Monday, April 28, 2008

Pakistan Problems, Con't

Since September 11th, the US has given Pakistan $10 billion in aid. Despite this, Al Qaeda's influence has not lessened, and, in fact, US intelligence officials say that the group is now stronger than it has been in years.

The most current agreement with the new Pakistani government "would require the tribes to expel foreign militants, cease their own attacks and kidnappings, and allow freedom of movement to the Frontier Corps, the local security force. The deal also calls for an exchange of prisoners in return for the gradual withdrawal of the Pakistani military from part of the tribal region of South Waziristan."

So far, the deal has caused the mastermind of Benazir Bhutto's assassination to demand that all of his forces cease actions.

Still, it has been reported that US officials are not fond of this deal. Despite pouring tons of money into the country, the US has not come up with a better plan. A congressional investigation found that the US failed to come up with a "comprehensive plan," that is, one that involves diplomacy, intelligence, law enforcement and economic aid. Officials in the American embassy in Islamabad said that the US's over reliance of military interventions in the region is because of "a lack of a more comprehensive counterterrorism approach."

The administrations inability to deal more effectively with Pakistan is another example of its struggle to effectively fight COIN in the region.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Five regional cities should be upgraded with in the provinces in Pakistan. Regional cities of Dera Ismail Khan in NWFP, Gawadar/ Qalat in Balouchistan, Sukkar/ Larkana in Upper Sind, Jehlam/ Rawalpindi and Multan in Punjab province. These regional cities have been ignored by the federal and provincial governments although these cities have their history, culture and languages. The people of these regions have to travel to provincial capitals for every small issue and requirement of the daily life which should be provided to their nearby cities. Creation of regional government and upgrading of the regional cities will save a lot of money and time of the poor people of these regions. Circuit courts of the High Courts are already working in these areas and only requirement is the additional staff of different departments involved in additional work at the provincial capitals. The concern authorities should immediately consider to upgrade the regional cities. And immediate attention should be given upgrade the airports, hospitals educational institutes and investment opportunities for Pakistanis living abroad and foreign firms to create jobs in the area.