Pakistan accused of aiding extremism

Pakistan accused of aiding extremismRelations between recent allies — Pakistan and the United States — continue to deteriorate. Moreover, many analysts believe that the excessive "cold snap" between Islamabad and Washington occurred immediately after the liquidation of Bin Laden’s American special forces in Pakistani territory. The devil-may-care attitude of the American troops towards Pakistan’s sovereignty hurt the power of this South Asian state, and now Islamabad considers it its duty to regain its “desecrated dignity”.

The Pakistani commission to investigate the case of the destruction of “terrorist number XXUMX,” as Al-Qaida’s leader Bin Laden was called, concluded that a certain Shaquille Afridi played a significant role in the American operation in the city of Abbottabad. Afridi is a Pakistani citizen, a doctor by profession, and has recently been involved in vaccination under the vigilant control of the CIA. It was Shaquel Afridi who “found” Bin Laden, as the Pakistani authorities say. And if it really was he who led the American troops without the knowledge of the Pakistani authorities to Abbottabad, then Dr. Afridi faces nothing but the death penalty. These are Pakistani laws that severely punish state traitors.

Having learned that Islamabad wants to execute Afridi, Barack Obama literally demanded that the Pakistani authorities release the doctor. However, Pakistan's President Zardari does not want to hear anything about releasing Afridi to freedom. Such irreconcilable positions of the parties brought the relations of the United States and Pakistan into a real political dead end. In this case, it can be stated that neither the Americans nor the Pakistanis are willing to lose their own face before the world community and are ready to go to the end.

From the point of view of a bystander, we can say that the Americans clearly overestimated the level of confidence in themselves from the Pakistani authorities. The situation is further complicated by the fact that immediately after the operation to eliminate Osama Bin Laden, the US side stated that the United States special forces had to act without the consent of the Pakistani leadership, as the operation could be broken. In fact, this is a direct accusation of President Asif Zardari and the special services of Pakistan, not only in insolvency, but also in possible complicity with the terrorists.
Over the past few days, real accusations of direct collaboration with extremist groups have rained down against the Pakistani leadership. In particular, Barack Obama in his speech stated that, in his opinion, Islamabad, realizing that the American troops would soon leave Afghanistan, was beginning to build bridges of cooperation with terrorists from the Taliban and the Haqqani group.

Last week, the current head of Afghanistan, Karzai, added fuel to the fire, saying that he was assassinated by terrorists from “Haqqani”, which is based in Pakistan and is part of one of the branches of Al-Qaeda. Kabul, not embarrassed by expressions, officially accused the Pakistani authorities of openly condoning the extremists who are conducting their “subversive” activities in Afghanistan. An attempt on the head of Afghanistan could remain virtually unnoticed by the world community if it were not for those who prepared it. Everyone is used to the fact that half-starved illiterate adolescents of Waziristan, a mountainous region in Pakistan, are engaged in terrorist activities in Afghanistan. But in this case, Hamid Karzai became a target for the following conspirators: Karzai’s personal bodyguard, students of the Kabul Medical University, and a professor at the same university. For Afghanistan, the situation is completely new.

A spokesman for the security department of Afghanistan noted that educated people among terrorists are already a new threat that not everyone understands yet how to fight. Meanwhile, information about the assassination attempt on Karzai surfaced not just anywhere, but in Delhi. As you know, India is one of the main irreconcilable opponents of Pakistan in this region. At the same time, the Afghan authorities decided precisely in India to tell not only about the attempt on their president, but also that "some foreign organization" sponsored an anti-presidential plot. You can guess what kind of foreign country in question ...

It turns out that the Afghan authorities, realizing that leaving the Americans may put an end to the existence of these authorities themselves, are looking for help. If not Americans, so Indians. Americans, with great prejudice, are looking at Pakistan, threatening with indispensable sanctions. And Pakistan itself seems to have decided to take the toughest position on cooperation with the current Afghan authorities, and in terms of developing relations with the United States.
Alexey Volodin
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