After finalizing the Doha Deal, the US’s ‘tactical retreat’ from Afghanistan is far more rushed than what the ‘World’s strongest country’ might want to admit. Evident by the masses of defense equipment left behind, Pakistani netizens are now urging the Pak army to ‘acquire’ this ‘resource.’
Daily videos are flooding social media of US armored vehicles now being used as public transport in Afghanistan. The massive investment made to fight the ‘War on terrorism’ is now being squandered at the hands of a people with no knowledge or capabilities to utilize them to their maximum potential.
So Pakistani netizens have come up with the strategy that the Pakistan army should go in and retrieve the equipment for its own needs; after all, it is on the frontline of the ‘War on terrorism’.
Case on thousands of armored vehicles left behind in Afghanistan and an opportunity?
There have been videos all over the net showing Afghan civilians using left over US vehicles as public transports or they left open to rust
Can Pakistan armed forces acquire them? pic.twitter.com/WJ4hreSqKe
— Taimur Hassan (@TaimurhassanPSF) July 15, 2021
The proposition, however, is not only a highly illegal one according to international law; it assumes the Afghans would be readily willing to part with their newfound precious toys.
But nobody ever said social media was where the epitome of diplomacy and national defense strategy could be found, not yet at least. This did not, however, deter many people from voicing their own unique opinions about the matter.
Some people figured we could trade the Afghans with something far more useful for their transportation needs. Armored Vehicles are not the most fuel-efficient, and Pakistani streets are littered with bikes that many would be pleased to see leave.
Others were of the opinion that they could be utilized for not defense or transport. Keeping them as prized trophies in museums might not be the most constructive utility, but they would serve as eternal reminders of national pride.
Most interestingly Pakistani, citizens were not the only ones to realize the opportunity. Other countries that have also been monitoring the situation wanted to stake a claim.
Could the abandoned military equipment in Afghanistan be the next ‘gold rush’? Not very likely, but it does make for an amusing read.