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Pakistan: Crucial role in SCO for Afghanistan issues

06-06-2012 13:51 BJT Special Report:The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Summit 2012 |

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As the SCO summit begins, the focus is likely to remain on Afghanistan. Experts believe SCO's contribution will be to revive Afghanistan, both politically and economically. As an observer state, Pakistan hopes to get a full membership of the SCO in the summit, and as the country shares the longest border with the war-torn Afghanistan, how will Pakistan contribute?

Since the 80's, treachery and duplicity in the name of war to protect US mainland after 9-11 was a resurrection of the great game to penetrate the resource rich Afro-Asian nations by the neo-colonialist US establishment under Bush, who proclaimed a crusade in a region predominantly inhabited by Muslims.

As a frontline state Pakistan has borne the brunt of losses in kind and lives with the killing of over 35000 civilians, including women and children in the tribal belts of the north and more than 5000 active troops of the Pakistan army, in its killing fields, besides a destruction and vandalizing of its infrastructure and creating a psychosis of awe and fear, a doctrine introduced to the world by Mr. Kissinger, former US secretary of state.

The hideous introduction of aerial warfare by unmanned drones, condemned by the whole world and manipulated by the united states military command with the blessings of NATO forces led by the united states, has ironically led to the ignominious defeat of the most powerful armies of the world now seeking escape routes from war torn Afghanistan to prevent the Vietnam syndrome.

The reprisals now are brutal and savage, with no quarters being sort. The pakhtunwali code of revenge has from time immemorial based on eye for an eye, best expressed by Colonel Gilani who has served in the area.

Col. Dilawar Parviz Gilani, defense expert, said, "In our so called war against terror we have so far lost 35000 people not counting the so called terrorist casualties that exceed 23000 or possibly more than that. If we do not scale down conflict and do not bring peace and law and order in those areas which are disturbed, this will continue. As it has continued in the case of the soviet invasion and subsequent to that the withdrawal of the Americans or the CIA operation against the soviets, there was so much strife in Afghanistan and for the last 10 years Afghanistan has been occupied by American and the ISAF forces. There is a ceremonial role of SCO to be played in this. SCO should be development oriented and not follow the nostrum of fighting terrorism with terrorism just like the Americans have tried and failed."

Behind the scene parleys with top US command and its puppet Karzai Afghan government have not yielded the expected results and the American desire to goad Pakistan into attacking the Haqqani group and opening up a second front in Waziristan has given little headway of resuming the NATO supply route.

Experts believe, the Russian and Chinese desire to give Pakistan full membership of SCO is mainly on account of the threat of militant groups in CARS, where Uzbek and Chechen freedom fighters are likely to impact on stability on the Russian zone of influence and territories.

The fallout of these militant groups has also affected the highly volatile Xinjiang province. The collusion between the afghan Taliban and the residual but still active al-Qaeda, now under Zawahiri's command is pledged to destroy the occupation armies of NATO and U.S, now visible in the emboldened attacks on US bases in Afghanistan with the threat of over five hundred suicide bombers ready to strike. The backlash has mainly resulted in plentiful casualties among the Pakistani forces.

Experts say Pakistan's involvement in the SCO summit is crucial. In any current or future discussions related to the solution of the afghan imbroglio, the pivotal role of Pakistan cannot be ruled out especially with massive inflows of afghan refugees pouring in the settled areas of Pakistan and creating a crisis situation in human and financial terms.


Editor:Bai Yang |Source: CNTV.CN

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