The Evolving Environment
Pakistan’s Army Chief spelt out the reality in a talk to the foreign media. He stated that ‘a stable and secure Afghanistan was the real strategic depth for Pakistan’. This kills the oft repeated suspicions about Pakistan’s sinister designs in Afghanistan.
Pakistan also offered to train the Afghan National Security Forces and realistically assessed the time frame for this at four years. It is up to Afghanistan to take up this offer but Pakistan’s good will towards Afghanistan is on the table. The Army Chief also confirmed the fact that Pakistan was fighting its own war and no one else’s—another frequently distorted fact. The unstated implications are clear---Pakistan is supportive of an intra Afghan dialogue and will do all it can to help and that Pakistan has its own strategy for dealing with the Taleban within its borders and that this strategy ‘needs to be understood by others’ because this will lead to cooperation and coordination.
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