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  2. ExxonMobil – Close to hitting huge oil reserves in Pakistan, bigger than Kuwait’s
  3. NAYA PAKISTAN?
  4. Making ADR work for Women
  5. Women’s Rights under Family Law
  6. Shutting the Door on Refugees
  7. Water Challenges and Opportunities
  8. In Conversation with Dr. Ghulam Rasul on Hydrology
  9. In Conversation with Shafqat kakakhel: Internal Water Management Practices
  10. Come on Skipper !
  11. GUMM
  12. Annus Horibilis
  13. The Inhumanity of Pakistan’s Coal Industry
  14. Iran Nuclear Deal The U.S Withdrawal
  15. Method in the Madness
  16. Legal System Reforms
  17. Power Over Impulse
  18. Refugees and Migrants are People too
  19. PTCL – A Nonstop Journey Towards Excellence
  20. Gulgee – The Last of The Greats
  21. Patrik Hoffmann – Sonraj
  22. Pakistan’s Primordial Hindu Heritage
  23. Pakistan’s Migrant Tragedy
  24. PTCL – Fastest Growing Brand in Pakistan
  25. Keep Pakistan’s Wagon Hitched To The China Star
  26. Anique’s Chocolate Cake
  27. Selfless & Fearless – Lahore Qalandars
  28. NEWS PICKS
  29. Intellectual Property and Tourism
  30. Fitness with the Mughal
  31. REBEL WITH A CAUSE
  32. The Big Fat Lie – Cholesterol (Part-1)
  33. Mummy’s Recipes Roast Chicken & Veg
  34. ENGAGING HEADS HEARTS AND HANDS
  35. The Big Fat Lie – Cholesterol (Part-2)
  36. Q & A with Star of Parchi
  37. Addressing Sexual Abuse
  38. Q & A with EMAN ZAEEM & MEHR SAAD
  39. Pakistan’s Lost Children
  40. ENGLAND AND THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION
  41. STICK WITH FRIENDS AND DITCH THE ENEMIES
  42. The Phenomenon that Stephen Hawking was!
  43. In Conversation with ANUSHAY ZEESHAN
  44. Q & A with owner of District 6 – Anum Rafat
  45. Ali Rehman Khan – Naturally A Star
  46. MUNIBA`S Call for Tolerance & Justice
  47. Q&A Muniba Mazari
  48. Health Quotient (Dental health)
  49. Money for nothing, bits for free
  50. FinTech
  51. TRADING THREATS OF WAR
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  53. Child Sexual Abuse
  54. Education is the only Solution
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  56. BLUE CHIP TALKS TO THE CREATOR OF TEETOO AND TANIA
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  63. PERCEPTIONS ARE ALSO REALITY
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  65. Five major political events of 2017
  66. WHAT DOES TRUMP’S TWEET MEAN FOR CPEC AND THE REGION
  67. THE GLOBAL ECONOMY IN 2017
  68. AFGHANISTAN GOING DOWNHILL
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Commission for Refugees, there are over 1.3 million registered Afghan refugees in Pakistan — and at least another million who are not on the books.  Many thousands of Afghans who were born in Pakistan have never seen their own country. And there is little wonder that these people want to stay in Pakistan.  They don’t want to go to a state that is corrupt, violent and unsafe to the point that their lives would be at risk the moment they crossed the border.

On 1 December 2017, there was another terrorist attack in Pakistan, yet again in Peshawar, and thirteen people were murdered by a combination of gunfire and suicide bombing. Security forces were speedily on the scene to deal with the criminal thugs who slaughtered innocent people, but there is no defense against savages who kill for the sake of killing.

Which brings us to a declaration by the US Secretary of Defence, retired General James Mattis, who visited Pakistan three days after the Peshawar atrocity. Following his stopover, the Pentagon’s official statement was that: “The secretary reiterated that Pakistan must redouble its efforts to confront militants and terrorists operating within the country,” which in the circumstances was not the most tactful attitude to publicize.

 

Mattis ignores the fact that terrorist activity in Pakistan began following the US invasion of Afghanistan.  (The only suicide bombing before that time was in 1995 when two bomb-filled vehicles were exploded at the Egyptian embassy in Islamabad).  As the Israeli newspaper  Haaretz reports, “Since 2001, Pakistan has been gripped by an internal war with the Taliban and other radical groups that has killed tens of thousands of civilians and security personnel.”

 

For so long as Afghanistan suffers a combination of civil war, resistance by militants (not necessarily terrorists) to foreign interference, corruption, intrigues of criminal warlords, and the excesses of barbaric terrorist groups, then Pakistan will continue to be a victim of spun-off terrorism.

 

As Afghanistan slides ever further downward into a cesspit of corruption and savagery, there appear to be hopes in Washington that another “surge” in US troop numbers and an increase in already numerous airstrikes will achieve the military victory promised by Donald Trump, who declared in August 2017 that “We will always win. . .  Our troops will fight to win. We will fight to win. From now on, victory will have a clear definition.”  But it is very difficult to see how, after sixteen years of war, the United States can prevail in this appalling conflict.

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In 2012, US Army Lieutenant Colonel David Davis wrote the following about US’ presence in Afghanistan:

 

“The United States, along with over 40 NATO and other allied nations, possesses the most sophisticated, powerful, and technologically advanced military force that has ever hit the field of combat. We have the finest and most well trained soldiers that exist anywhere; we have armoured vehicles of every type, to include MIA2 Main Battle Tanks, artillery, mortars, advanced rockets, precision guided missiles, and hand-held rocket launchers; we have a wholly uncontested air force composed of NATO’s most advanced ground attack fighter jets, bombers, spy planes, signals-interception aircraft, B-1 bombers, attack helicopters, and massive transport jets to ferry our troops and critical supplies where they are needed; we have thousands of unmanned aerial drones both for intelligence collection and missile-launching; we have a helicopter fleet for personnel transport and attack support; we have an enormous constellation of spy satellites; logistics that are as limitless as the combined weight of the industrial world; we have every technological device known to the profession of arms; we are able to intercept virtually every form of insurgent communication to include cell phones, walkie-talkies, satellite phones, email, and even some ability to eavesdrop on otherwise private conversations; a remarkably capable cohort of intelligence analysts that are as educated, well trained and equipped to a degree that used to exist only in science fiction;  and our various nations have the economic wherewithal to spend tens of billions of dollars each month to fund it all    —    and for almost 10 years we have pitted this unbelievable and unprecedented capability against a bunch of dudes in bed sheets and flip-flops.”

 

The whole might of the US-NATO military alliance failed to overcome the Taliban with their old AK 47 rifles and the bombs that they continue to explode, often suicidal, on roadsides, among hapless crowds of totally innocent civilians, against military convoys — indeed against anything or anyone they can target in order to create fear, mayhem and realization that the foreigners and the corrupt and incompetent government in Kabul cannot do anything to stop them.

 

The new US campaign of bombing drug production facilities and intensifying special forces and drone assassination operations in Afghanistan will not succeed.  It will result in the deaths of many insurgents, but of even more civilians, no matter what may be claimed about precision bombing. Further effects of such actions will only increase alienation of the population and growth in recruitment to terrorist bands and warlords’ armies.

“The sensible course of action for the erratic Trump would be to act on his policy of 2013 when he declared that “We have wasted an enormous amount of blood and treasure in Afghanistan. Their government has zero appreciation. Let’s get out!”  The US should leave Afghanistan and let Afghans go their own way.”

 

By: Brain Cloughley

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