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Pakistan more dangerous than Iran?

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  1. Adux

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    Pakistan more dangerous than Iran?

    BERLIN, June 14 (UPI) -- A U.S. security expert believes Pakistan, not Iran, should be the principal U.S. concern as a nuclear threat.
    "If there's any country we should be paying attention to it's Pakistan and not so much Iran," Charles Pena, a senior fellow at the Independent Institute and former director of defense policy studies at the Cato Institute, said Thursday at a conference at the German Council on Foreign Relations, a Berlin-based think tank.

    The current administration in Islamabad, led by President Pervez Musharraf, is an ally of the United States in its war on terrorism. However, hopes that Musharraf will destroy surviving al-Qaida cells and help defeat a Taliban insurgency in neighboring Afghanistan have not materialized.

    Some say Musharraf, who is under severe pressure to resign as his domestic popularity is declining, does not want to pursue al-Qaida at all. A military leader, he came to power in a bloodless coup in 1999 and has clung to power ever since.

    Washington nevertheless supports him because it knows the alternatives could be much worse: Elections are coming up, and radical Islamist forces have gained support in Pakistan, a country that possesses nuclear weapons.

    Unlike the leadership in Tehran, a post-Musharraf government would very likely be a "radical Islamic regime with real ties to terrorist groups," Pena added.
    http://www.upi.com/International_In...06/14/pakistan_more_dangerous_than_iran/8650/
     
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    interesting;
     
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    Maybe he means Nawaz and benazir, will act against the US, since the pakistani public dont like the US. Therefore playing into the hands of the mullah's.

    Or they might be trying to garner more support for Musharraf in the US admin, since it is easier to deal with him and he is on their side
     
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    BS! Pakistan will never become a radical islamic regime. Pakistani people as well as the military will never allow it.
    I'm sick and tired of this bias western propaganda. :sick:
     
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    Lol Nawaz and benazir will go against US? The only anti-USA party in Pak which is MMA have far less seats in Parliament compared to pro-USA. This is not India where terrorists parties like BJP and Hindutva are elected. So Hindutva supporters stop dreaming about Pak having extremist Gov so you can take the advantage just like India tried after 9/11 tragedy but failed.
     
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    AoA
    This is not western propaganda. Check the number of times Musharraf has talked about what is keeping islamic from taking over is him. So If our own leadership use this propaganda to stay in power why blame the west. We have a history of rulers who rule with a gun on their head. Just today their is a article in wall street journal by najam sethi. All pro musharraf but the same threat of islamist. forget islamist but a new younger generation of radical military officers recruited during zia ul haq will soon become 3 star generals. So why blame the west when our own leaders gain approval of their rule from west.
     
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    I'll never deny that rogue elements exist in PA aswell as ISI but neither of these powerfull organisations can supress a nation of 160 million, mostly moderate and turn it into taliban or Iran style radical society.
     
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    Who is this ''some''???
    I heard some says, RAW is covertly sponsoring Al-Qaeeda elements in Afghanistan by arming them with Iranian weapons.
    Needless to say peaceful Afghanistan is not desired by the enemies of Pakistan and elimination of Al-Qaeda won't serve there sole purpose of existence.

    That's good to see that you disagree to the opinion of 'SOME' in article by admitting that Musharraf is on the side of US.

    But I don't agree to your formulae that any one who hates US is Mulla!!
    You have courted US many times on this forum, shall I consider that you have converted???

    Coalition of Nawaz and Benazir with MMA is only a union to oust Musharraf in a hope that every one of them will become head of state but to a common sense it is a highly flawed theory.
    In case, if Musharraf disappear from scene, all political parties will be up against each other and at the end will request again to the Cheif of Army to takeover. Needless to mention which will be greeted with free sweets. :pop: :usflag:
     
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    Dear Friends,

    I don't agree with the so called expert Mr C. Pena. Pakistan has always demonstrated a good balance when it comes to world politics ( I am not including Kashmir as both pakistan and India say its a bilateral issue) whether it was under civil or military rule. Ok their Taliban recognition policy was askew but the world powers thrust it on them to make Afghanistan into Russia's Vietnam.

    I think this article is more to do with the frustration of not getting OBL and gang inspite of all the high tech weaponary deployed by the US in Afghanistan.

    Regards
     
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    No ones seem to mention about the BJP pronise to attack Pakistan with Nukes

    eh Adux !
     
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    BJP bugger's are a stupid lot if you ask me.
    India has a written no first use policy, while pakistan doesnt
     
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    seriously, how many people here actually believe in that article?
     
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    Ok this is straying off topic so no name calling and back to " Pakistan more dangerous than Iran?"
     
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    Q. Pakistan more dangerous than Iran?

    A. Neither Pakistan nor Iran are dangerous. The US picks the country which it likes, calls it dangerous and bombs the hell outta them.