union.
Those elements known asSocialist and Progressive who previously were sponsored by Russia and blamedUSA as Imperialistic, now these elements tried their best to make Pakistanination afraid of America’s barbarism and aggressive history. They advised govt.through their columns, and talk shows that in spite of standing in front of America,govt. should accept its faults and assure USA that we are ready to conductoperation against Haqqani network in Northern Waziristan.
However White House showedresponsibility in preventing a possible war and through its media published anews in Washington Post of 28 September that Obama Administration is angry withMullen over its statement against ISI and takes this statement based uponmisinformation. In the other words, White House did not verify statement of itsretiring General. Interesting fact is that same day the interview of Mullen waspublished in Wall Street Journal, he repeated his previous statement and blamedPakistan for attacks over US embassy in Kabul, and claimed that Pakistan issupporting Haqqani network. He said that ISI provided strategic support toHaqqani for attack in Kabul. In order to violate and play with emotions ofAmerican public, Admiral Mullen said that deaths of American soldiers inAfghanistan are unacceptable, after attacks over American soldiers, Pak-Americarelations had touched their lowest limits and the partnership like before isimpossible to be restored.
In this statement of Mullen there is an open threat andmessage to Pakistan that ways of Pakistan and America are separate. If Americanjournalists had courage, the representative of Wall Street Journal should haveasked Admiral Mullen that if he cannot bear deaths of American soldiers inAfghanistan than are American soldiers there for picnic or spending holidays?If he is so much, concerned about the lives of the American soldiers than whyhe did not order them to
withdraw. At such a point Mullen should have been toldthat he is Chief of an aggressive army which has captured an independent state,like previous Chiefs (who tried to portray illegal control of an independentstate as their victory but alas failed) he is also murderer of millions ofAfghan women, children, elderly and youth which had been murdered in last tenyears. Americans had treated Afghans in the way the victorious had used to do atthe time of ignorance with the innocent citizens of their defeated states andcities. However, American media could not raise such like questions to theirGenerals, because it is so called flag bearer of the freedom of expression. Thesituation of civilized American media is so much poor that in spite ofevidences in the form of pictures and Movie camera footage that American andWestern soldiers/terrorists wearing uniform of their respective armies arefighting against Qaddafi in Libya, American media is not allowed to telecast thisnews. Like Iraq and Afghanistan, American and western armies are involved inaggression and war crimes in Libya too.
Let’s come back to ourtoday’s topic i.e. statement of Mullen and changing stances of US govt. On thesame day spokesperson for White House is giving the statement that Mullen’scomments against ISI had increased disputes between Pakistan and USA so theycannot be verified, in contrast to this spokesperson for US Foreign Ministry “Victoria”is saying that accuses of Mullen were based upon facts and he represented theview of American govt.
The series of incompatiblestatement does not end here, after two days on 30 September “King of the World”Obama, astonished the media in his address to farewell party of Mullen bysaying that Mullen is seriously frustrated (meaning he is leaving army as afailed General) because Pakistan is a safe heaven for Haqqani Network. Howeverthere are no clear intelligence reports of links between ISI and Haqqani sostatement of Mullen cannot be verified. Here I would like to brieflydiscuss Haqqani network, which is pivotal point of talk shows now a days. Theyare portraying Haqqani as more dangerous than Al-Qaeda. The detail aboutreality of Haqqani is present in the 75000 documents that were brought forwardin 2010. According to these documents, American President Ronald Regan invitedall Afghan leaders fighting against Soviet Union including Mullah Umar, as soonas he came to power. The words said by Regan during meeting with these leaders arepart of history and a mirror to American Foreign Policy based upon hypocrisy.Regan said,
“THESEGENTLEMEN ARE THE MORAL EQUIVALENTS OF AMERICA”S FOUNDING FATHERS”.
However Regan bestowed JallaludinHaqqani with special protocol by inviting him to the White House individuallywhich has been only given to Dalai Lama of Tibet only. According to thedocuments the reason behind this special respect of Molvi Jallaludin was thathis tribe ZADRAN has been spread in Afghan Province, Paktia, Khost, Wardak,Logar and Ghazni. This tribe was a great challenge for Soviet forces due to itsbravery and war activities. Like other Afghan leaders Haqqani was not fond ofissuing statements or links with media. White House decided to train his tribelike a professional army. Afterwards with the support of ISI Haqqani networkwas allowed to establish its training camp in Northern Waziristan of Pakistan.CIA laid the foundation of Haqqani network and on the request of USA duringJihad against Soviet Union Pakistan allowed Haqqani and his colleagues to livein Pakistan. In 80’s CIA arranged meetings between Haqqani and rich Sheikhs ofArab states, funding Jihad, and they are funding it even now.
After withdrawal of Sovietforces when Afghan indulged in Civil war, Haqqani secluded his group from itand limited his activities. When Taliban got in power in Afghanistan in 1996,they established links with Haqqani and offered him to participate in Cabinet.Haqqani accepted this offer and was appointed as Minister of Tribal affairs. Untilthan America was in contact with Haqqani via CIA. These links were broke afterbarbaric attack of US over Afghanistan and CIA lost its Haqqani network whichwas known as heritage of CIA in some past years. Not only this in last tenyears Haqqani network established its strong holds in Afghan provinces Kunar,Nangarhar, Zabul, Kandahar, and Helmand.
In the way, USA had startedits propaganda against presence of Haqqani network in Northern Waziristan,international community was disillusioned that Northern Waziristan is thereason behind the failure of US and allied forces. However after thisdisclosure by Pakistan that four provinces of Afghanistan are in control of Haqqani,while three are in their complete control, world has now understood thatAmerica wants to hide its military defeat in Afghanistan from world andespecially from befooled American public under the cover of operation withinWaziristan of Pakistan. The reports of American think tanks that Haqqaninetwork is dangerous enough to target high profile targets not only in west butin India as well are actually part of this propaganda chain. Now USA shouldstop playing in the hands of India, and considering Pakistan’s concerns shouldinclude Pakistan in talks with Taliban for safe and respectful withdrawal of its troops…
Written By Khalid Baig,