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Afghanistan, not India, will be Imran Khan's priority until 2019



Even before elections were held in Pakistan, the media that articulated the Western establishment standpoint, such as the Economist, had already declared a "flawed election"; it even shouted "foul play" that had been manipulated by the "Khaki umpire" (read the army).

If you're into a mixed metaphor, the "khaki referee" plays the monkey between two cats – the US and China. With Donald Trump and his Deep State seemingly embroiled in a fierce battle to the bitter end, the balance of benefits with China must be seen. But the Chinese themselves remain on the Sino-Pakistan economic corridor.

Imran Khan has expressed reservations about transparency. On the other hand, there were reports that thousands of Pakistani students who had gone west in the past had entered Chinese schools of learning. Who knows, maybe this is the thin end of the wedge.

If the Chinese can decolonize the Pakistani mind to that extent, it must be time for the West to acknowledge this. But a sketch that parts of the army and Imran Khan are naturally anti-

West can be oversubscribed. Yes, Pakistan has other choices than the US, which includes Russia, but that does not mean that the army it has fed since its inception bites into the hand.

These are complex times and a permanent phenomenon like the "West" manifests itself in many forms. After all retired Pakistani army personnel, like retirees elsewhere, they keep a steady look at the benefits after retirement. A huge opportunity is luring Pakistan's retired army officers to Saudi Arabia.

The new prime minister will be pragmatic. He will not try to impose a moral code on his forces. But he will draw some very solid red lines and these red lines will move from Pakhtunkhwa to Afghanistan, the scene of his political baptism and purgatory. There he can not be seen as a flashy business. His political terrain will turn to ashes if he does.

He should not be seen in the traditional Pathan-Punjabi balance. The brunt of the Afghan war's setback was carried by the Pathan region, but it was a national disaster. Let me explain.

Washington twisted Pervez Musharraf's arm to face the mujahedeen in Afghanistan who had trained Riyadh, Washington, and Islamabad to fight the Soviets in Afghanistan. The setback of the Afghanistan war embarrassed Pakistan. The fiasco of Lal Masjid in Islamabad aggravated an uncontrollable situation. The reverberation of this setback is not over yet. Remember, the public outcry was against Musharraf, who is fighting the "war of America" ​​against terrorism. It became all the more shrill when the brothers Lal Masjid, Ghazi Rashid and Maulana Aziz led the choir.

Let me move on to the recent American debacle in Syria and its potential impact on the Af-Pak region. When almost all mercenary Islamists were caught with their pants, the existential question arose: what to do with trained terrorists?

When animal lovers in Britain ended the traditional fox hunt, the impulse also reached India's southern mountain station of Ootacamund. The same question arose: what to do with hundreds of breeding dogs? Good sense dawned and the canines were kept in a luxury kennel and then distributed among dog lovers. But what do the trainers do with terrorists trained and tested in action, who not only blew blood, but started loving it? Trained terrorists can only have one use: As a credit to any Muslim society, the "coach" wants to destabilize Afghanistan, Xinxiang, the Caucasus and so on.

I can name at least two US Presidents to prove my point. In an interview with Thomas Friedman in August 201

4, President Barack Obama gave a surprising reception. Asked why he had ordered no air strikes against the Islamic State, Obama said, getting up, "That would have put pressure on Nouri al Maliki, the stubborn anti-American, Shiite prime minister." In other words, ISIS's move from Mosul to Baghdad was relieved to drive Nouri al Maliki out, a result that the US was eagerly awaiting. Maliki had to be punished for the allegation that they had not signed the "Status of Forces Agreement" with the US. Finally, Maliki was shown the door.

Candidate Donald Trump, after intelligence briefings to CNN's Jake Tapper, said, "Where do you think billions of dollars in arms and cash have been lost as part of our engagement in Syria – extremists, of course, I believe." He did not move from this position.

What should be worrying is Imran Khan's next step: the transfer of trained terrorists from Syria to northern Afghanistan. Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatullah Ali Khamenei, said in a Friday Congregation in Tehran on January 30, "The US transfer of IS terrorists to Afghanistan aims to justify their (US) continued presence in the region. " Recently, Deputy Foreign Minister Morgulov Igor Vladimirovich, a high-level assembly in the Raisina dialogue in New Delhi, said: "IS fighters were flown to northern Afghanistan." The Afghan airspace is controlled by the US and the government in Kabul. "So who is responsible?" Vladimirovich asked.

Islamabad, Beijing, Moscow are all convinced that the Taliban must be part of the solution in Afghanistan. Americans have marked the time with the good Taliban, bad Taliban mantra because they obviously have no politics.

The moment is full of irony for President Ashraf Ghani in Kabul. The appearance of a Pathan in Islamabad should have comforted him. Instead, he has kittens: The Pathan on the other hand has an agenda that completely contradicts Ghanis. Imran's agenda would increase its popularity in the country where Ghani unfortunately has none. The moral is simple: no buddy to a foreign power has ever been respected at home.


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