Why should Pakistan still crawl towards Washington?
-DR. ABDUL RUFF
For US strategic experts, who promote US dictatorial and unilateral practices, the strategic partnerships the Americans have established with many "like-minded" leaders across the globe for years could simply mean terror partnerships and share the booties as per US plan with the super power snatching a lion's share of the resources looted in terror wars. NATO and strategic partners have brought many Muslim nations only to attack other energy rich Muslim nations, justifying all state crimes being committed by the US led fascist gangs.
Pakistan is among the worst affected Muslim nations that opted the "strategic partnership" with dictatorial and unilateral USA and NATO only get itself destabilized. Under the guise of the "protectors" of Islamic Pakistan, America has converted Islamabad a safe haven for NATO terror syndicate to target Pakistanis. And NATO terrorist keep killing Pakistanis by calling them the "terrorists, military and insurgents". USA claims to have paid Pakistanis money and terror goods in exchange for services rendered by Pakistan.
NATO wants the Pakistan military also to kill Muslims and when they refused they are warned of punitive action by the Pentagon bosses, including stoppage of "aid" . America's favorite bully strategy works well in Pakistan where it had set up huge number of agents-networks in all walks of life, generated systematically by the CIA during the long existence of Pakistan since 1947.
After Salala attack, killing many Pakistan solders, relations between US and Pakistan had touched the lowest ebb, and there was closure of ground line of communication for seven months. Now Pakistan has been coerced ot reopen the terror routes for NATO. The civil and military leaderships in Islamabad are on the same page so far as the Obama drone attacks are concerned. So are the people of Pakistan who now hate Americans more than ever.
America operates its coercive diplomacy on many lines in Pakistan - both from within and from abroad. From within, Americans have strong network operating exclusively for US interests and even against Pakistan's own interests, even threatening its sovereignty which is the central pillar of any nation. These include politicians, bureaucrats, media lords, intelligentsia, ruling elites, intelligence, military and police, etc. From abroad, Muslim nations, especially in the Arab world like Saudi Arabia and Dubai that could be brought in to play pro-US role to pressure Pakistan to do exactly what the Americans dictate. In order to make Islamabad dance to western liquor, USA can at any point of time create problems for Pakistani intelligentsia and elites like the media lords, making their frequent trips to USA and UK difficult by visa troubles, etc.
Saudi Arabia, UAE and Qatar are among Arab nations whom the Americans depend to push Pakistani regime when things go out of control The NATO drone attacks, US attack on Muslims, Obama drone terrorism and finally the NATO massacre of Pakistani men in uniform by air strikes on Salala check posts, have made America's comfortable stay in Pakistan difficult. And USA used all possible means to make Islamabad dance once again to CIA tunes. Apart from Saudi Arabia, USA has used the politicians, military, intelligence, media lords, elites, intelligentsia to get its "job" done. The NATO terror routes were reopened.
The civilian casualties from US drone strikes are substantial. But in order to make Pakistan work with more aggressiveness, USA resorted to blame game. Americans have been creating illusion and confusion in world, first by conveying an impression that attacks on military were being carried out with the nod from Pakistan government. Pakistan government, the military and intelligence agencies are deadly annoyed with this. They have repeatedly asserted that unilateral drone strikes have proved counter-productive and result in stoking anti-American feelings on one hand and tend to create sympathy for the terrorists. These attacks are in violation of international law; they undermine Pakistan’s sovereignty and tarnish the image of military of Pakistan.
Unfortunately, those Pakistanis who live parasitic lives at the cost of nation's sovereignty and ordinary people's lives, wanted a quick thaw in Pak-US ties for their own reasons and they harped on "gains" of Pakistan if the US ties are kept intact, no matter how many Muslims are massacred. As Pakistan regime lords sought an lame excuse from USA in the form of an "apology" to let the notorious NATO resume terror operations, Americans just tended a vague apology to make the Pakistani rulers happy. Core media in Pakistan trumpeted the dawn of US-Pakistani relations already and their lords look to USA for favors already.
After the US tendered apology over NATO air strikes inside Pakistani territories, there has been cooked up key development of thaw in Pak-US ties. Those who are so used to visiting the USA on state expenses are growing restless and now eagerly want the ties resumed and terror routes reopened quickly so that they can resume their free trips..
The CIA reasoned, maybe rightly, that the main cause of regime anger in Pakistan towards the NATO is its illogical attack on Pakistani military posts, killing many Pakistan personnel. USA therefore decided to first take steps to mute Pakistani military anger and mute the regime's anger that way. A bogus apology was followed with permission for Pakistan military chiefs to visit Washington on some lame excuse. .
The truth is the military bosses, just like the elites including the media lords, can’t simply live in Islamabad without frequenting the US-UK embassies and visiting touring to Washington on some lame excuse. Pakistanis elites are as used to these practices as part of "strategic alliance" that any standoff between USA and Pakistan directly affects this "process" of entertainment. The chief of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Lt. General Zaheer-ul-Islam said he will visit the US soon, as the visit has already been approved by the government speedily. USA refuses to provide strategic and technical intelligence input obtained through drones/Unmanned Arial Vehicles so that Pakistan can take action against the so-called "terrorists". When he leaves for USA, it will be the first visit by the army chief or an intelligence chief to the US after the 2nd May 2011 when the US Marines had conducted operation at Abbottabad compound, showing utter disregard to international law and Pakistan’s sovereignty. The ISI chief would meet his US counterpart, Director of CIA D. Petraeus and other senior American officials to discuss matters related to drone terrorism and counter-terrorism cooperation.
As a useful carrot, the USA has also hinted that it would offer some drone technology to Pakistan. Lt-General Islam might focus on unilateral drone attacks by the US and press for their cessation. The ISI chief will discuss the possibility of the transfer of drone technology and capacity building of Pakistani forces. They also held that he will reject any ‘wink-and-nod’ offers from the US in terms of drone strikes and US boots on the ground. The Bureau of Investigative Journalism has reported between 2,464 and 3,145 fatalities from drone attacks in Pakistan, of which 482 to 830 have been civilians. USA downplays the issue of deaths. There is hope that the meeting would be the first step to normalize relations between Pentagon and Pakistan military. Lt. General Zaheer-ul-Islam is committed to follow the guidelines given by the Parliament; it is therefore for sure he would to say no to drone attacks and no to US troops on ground. Though America had in the past refused to transfer drone technology, Islam is to discuss possibility of transfer of drone technology and capacity building of Pakistani forces.
America cannot be expected to take Pakistan as a partner of any rank as it can only use and throw Pakistan once the “job is done”. The way NATO rogue states have destabilized an “ally” like Pakistan that provides space and shields the crimes by the Americans does not indicate any positive attitude of USA or Europe towards Islamabad.
Even as Turkey also crawls aimlessly towards the anti-Islamic EU which refuses to recognize an Islamic Turkey as a Europa power, Pakistan crawls towards Washington, knowing fully well that Pakistanis do not tolerate the dirty American bully techniques and terror methods.
Americans have deliberately created a situation to make Pakistan feel weak and always threatened by enemies. Maybe it is the fear complex that makes Islamabad to not to end terror ties with USA, the largest terrorist state on earth.
Even while killing Pakistanis inside Pakistan, the USA lives on misconceptions and the CIA did not trust Pakistan, did not deem it necessary to take Pakistan into confidence.
Over years of its dealings with the outwardly rich American lords, Pakistani leadership has learned the art of "balancing" for making huge private profits for leaders and families in and abroad.
The irritants have to be removed for strong ties between “strategic allies"- the USA and Pakistan. The assassination of an innocent "Osama", who was enjoying his family life, by Americans in Pakistan and the sentencing of Dr S. Afridi, the man who helped the US locate Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, is a "bone" of contention. USA employs extra-ambitious India as a key bargain chip to threaten Pakistan. Pakistan asks the US to address destabilized Pakistan’s concerns and Americans must stop touting greater role for India in post-drawdown era in 2014. These are areas where Pakistan and the USA must discuss and reconcile.
The problem is the USA remains the dictatorial power capable of forcing a destabilized Pakistan to do the monkeys' job. And Pakistan elites are too eager to resume serving the US bosses. It is only to be seen whether the US will henceforth shun its super power arrogance, see reason and stop drone attacks, or would it risk plummeting of relations that could be detrimental to the interests of the US as well as Pakistan. Of course, Washington is least worried about Pakistan's problems but it just wants to prolong the occupation and terror operations in Pakistan.
Pakistan seems to be carefully treading the risky US terror road, as it is not a matter of dealing with the super power alone but with 49 NATO countries. That is fine after all these reverses.
Pakistanis must show that they can exist without US aid, are not interested in US money and favors and they must now prove that freedom and independence they got from both UK and India will be used fruitfully, at least hereafter, in creating and securing a credible Islamic state that sincerely cares for the people, helping them all live as Muslims.
د. عبد راف