Geopolitics

Extension to Gen Kayani: Dangerous Portends
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Issue Net Edition | Date : 02 Aug , 2010

His tenure extension in fact, will provide further impetus to the phenomenon of terrorism in the name of Islam.

No wonder, over the years the distinction between regular troops and jihadis blurred, making Pakistan the epicenter of global terrorism. That the US and NATO forces are being targeted by the same jihadis with the indulgence of Pakistan’s ISI is a fact which was too well known to have been accentuated or altered by a Wikipedia leak. The US leverages in Pakistan are palpably becoming feeble, and Kayani, the man who once headed the ISI, and now controls it as Army Chief, is becoming the arbiter of Afghanistan and the global war against terrorism.

Kayani, therefore, is part of the problem and as long as he calls the shots, a US effected Afghan solution is not possible. His tenure extension in fact, will provide further impetus to the phenomenon of terrorism in the name of Islam. There is nobody better adapt and equipped than Kayani in the selective use and calibration of Islamic terrorism.

Even with increasing frequency and intensity of terrorist attacks within Pakistan, the Pakistani people do not realize that this script of military-intelligence establishment has gone awry, and the US does not realize that its policies towards Pakistan is giving fillip to the same forces which it had vowed to eliminate and poured men and material in the region.

The US does not realize that its Pakistan policy is creating conditions and an environment for 9/11 to reinvent itself in much more pernicious form in its sweep and stake. India will continue to be impacted by this Pakistan brand of terrorism. It has learnt to live and cope with it, but the US and the NATO countries by surrendering their role in rolling back Islamic terrorism from its epicenter, would make their respective homelands, assets and interests abroad extremely vulnerable.

The jihadis, and their sponsor Pakistan, are just waiting to announce victory over another superpower.

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RSN Singh

is a former military intelligence officer who later served in the Research and Analysis Wing, or R&AW and author of books Asian Strategic and Military Perspective, The Military Factor in Pakistan and The Unmaking of Nepal. His latest books are Know the Anti-Nationals (English) and Know the एंटी-नेशनल्स (Hindi).

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