By Farman Nawaz (Unpublished article)
Instead of discussing the contents of the report of London School of Economics, I will emphasis on some other angles of the same issue. First of all let me raise some questions.
- Why we should believe that CIA has no links with Taliban?
- If Pakistan is supporting Afghani Taliban so then who is supporting Pakistani Taliban?
- If India is supporting Pakistani Taliban and Pakistan is supporting Afghani Taliban against one other so then who is fighting against US and NATO? And who are their supporters?
- Why is this report silent about the objectives of Taliban, Pakistan, India and America in this region?
- Why this report concentrates only on Pakistan’s supported Taliban?
The triangle of Taliban, Pakistan and America is a knot, whose split ends are difficult to locate. We all know that how Pakistan and America launched Taliban movement in Afghanistan. But now the question is that whether Taliban has completed the task that was handed over to them or still it is incomplete? Or each corner of the triangle has changed its stance? This triangle becomes a challenging riddle when in this changed scenario we try to determine and agree on the objectives of Pakistan, Taliban, and America. According to one of the confusing concepts, Taliban are American agents and they want to destabilize Pakistan. But this concept is declared controversial in the sense that why Taliban attacks American forces and why America is firm in destroying Taliban?
Some analysts think that the above concept does not create a scenario that can satisfy moderate journalists and analysts on international level. Because those journalists and analysts can raise the questions that if America is involved in destabilizing Pakistan so why she is giving aids and loans to Pakistan? What are the reasons of Drone attacks on Taliban? Moreover, why the entire world supports the war on terror?
It is a fact that these concepts are confusing but let’s see this hypothesis from another angle. Last year America raised the issue of leakage of information to Taliban from Pakistan intelligence agencies that leads to unsuccessful Drone attacks. She propagated the concept of strong relationship between Pakistani intelligence agencies and Taliban. But again the question is that why America over and again trust Pakistani Agencies? Why they give aid to Pakistan army? And if Pakistan has links with Taliban so who is involved in terrorist attacks inside Pakistan? Pakistani agencies may involve in providing information to Taliban in Pakistani preemies but how Taliban escapes from American forces inside Afghanistan?
We feel no difficulty to believe that ISI may have still relations with Taliban but how it is possible that CIA which nourished Al-Qaida and Taliban and used them for their selfish interests, have no links with them now? When Pakistani Judiciary and agencies release Taliban so these analysts raise very serious repercussion of that but what about CIA, which released several terrorists and now those released Taliban are leaders of Taliban Movement. If even after American objections on Pakistan’s dual policy, America have relations with Pakistan and the world is not raising objections about American techniques so we must not shy to disclose the links of western agencies with Taliban.
Few months back Iranian Pasdaran-e-Inqalab was targeted and Iran pointed its figures towards various agencies including Pakistan. Now those analysts who have made their minds that Taliban are American puppets, for them it was a very easy topic to discuss and but those who oppose the theory were puzzled to analyze. And in the last they became part of the band wagon and started to find out links between Jundallah and America. Now the question is how they will justify their previous analysis. Because they had denied any linkage between Taliban and America but now what they would say about triangle of Jundallah, Taliban and America? Is it a concept that can now convince moderate international journalists?
One concept states that Pakistan is American slave and Pakistan has fought Afghan war just for American cause. Now if really Pakistan is supporting Afghani Taliban, which is also a target of US, so what does this mean? Simply a slave turned against the master. But what could be the reasons of this rebellion?
To find the solution of this riddle we must concentrate on the results of events. Taliban activities are harmful for Pakistan or America? The answer is Pakistan. Any successful event of terror strengthens the American ideology of terrorism namely terrorists are threat to international peace. The end of terrorism means the end of justification of American presence in Afghanistan. There are two possibilities of American stay in Afghanistan. One is presence of terrorists in Afghanistan and the other is American willingness to share the booty of Afghan war with the allies. America is trying hard to play with both these options and keeping a balance. Afghan war is kind of torn shirt having dozens of holes. If we will put patches of different colors it will not help to put back together the shirt. We will have to connect one event with another with the great force of logic. Analysis of individual events will not help to paint this picture. If we will base our logic on the concept that Taliban are paid killers, America is eager to stay in Afghanistan and Pakistan once the centre of main conspiracy, is now a trapped nationalist, so it can create an outline of the picture. Intensive research on the concept will enrich the colors of the picture. But we should not reject other prevailing hypothesis because hypothesis is the backbone of scientific research. But again our research must not be based on biased approach and secondly international scenario should not have an effect on our research methodology.
The report of London School of Economics comes to front on a time when America and NATO have shown green signals for reconciliation with Taliban in Afghanistan and soon some names of Taliban will be given official pardon. And more important even of the month is the active participation of Pakistan in SCO – an organization which can become a stumbling stone for US.