Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Pakistan questions

The head of the Pakistan armed forces, General Kayani, today criticized cross-border raids from Afghanistan, and said that Pakistan would defend its sovereignty 'at all cost'.

Almost simultaneously, the head of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mullen, said he had ordered a strategy to include Pakistan territory.

All this follows a meeting on a US aircraft carrier in between Mullen and Kayani back in late August. So, the question is, are Mullen and Kayani working together, or not? Is it just an act for domestic consumption by Kayani, while he really agreed to cross-border operations? Or was the operation a reply to the truce declared in Bajaur back on Sept. 1, and now that fighting seems to have resumed, the issue will go away?

The difference between having foreign troops raiding one's country, and having Predetor drones flying around blowing things up seems mainly a political distinction, rather than a real concern about sovereignty, so it looks like a political war of nerves from here.


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