Jalaluddin Haqqani (l)

Pakistan aims to oust American influence from Afghanistan for its own strategic ends

Vindicating the Slog’s piece of June 13th about Pakistan’s unreliability as an ally, news has broken overnight that Pakistan is presenting itself as the new viable partner for Afghanistan to President Karzai, who has gone off the Americans – and their annoying habit of complaining about his bent elections.

The Slog can now confirm that Pakistani security officials and senior diplomats have been engaged in intense discussions with Karzai, the not entirely trustworthy Afghan leader, whose perfidy will be compounded with that of the Pakistani Government, which wants a foothold in his country via their very own Taliban-allied Haqqani Network.

Named after its leader Jalaluddin Haqqani, the Haqqani Network is a group within the insurgency in Afghanistan that is based in Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA)….where Osama Bin Laden is thought to be hiding.

Senior US sources confirmed that Pakistan aims to capitalise on the USA’s military muddle in Afghanistan, in order to achieve a deal with Afghanistan offering Pakistan important influence there. From the Pakistani viewpoint, Karzai’s anarchic country is of vital strategic importance –
which is why it has played for all sides in the conflict.

The desire of Muslim Pakistan to get one over its largely Hindu enemy India has always been – and will always be – the priority. The Slog has argued this for nearly two years now. We argued that Afghanistan should be a line in the sand against Islamism – but only if the Allies were prepared to pull out all the stops. To that we would now add a further rider: don’t trust a Muslim ally not to emerge as an Islamist fellow-traveller.

In the light of regional duplicity on a grand scale – and constant media chatter about withdrawal of troops – surely everyone in the UK should now ask: why are British soldiers dying there?