Which Side Is Pakistan On In The Fight Against Terrorism?

For years Pakistan has said it is against al Quada and the Taliban, and ‘aided’ the US and NATO nations in their joint assault on these terrorist groups, but there has continually been a suspicion of doubt as to which side they are really on. I think we now have the answer!

Dr. Shakil Afridi – Traitor or Patriot?

It has been reported that the Pakistani doctor who helped find bin Laden has received a 33 year prison sentence and fine of $3,500 for treason! That to me says it all! For the good doctor to assist the CIA in finding the most hated terrorist of all time would not in my book be treason, but calls for a medal. The Pakistan government however obviously thinks differently, which must mean to my mind, that their loyalty to the western cause of defeating terrorism is somewhat lacking. The latest reports indicate there is concern that several people who assisted the Navy S.E.A.L.s in their operation have also been arrested.

There are many unanswered questions surrounding bin Laden’s ability to live successfully for years within a stone’s throw of a Pakistani military facility and remain untouched and unseen. Under normal circumstances this would seem impossible.

Bin Laden’s Hideout

The American’s did not inform the Pakistani government of its intention to send in S.E.A.L.S to get him, for the simple reason they suspected someone, particularly in the intelligence community, would tell the al Quada chief of the impending raid. After all that’s happened, I am pretty sure that if the government had been told, the bird would have long flown by the time they came knocking at his door.

In this particular case I am in full agreement with President Obama and his military chiefs, in that it was a chance too good to miss and certainly worth the political fallout afterwards.

World’s Most Wanted Terrorist

I have to admit to considerable scepticism on Pakistan’s commitment to the fight against terrorism, especially since they called off the military campaign against the Taliban strongholds in the North-Western Provinces a couple of years ago before it was completed. Stopping the cleansing operation when only half completed was I believe a sop to the USA and other NATO countries, but was not done with any real intent of wiping out the al Quada and Taliban bases on their side of the border.

It cannot be denied the Pakistan government has had to deal with a long list of cock-ups perpetrated by the American Military, such as the killing of 24 Pakistani soldiers at a border outpost during a drone strike and the killing of innocent civilians by the same method, but to be honest, that is all water under the bridge, for now we have more evidence of the reluctance among government circles to come to grips in a positive way with terrorism.

However, to me the last straw must surely be the sentence handed down to Shakil Afridi, the Pakistani doctor at the heart of the story. He did what he thought was right, and probably for an extremely large cash payout from the CIA, and it lands him in jail for the rest of his life. No matter the motive, the fact that he was of help in handing over bin Laden should earn him the gratitude of the whole world in my view.

Roy.

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