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Biden’s Afghan Pullout Is a Victory for Pakistan. But at What Cost?

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Ain't gonna happen US won't be stupid enough to put any sanctions on Pakistan due to many reasons its a campaign againt Pakistan started by NDS and India will continue till all withdrawal but issue with US is there is no spare 100billion a yr left to fight a futile war but for few its living bread and butter
US will put unilateral or combined NATO countries sanctions on Pakistan, after the US troops exit. This is their standard SOP - use and then sanction. UN sanctions is not possible as China will veto.
 

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May be, but Pakistan has played well this time.
The openings towards China, Russia, Turkey and Iran are not without a reason.
The way Russia is raging with an uncontrollable anger, showing the way they want to run over Ukraine in WW2 style, anything is possible!!! The US policy makers must keep it in mind while dealing with Pak!! The Great Game is now resurrected.....
 

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All get ready for the upcoming civil war. Interesting time ahead for Pakistan
It was terrible mishandling by the traitor Musharaf that cost Pakistan Afghanistan and gave India Kabul on a platter. The establishment in Pakistan by 2005 saw the disaster and then began to try to undo it by covertly supporting Taliban. Nearly 20 years later we are about to go back to status quo ante.

Pakistan will succeed if it can adopt a nuanced approach. It MUST make sure that whatever happens inside Afghanstan does not blowback to USA or Europe. Primarily meaning not allow any groups like AQ etc who use Afgh., to launch attacks on Western targets. As long as this condition is met Pakistan will emerge the winner.

On a secondary and lower priorty it must make sure that there is no massacres carried out by Talban and or they go full on retard with females. The reason being is this could get picked by by western media or create waves of refugees which again would put spotlight on Pakistan.

As long as these are secured Pakistan will be back to late 1990s in Afghanistan.

On another note Pakistan has in PM Imran Khan the best interlocuter on Afghanistan. Lest we forget he used to be called 'Taliban Khan'. Well that to has given him stock with the Talibs. This places him nicely to have influence on them as they know his heart was with them all along.
 

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Pakistan hedged its bets from what I can tell. A necessary posture, IMO. No way Pakistan could allow NDS to launch a covert war using TTP without a response. USA was caught in the middle of regional conflict that had nothing to do with its own goals. I always argued USA should limit its goals in Afghanistan when it went in....no one listened to me. :undecided:
 

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“When history is written,” declared Gen. Hamid Gul, who led the feared spy service known as the I.S.I. during the last stretch of the Cold War in the 1980s, “it will be stated that the I.S.I. defeated the Soviet Union in Afghanistan with the help of America.”
“Then there will be another sentence,” General Gul added after a brief pause, delivering his punchline to loud applause. “The I.S.I., with the help of America, defeated America.”



This famous quote goes like hot knife through butter among the enemies of Pakistan, liberal trash within and on this vary forum.

May Allah raise Gen Gul ranks in hereafter. Ameen.
 

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Once Indian sponsored separatist movements are neutralised by the ISI and Taliban in Afghanistan, there will be no need to use Islam as the only glue to hold the country together. We will be able to slowly tone down the hardcore Islamic ideologies while improving the economy and development of the country. This deep rooted extremism took decades to grow this large and will take decades to eliminate.

If separatist terrorists from Afghanistan were to keep causing issues then we would have no choice but to resort to using hardcore Islam to unite the country against Hindutva India. Otherwise we would have another East Pakistan situation. That's why India is doing randi rona over the US's withdrawal, all of their terrorist groups which they have spent years funding and training will be skinned alive by the ISI in a matter of months.
Islam is what can keep this country united. Ayub tried to reverse Islam and only result was we lost half of Pakistan. Islamic ideology is the only glue which can keep this country together. Other wise nationalists will make sure this country is broken into several pieces.

Now for this article when we declared it our victory. This article is based on BS and not on ground realities. These days biggest supporters and trainers of and provider of weapons to Taliban is not Pakistan but Iran and Russia. In fact we have asked USA not to leave without stabilizing Afghanistan and reaching peace deal which actually works. It's not in our interest that Afghanistan goes into civil war again. So please New York times you can keep your BS to yourselves.
US is NOT pulling out.
O they will. They are going out for good. They can't afford to stay anymore.
 

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US will put unilateral or combined NATO countries sanctions on Pakistan, after the US troops exit. This is their standard SOP - use and then sanction. UN sanctions is not possible as China will veto.
Not gonna happen US just pulling all her combat troops not diplomatic presence zero chance for sanctions I believe they will increase cooperation with Pakistan beacuse strong Pakistan is vital for further dealing with Afghanistan and also reconstruction projects
 

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Pakistan’s military stayed allied to both the Americans and Taliban. But now the country may face intensified extremism at home as a result of a perceived Taliban victory.

Near the peak of the American war in Afghanistan, a former chief of neighboring Pakistan’s military intelligence — an institution allied both to the U.S. military and to its Taliban adversaries — appeared on a talk show called “Joke Night” in 2014. He put a bold prediction on the record.
“When history is written,” declared Gen. Hamid Gul, who led the feared spy service known as the I.S.I. during the last stretch of the Cold War in the 1980s, “it will be stated that the I.S.I. defeated the Soviet Union in Afghanistan with the help of America.”
“Then there will be another sentence,” General Gul added after a brief pause, delivering his punchline to loud applause. “The I.S.I., with the help of America, defeated America.”
In President Biden’s decision to withdraw all American forces from Afghanistan by September, Pakistan’s powerful military establishment finally gets its wish after decades of bloody intrigue: the exit of a disruptive superpower from a backyard where the I.S.I. had established strong influence through a friendly Taliban regime before the U.S. invaded in 2001.
https://www.nytimes.com/article/afg...tion=click&module=RelatedLinks&pgtype=Article
A return of the Taliban to some form of power would dial the clock back to a time when Pakistan’s military played gatekeeper to Afghanistan, perpetually working to block the influence of its archenemy, India.

But the Pakistani military’s sheltering of the Taliban insurgency over the past two decades — doggedly pursuing a narrowly defined geopolitical victory next door — risks another wave of disruption at home. Pakistan is a fragile, nuclear-armed state already reeling from a crashed economy, waves of social unrest, agitation by oppressed minorities and a percolating Islamic militancy of its own that it is struggling to contain.

If Afghanistan descends into chaos, Pakistanis are bound to feel the burden again just as they did after Afghanistan disintegrated in the 1990s following the Soviet withdrawal. Millions of Afghan refugees crossed the porous border to seek relative safety in Pakistan’s cities and towns.


And more: A Taliban return to power, either through a civil war or through a peace deal that gives them a share of power, would embolden the extremist movements in Pakistan that share the same source of ideological mentorship in the thousands of religious seminaries spread across Pakistan. Those groups have shown no hesitation in antagonizing the country’s government.
While Pakistan’s military played a dangerous game of supporting militants abroad and containing extremists at home, the country’s Islamist movements found a rallying cause in the presence of an invading foreign force next door, openly fund-raising for and cheering on their Afghan classmates. New extremist groups kept shrinking the civil society space in Pakistan — often targeting intellectuals and professionals for abuse or attack — and even found sympathizers in the ranks of Pakistan’s security forces.
Pakistani generals have resorted to a mix of force and appeasement in tackling the country’s own growing militancy problem, said Dr. Ayesha Siddiqa, a research associate at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. But a strategy for countering the spread of extremism has been elusive.
“It scares me, it scares me,” Dr. Siddiqa said. “Once the Taliban come back, that should trouble the Pakistani government, or any government. It will be inspiring for all the other groups.”
Said Nazir, a retired brigadier and defense analyst in Islamabad, said Pakistan had “learned some lessons” from the blowback of past support to jihadist groups. The country would need to tread more cautiously in the endgame of the Afghan war.
“Victory will not be claimed by Pakistan, but tacitly the Taliban will owe it to Pakistan,” Mr. Nazir said. “Pakistan does fear the replay of past events and fears a bloody civil war and violence if hasty withdrawal and no political solution occur simultaneously.”
Seth Jones of the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington said that although Pakistan’s military and intelligence establishment are “undoubtedly celebrating” the Biden announcement, greater control in Afghanistan is far from assured.
“It will be difficult, if not impossible, for Pakistan to control the Taliban and other militant groups in Afghanistan as the country spirals into a civil war,” he said. “Al Qaeda, the Islamic State, and other groups are already operating in Afghanistan. There is no way Pakistan can control this hodgepodge of groups, which have different interests, leaders, and goals.”

From the moment of its birth as a country in 1947, Pakistan found itself surrounded by enemies. The new borders drawn up by British officials instantly mired Pakistan in a host of territorial disputes, including a serious one with Afghanistan, which still lays claim to what most of the world sees as Pakistan’s northwestern regions.

It was at the peak of the Cold War in the 1970s, as the Soviet Union pushed to expand its influence in South and Central Asia, that Pakistani leaders found a formula of deploying Islamist proxies they have stuck to ever since. The United States armed and financed the training of the mujahedeen insurgency that would defeat the Soviet Army in Afghanistan and topple the government it propped up. Pakistan’s army, particularly its intelligence wing, would serve as the handler, host, and trainer.

Through the ensuing civil war in the 1990s, Pakistani generals helped a younger group of fundamentalist Afghan fighters known as the Taliban sweep the fighting factions and establish a government with control over more than 90 percent of Afghanistan.

But when the United States invaded in 2001 to chase Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda after their terrorist attacks on American soil, the Americans also turned their sights on Pakistan’s allies in Afghanistan, the ruling Taliban. Pakistan found itself in a difficult position. In the face of President George Bush’s “with us or against us” ultimatum, Pakistan’s military ruler, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, reluctantly went along.

The decision had an immediate blowback: Pakistan began facing attacks from the Pakistani Taliban for siding with the U.S. military campaign against their ideological brothers in Afghanistan. It took years of military operations that cost the lives of thousands of Pakistani forces, and displaced countless people in Pakistan’s northwest, to quell the group.


At the same time, Pakistan’s military kept working to help the Afghan Taliban regroup as an insurgency to keep the United States in check. Even as American officials relied on Pakistani help to conduct the war and intelligence operations, some were bitter about the double role played by the I.S.I. The killing of Bin Laden in Pakistan by U.S. forces in 2011 was one rare moment when those tensions played out in public.
But Pakistan’s generals were also successful in making themselves indispensable to the United States — offering a nuclear-armed ally in a region where China, Russia and Islamist militants all had interests. Effectively, it meant that the United States chose to turn a blind eye as its Pakistani allies helped the Taliban wear down American and allied forces in Afghanistan.
Afghan government officials, meanwhile, were becoming increasingly distraught that their American allies were not coming down harder on Pakistan.
On one trip to Afghanistan soon after being elected vice president in 2008, Mr. Biden was urged by President Hamid Karzai to pressure Pakistan into rooting out Taliban sanctuaries on its soil. Mr. Biden was reported to respond by saying that Pakistan was 50 times more important to the United States than Afghanistan was.
In recent years, as American officials sought a way to leave Afghanistan, they again had to turn to Pakistan — to pressure the Taliban to come to peace talks, and to lend help when the United States needed to move against Al Qaeda or the Islamic State affiliate in the region.
With the U.S. intention to leave publicly declared, Pakistan did away with any semblance of denial that the Taliban leadership was sheltering there. Taliban leaders flew from Pakistani cities to engage in peace talks in Qatar. When negotiations reached delicate moments that required consultations with field commanders, they flew back to Pakistan.
When the United States finally signed a withdrawal agreement with the Taliban in February last year, the mood in some circles in Pakistan was one of open celebration.

Pakistan’s former defense minister, Khawaja Muhammad Asif, who had repeatedly visited the halls of power in Washington as a U.S. ally, tweeted a photo of U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meeting Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Taliban deputy at the talks in Qatar.
“You might have might on your side, but God is with us,” Mr. Asif said in the tweet, ending with a cry of victory. “Allah u Akbar!”
But there are signs that extremist groups within Pakistan have already felt emboldened by the Taliban’s perceived victory, giving a glimpse of the trouble likely to be in store for Pakistani officials.
The once-defeated Pakistani Taliban have increased their activities in tribal areas bordering Afghanistan. Ambushes against security forces have become more frequent.
Just how wide the problem of extremism might stretch has been on display in recent days on the streets of two of Pakistan’s main cities, Lahore and Karachi.
Supporters of Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan, a movement that sees itself as protecting Islam against blasphemy, thrashed uniformed members of Pakistani forces and took dozens hostage for hours. Videos emerged of Pakistani army officers trying to reason with the violent protesters. Officials said two policemen had been killed, and 300 wounded. The showdown continues, as the government moved to ban the group as a terrorist outfit.
“The state was not able to control the stick-wielding and stone-hurling members of the T.L.P. that paralyzed most parts of the country for two days,” said Afrasiab Khattak, a former chairman of Pakistan’s human rights commission. “How will they handle trained, guns-carrying Taliban militants?”

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An interesting article that has appeared in the NYT. Your takes? I do find some of the concerns genuine.
 

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So Basically if Pakistan support American President decision of withdrawal then its because Pakistan always supported Taliban, and if Pakistan support their decision to stay so Pakistan is bad and hence they have to do more...

Yeh Kesa Mogambo hai jo kisi haal mai khush nai hota yaar ?
One has to understand the bigger picture to really understand the constant bickering by certain US deep state sponsored American media. You are right that the American media won't be happy in any state. Why?

As American deep state stay prolonged in Afghanistan over the years their goals also changed. One major goal that the Americans haf set for themselves was to break up Pakistan and denuclearise it. Not a secret whatsoever. They failed in these objectives and is the real pain with regards to Pakistan.
May be, but Pakistan has played well this time.
The openings towards China, Russia, Turkey and Iran are not without a reason.
That too enrages the Americans. Particularly the US deep state. Pakistan has great options and alternatives. CPEC is already underway and other avenues with Russia and Iran are on the table. Let the Yanks leave Afghanistan and see how Pakistan really lives up to its geographic potential. China will reap massive benefits. Pakistani routes through Afghanistan to Central Asian States is on the cards. The only obstacle until now was the USA. Once this obstacle has gone our region has the potential to blossom. Trade and prosperity unites the most bitter foes folks. Afghanistan won't be different. China and Russia will step in to start real negotiations between various factions in Afghanistan. Who says peace cannot be achieved? Peace cannot be achieved when spoilers are present. India and the US are spoilers of peace.
 
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Biden will impose sanctions against Pakistan after leaving Afghanistan.
that's why he did not call PM Imran Khan.
The US is repeating the same mistake of 1989.
 

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