Obama Counterinsurgency Plan ‘Will Not Work’
10 Apr 09 | PTV
A top Pakistani official suggests that Washington’s new plan to fight the Taliban will not weaken the insurgents in the country’s troubled northwest.
Pakistan’s Ambassador to the US Husain Haqqani said President Barack Obama’s anti-terror efforts would not prove enough to break the back of al-Qaeda and the Taliban, AFP reported Friday.
“Why does Afghanistan or Pakistan get fewer resources allocated to solving a bigger problem (extremism) … than say for example some failed insurance company or some car company whose real achievement is that they couldn’t make cars that they could sell?” Haqqani said.
Meanwhile, Afghan Ambassador Said Jawad, speaking alongside Haqqani at a forum organized by Washington’s Atlantic Council think-tank, called on the United States and its western allies to provide more cash and military tools to defeat terrorism on the battlefield.
“Right now you are paying with your blood and treasure in Afghanistan by sending your sons to fight for us,” Jawad said, adding that “The most sustainable way is to create this capacity in us.”
The tribal regions along the shared border between Pakistan and Afghanistan have become a safe haven for militants after a US-led invasion in late 2001 toppled the Taliban in Afghanistan and sent the insurgents across the border.
Obama last month promised to dispatch 4,000 more troops, in addition to an extra 17,000 already committed. He further said that there would also be non-military deployments to help train and instruct Afghans.
This is while tensions between Washington and Islamabad have been growing over American missile strikes against suspected militants on Pakistani soil.
Pakistan has repeatedly condemned the strikes, saying that they threaten the country’s sovereignty and fuel public anger.