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Subject: Pakistan forces are well-trained to fight India and have little interest to fight Taliban
The Ottawa Citizen
Pakistani forces are well-trained to fight India and have little interest to fight Taliban
Re News: "U.S. must train Pakistani forces to fight Taliban: Senlis Council," and front page: "Canadians blamed for blast that killed dozens at market," (Feb. 19).
Pakistani forces are well-trained to fight a much larger Indian army and need no further training to fight puny Taliban. In fact, Pakistan has a vested interest in keeping Taliban alive as a threat, because as long as Taliban remains a threat, U.S. military assistance will continue to flow. Pakistan knows from experience how the United States stopped providing assistance to the Afghan Mujahedeens once they forced the Soviet troops to withdraw. With the Soviet Union ceased to exist as a threat, the United states had little reason to be interested in Afghanistan.
Similarly, Pakistan knows that if the Taliban/Al Qaeda are eliminated by Pakistani forces, the United States will have little reason to provide military assistance to Pakistan in its confrontation with India which is now considered as America's new strategic partner to contain emerging China.
In fact, the Taliban has become a "golden goose" for Pakistani forces and as long as they put up a token fight agianst Taliban, U.S. military aid will continue to flow. To eliminate it completely will be like killing the golden goose for short-term benefits. As such, Pakistani forces will make a symbolic show of force against the Taliban without dismantling it completely. For the same reason, they will never allow U.S. forces to operate inside Pakistan. Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, whose party has won in the recent election, has also criticized Musharraf for allowing too much leverage to the United States in the name of fighting terrorism.
Instead of training Pakistani forces, Senlis Council should concentrate on training the Afghan forces to carry on the war against the Taliban on their own. By taking up the combat role, the Canadian and NATO forces are actually replicating the failed Soviet mission. When the Soviet forces invaded Afghanistan to stop the fanatical Mujahedeens from overthrowing the pro-Moscow regime, they didn't train and equip the Afghan army and took up the fighting themselves. As a result, they couldn't defeat the insurgents who enjoyed safe haven in neighbouring Pakistan as they enjoy today. Now as then, Canada and NATO may be sacrificing their troops for a bleak outcome. To avert a castastrophe, Canada and NATO forces should make training and equipping the Afghan forces their top priority. Unlike the Pakistani forces who lack motivation, the Afghan forces know what will be their fate if the Taliban returns to power.
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