Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Pak Best Friend Eyes Quetta Now

United States has now turned its focus to Quetta, claiming that it has now become a major Taliban base from where Mullah Omar and his commanders plan and launch cross-border strikes into Afghanistan.

On Tuesday, The Washington Post quoted US Ambassador to Pakistan Anne W. Patterson as saying that Quetta was high on Washington’s list of terrorist bases in the region.

‘In the past, we focussed on Al Qaeda because they were a threat to us. The Quetta Shura mattered less to us because we had no troops in the region,’ she said. ‘Now our troops are there on the other side of the border, and the Quetta Shura is high on Washington’s list.’

Gen Stanley A. McChrystal, the top US and Nato commander in Afghanistan, has also raised alarms about the Quetta Shura, describing it in his recent report to President Barack Obama as a major command centre for the widening wave of Taliban bombings and attacks.

Other US officials claim that virtually all of the Afghan Taliban’s strategic decisions are made by the Quetta Shura. Decisions flow from the group ‘to Taliban field commanders, who in turn make tactical decisions that support the Shura’s strategic direction,’ one such official told the US media.

Ambassador Patterson said Pakistani officials had ‘made it crystal clear that they have different priorities from ours,’ being far more concerned about Taliban attacks inside Pakistan than across the border. She noted that Pakistan had once trained religious fighters to operate against India and elsewhere and that the same groups had now turned against the state.

‘You cannot tolerate vipers in your bosom without getting bitten,’ Ambassador Patterson said. ‘Our concern is whether Pakistan really controls its territory. There are people who do not threaten Pakistan but who are extremely important to us.’

So after bombing nwfp with drones , USA is not eyeing quetta and thinking of using drones for it!!!

Pakistan would surely object to it but those objections are more about projecting to pakistan junta that pakistan in not colony of usa . But usa does what it wants to in pakistan and if it thinks quetta is new target for them , so it would be.

Lets see what pakistan best friend does now. They are doing good job as far as helping pakistan is concerned. Their focus of instutional developments in Pakistan is right way but if they go on bombing nwfp then quetta in chase of taliban , they would end up bombing entire pakistan except karachi. Karachi has its own set of goons and dont allow taliban and others to settle there!!!!!!!!!


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