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Pakistani border areas more dangerous than ever

The more things change, the more they remain the same. In the 1990’s, the Pakistani creation of the Taliban and promotion of terror by the ISI led to the border areas of Pakistan and Afghanistan becoming a hot area for the growth of terrorism and their training camps. Since then, so many things have happened – the WTC attacks, the U-turn by Pakistan in terms of moving away from supporting the Taliban, Musharraf’s promise to end support for terrorism, Pakistani army attacks against the terrorist infrastructure in the border areas, followed by a cease-fire in the border areas that allows the terrorists free run, the growth of these terror groups again and their attacks on the army and ISI, and then finally democracy coming back to Pakistan. All these have happened, and yet the only constant is that the border areas of Pakistan remain the hotbed of terrorism, where a lot of the global terror attacks can be traced to:

A US report says that terrorists are still operating freely along the Pakistani border with Afghanistan. It says that there is “no comprehensive plan” to deal with the threat, even though Pakistan has received $10.5bn in military and economic aid from the US.
It said that both the US and Pakistan agree that “al-Qaeda had regenerated its ability to attack the United States and had succeeded in establishing a safe haven in Pakistan’s militant hotbed of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata)”. The report argued that “a coherent plan” was necessary to make the US government more focused on meeting national security goals.


The report lays down the total failure of the US Government’s policies in trying to stamp down the terrorist breeding grounds in the Pakistani border regions. For many years, the US Government has molly-coddled Musharraf and the Pakistani army in the hope that they will take effective action, and the Pakistani leader led the US on a wild-goose chase. He took money, he got himself declared as the US main ally in the region (including preventing the US and NATO from taking action when terrorist from the Pakistani border regions attacked Afghan and NATO troops in Afghanistan). The ill results of this policy are now clear.
The terrorists now have a clear line and a good training area, and one can expect that this monumental failure by the US Government could have disastrous effects, something that they could have prevented had they taken a more realistic and harder line against the Pakistani General and focused on the core policy of cleaning the area of terrorists.

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