Friday, April 30, 2010

Finally Pakistan did it - Moving 1 Lakh troops from eastern border(with India) to western border

Philip Bobbit in ‘The Shield of Achilles’ says that “War is not a pathology that, with proper hygiene and treatment, can be wholly prevented. War is a natural condition of the State, which was organized in order to be an effective instrument of violence on behalf of society. Wars are like deaths, which, while they can be postponed, will come when they will come and cannot be finally avoided.”

Until now Pakistan is keeping major part of forces in her eastern border with India – anticipating an imaginary attack – while FATA and NWFP and other parts are bleeding, regularly hit by suicide attacks and where the writ of the state is not valid beyond the provincial capitals.

US were urging Pakistan to move her troops from east border to fight Taliban & Co in the western border. A suggestion which will not be welcomed by Pakistan at any time, after all they are locked in an imaginary war with India - the single most thing which shot up Pakistani army’s prominence in the country and the only justification for such a huge army.

Anyway finally under US pressure and due to the worst conditions in the western border (if it can be called as a border) Pakistan moved 1 lakh (.1 million) troops from eastern border to her western border to fight with Taliban & Co. Now what we have to see is how Al–Quaida, Tehreek-e-Taliban, Quetta Shura Taliban, Gulbuddin group, Haqqani Network etc will welcome this new development.

Look at the recent statement from Michele Flournoy, the Under Secretary for Policy in the Department of Defense "Although extremist attacks have led to the repositioning of substantial Pakistani forces, Pakistan's strategic concerns about India remain preeminent," He added that "We must continue to reassure Pakistan that as it combats the terrorist threat, it is not exposing itself to increased risk along its eastern border," he told a Congressional hearing.

Who is exposed here to the increased risk in eastern border? If Pakistan is not supporting and help India centric terrorist groups there will not be any problems in the eastern border. Its good to remember that even in the peak point of ‘Kargil’ war, India didn’t crossed the international borders.

The troop movement from Eastern border to western border will be considered as a welcome gesture by Indian administration but little it will do if Pakistan didn’t stopped supporting India centric terror groups and proxy war.


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