September 27, 2001, Chandigarh, India
USA, Pak differ on strategy
New Delhi, September 26
Stung by America’s efforts to rope in the Northern Alliance in Afghanistan in tightening the noose around Saudi fugitive Osama bin Laden, Islamabad is fearful of the USA targeting Pakistani religious groups, a euphemism for fundamentalist elements involved in cross-border terrorism.
With pressure mounting on Pakistan to acquiesce to Washington’s demands, there is consternation in the powerful military establishment in Rawalpindi about the non-inclusion of Muslim states among the coalition of countries taking up the gauntlet against the menace of terrorism with the USA in the vanguard.
Another aspect causing heartaches for Pakistan is America’s refusal to seek fresh United Nation’s endorsement in the military build up pertaining to Operation Enduring Freedom. These are some highly vexed issues coming in the way of Pakistan-USA military cooperation against terrorist networks in Afghanistan.
The army establishment in Pakistan is vehemently opposed to any military offensive against the Taliban militia in Afghanistan which has the potential of driving the Northern Alliance in the Panjshir valley to the seat of power in Kabul.
Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf is reportedly of the opinion that American military crackdown should remain focussed on eliminating terrorist camps in Afghanistan without such action spilling over to PoK.
Simultaneously, General Musharraf is keen that any military campaign should not favour anti-Pakistan forces or the Northern Alliance to hold the reigns of power in Afghanistan.
An unsavoury development for Islamabad’s military leadership is America’s resolve to target 26 terrorist outfits including the Pakistan-based Al-Rashid trust and the Harkat-ul-Mujahideen (HUM). The Rashid Trust and HUM both have come under the microscope of American investigative and law enforcement agencies.
What the Pakistani military brass finds highly damaging is that the USA wants to neutralise terrorist organisations which have been operating on the soil of some of its allies. A case in point is Jammu and Kashmir where Pakistan-aided terrorists have sought to create a mayhem and indulged in the massacre of innocent men, women and children for more than a decade.
An influential section in Pakistan believes that Islamabad needs to distance itself from the Taliban regime in Afghanistan so that the people are not caught in the war against terrorism. This section wants a more transparent Afghan policy and that Pakistan should give up its erroneous strategic notions.
No rift: Islamabad Islamabad, September 26 However, Foreign Office spokesman Riaz Ahmed Khan said Pakistan could not join any hostile action against Afghanistan or its people as the destiny of the two was linked. He denied reports which suggested that Islamabad and Washington were not in agreement about the operational modalities in Afghanistan.
Islamabad, September 26
However, Foreign Office spokesman Riaz Ahmed Khan said Pakistan could not join any hostile action against Afghanistan or its people as the destiny of the two was linked. He denied reports which suggested that Islamabad and Washington were not in agreement about the operational modalities in Afghanistan. UNI
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