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Credibility of Pakistan at the lowest ebb!

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Finally the Americans have come to realise that Pakistan has been “stringing them along” about the presence on its soil of the most wanted terrorist, Osama bin Laden. In fact the Pakistan Army Inter-Services Intelligence has been shifting him and his wives and children from one safe house to another ever since he had to flee Kabul in the face of the massive retaliation by coalition forces for the 9/11 attack on the twin World Trade Towers in New York and the Pentagon in Washington DC.

Pakistan tried to make out that Osama bin Laden was killed in the bombardment of the Tora Bora caves so that the US would give up the chase and he could live in peace in Pakistan to plan more devastating strikes against the US. Such was the extent of Pakistani perfidy that for some years prior to midnight strike on the mansion in Abbottabad the US had been developing its own intelligence on the whereabouts of wanted terrorists in the Afghanistan-Pakistan salient. That is how they almost got the Al Qaeda number 2 Ayman al-Zawahiri when he came to attend a meeting in a village near the border. That is how, too, they got Baitullah Mehsud when he came to meet his wife in his father-in-law’s house. Pakistan has been trying to get the US to stop the drone attacks but Washington has had the good sense not to bend to this obvious double-dealing.

When Americans woke that May morning to learn that Osama bin Laden had been found and killed in one of the most important cantonment towns in Pakistan there was disbelief and consternation: Pakistan had lied to America all these years even as it was milking it for billions of dollars while pretending to cooperate in the Global War On Terror (GWOT)! All the while it was sabotaging and undermining US efforts to get those who perpetrated 9/11 and bring them to justice! American lawmakers have moved a bill in Congress to ban all aid to Pakistan and I believe that it is time the US stopped Pakistan from treating it like a moron.

I very strongly believe that if the US shuts off all aid to Pakistan, global terrorism will come to a screeching halt within a year. China has been supporting Pakistan in its perfidy in the hope that the US will bleed itself economically so that it no longer can be considered a Super Power. Then, China hopes to exert its hegemony and dominate the world. US President Barack Obama has correctly assessed the China-Pak gameplan and that is why, the moment US intelligence agencies were able to identify the person in the mansion in Abbottabad he handed over Osama’s death warrant to the US Navy SEALs.

Now Obama needs to do something about Pakistan itself. Both the Kerry-Lugar-Breman Act and the Enhanced Partnership with Pakistan Act of 2009 contain safeguards to ensure that American aid is not misused or misappropriated and that the US is getting value for money. Empowered though it is, the Obama administration is hesitating to take the extreme step obviously in the hope that Pakistan will deliver on its commitment to fight terrorism in concert and in cooperation with other members of the world community. That it has not done so has become painfully obvious to everyone.

It has become as clear as day that no matter how much money the US pours into Pakistan, Rawalpindi where the General Headquarters of the Pakistan Army is situated, will not raise a finger against those who are to help Pakistan regain its strategic depth in Afghanistan and lay the foundations of an Islamic Caliphate where the crowning policy would be jihad and wanton violence.

Washington needs to be reminded that it has little time to waste because the next election season is round the corner. Obama has the enemy on the back foot. Will it be prudent to let him get away? It is time to make Pakistan fulfil its commitments in full measure.

Jai Hind!

 


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