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Gen (r) Mirza Aslam Beg |

American Secretary of States’ hop-over visit’ to Pakistan, on his way to India, was a crude diplomatic gesture of brow-beating Pakistan. He handed over the demand note, as confirmed by a senior US diplomat – Alice Wells: “the US wants to see practical steps from Pakistan, over the next few weeks, and not months, to use its influence to get the Taliban to the table,… thus ensuring that its own country is not destabilized.”

Outrightly Pakistan rejected this demand because Taliban won’t listen to Pakistan and the demand to accept India as the Strategic Defense Partner of America, is unthinkable. Now there is a kind of diplomatic stress between the two countries and the credit goes to President Trump and the concept of achieving his purpose, by use of force, by whatever means possible.

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In fact, Trumps strategy is out-dated, because it is based on the post-World War II notion of a super-power, enjoying unprecedented military and economic power for global domination, whereas over the period this super-power has lost its shine, particularly after its defeat in Vietnam and Korea and the deliberate loss of old allies and friends, such as Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Turkey, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen, in a short period of a decade and a half.

Pakistan has faced challenges of myriad dimensions during the last decade and a half, yet it is politically stable despite weak governance, poor decision making.

All are Muslim countries and victims of post 9/11 Crusade. And this decline is sharp, while the today’s international relations, both geopolitical and geo-economics dominate the inter-state relations, with China and Russia providing the strategic pivot, towards which the regional countries are gravitating.

Oblivious of the emerging global realities “Trump is doubling down on an unsuccessful war in Afghanistan, which is a sign of insanity to do the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” He didn’t even bother to look at the Soviet decision of withdrawal from Afghanistan in 1989 because the Soviets knew they were defeated and the logic of conflict suggested a timely withdrawal. 

Trump has been tragically effective at dismantling environmental and health regulations, as his most enduring legacy of Cancer, Infertility and diminished IQ.

That timely decision of the Soviets helped them make good friends of Taliban. And now a timely withdrawal by the USA is not forthcoming, because of two basic reasons:

One: America hates the Islamic States and Political Islamic State such as Egypt under President Morsi, as well as a moderate Islamic State like Pakistan, of today.

Two: By retaining American influence in Afghanistan, they are hoping to prevent the formation of the alliance, between Pakistan, Iran, and Afghanistan that could provide depth of security, to these countries.

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The proposal for the formation of the said Alliance was expounded to the formation commanders and garrison officers of Rawalpindi on 25th August 1988, as to how Strategic Depth of Security to Pakistan, Iran and Afghanistan could be achieved. This concept was distorted by some of our own and foreign writers saying, that I had proposed a defeatist concept of “withdrawal to Afghanistan for territorial depth, against Indian military ingress”.

This was unthinkable because our armed forces mission is: “Defend all territories of Pakistan and develop a counter offensive capability to carry the war into the enemy territory.” Thus, the Offensive-Defensive Concept was developed based on our real military capability. I spoke verbatim, as recorded by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), I quote:

“It is a matter of great satisfaction that in this hour of struggle, we are not alone. The entire nation is with us… The second positive note which has emerged is the heroic struggle on the north-western borders… The days of the hegemony of superpowers are over and now we will witness the dawn of the supremacy of Islam. The triumph of democracy is in sight…The three countries – Pakistan, Iran, and Afghanistan – are emerging free, strong and resilient, and are moving towards a common destiny, to unite together and form the bastion of power – the Strategic Depth of the Muslim World. It’s a vision which must be converted into a reality.”

After three decades we now stand at the Choice Point, while the Afghan struggle for freedom has reached a decisive phase. The hardcore of the struggle are the 45 million Pakhtuns living on both sides of the Durand Line, divided between Pakistan (60 percent) and Afghanistan (40 percent), and the 10% of them are residing in Karachi, the heart of Pakistan. During the last three decades, they have humbled and defeated the mightiest of the mighty of the world. Our Pakhtuns supported Afghan struggle for freedom and will continue to do so till they win their freedom. Win they will, Insha Allah.

After occupation of Afghanistan, India was facilitated by USA and its coalition partners to establish a vast spy network in Afghanistan, targeting mainly Pakistan.

The Indo-US collaboration against Pakistan is a failed attempt. After the occupation of Afghanistan, India was facilitated by the USA and its coalition partners to establish a vast spy network in Afghanistan, targeting mainly Pakistan. Thus India let loose a reign of terror in Pakistan which has continued unabated. In order to establish Indian Hegemony over the region, Afghanistan was declared as part of South Asia and the Strategic Partnership agreement was reached in 2005/2014, with declared objective to curb and contain rising Chinese military and economic power.

These attempts failed as the Afghan Taliban defeated the occupation forces, while the Pak Army and its Airforce, dismantled Indian terror network extending into Pakistan.

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Both USA and India are facing serious internal problems. Trump has emerged as the most unpopular President because of his style of governance and whimsical decision making. Secondly, his top advisors and policymakers are the Generals who failed to deliver in their war in Afghanistan.

They can only repeat failures and no better, and that is what precisely they are doing now. “Trump has been tragically effective at dismantling environmental and health regulations, as his most enduring legacy of Cancer, Infertility and diminished IQ” (Nicholas Kristof). On the other hand, India is faced with a serious socio-political crisis of conflict between the Secularists and the Ultra-Nationalists.

Trump is doubling down on an unsuccessful war in Afghanistan, which is a sign of insanity to do the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

Historically, such trends had emerged in India, in the past, causing serious polycentrism, that would now be accelerating regional drift by more than a dozen on-going insurgencies.

Pakistan has faced challenges of myriad dimensions during the last decade and a half, yet it is politically stable despite weak governance, poor decision making, and now is focusing on the elections 2018, that would lead the nation to a robust democratic order. Moreover, Pakistan has found its rightful place in today’s international relations, based on geopolitical and geo-economic relations – the forceful trend sweeping the region that would actualize a peaceful environment, without fighting a war.

The writer is a former COAS, Pakistan. He can be reached at friendsfoundation@live.co.uk. The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect Global Village Space’s editorial policy. 


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  1. American strategic aims in Afpak region are a cause of concern. Pakistan has to formalise its mutual defence relationship with China and Russia to prevent Indo- American transgressions in collusion with the Afghan puppet regime of President Ashraf Ghani supported by the Northern Alliance. Pakistan must proactively mend its fences with Iran in order to put a check on growing Indian influence in the region. There has been a marked ambivalence in our approach to Iran, perhaps as an accommodation to American anti-Iran policy and Saudi’s self destructive campaign against Iran acting in concert with Israel. The views expressed by Gen Mirza Aslam Beg deserve careful consideration by current policy makers.

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