Centcom adviser warns Pakistan in danger; says Pak security services a rogue state within a state Via The News
Well we all know this but who will tell this to President Obama? Who is much interested in giving more Aid to Pakistan without ensuring its stability in Pakistan?
WASHINGTON: The Pakistani state could collapse within six months if immediate steps are not taken to remedy the situation, warned a top adviser to the US Central Command.
David Kilcullen, who advises CENTCOM commander Gen. David H. Petraeus on the war on terror, urged US policymakers to focus their attention on Pakistan as a failure there could have devastating consequences for the entire international community.
In an interview with The Washington Post (Sunday Edition), Kilcullen, who is credited with the success of the US troop surge strategy in Iraq, warned that if Pakistan went out of control, it would ‘dwarf’ all the crises in the world today. “Pakistan hands down. No doubt,” he said when asked to name the central front in the war against terror.
Asked to explain why he thought Pakistan was so important, Kilcullen said: “Pakistan has 173 million people, 100 nuclear weapons, an army bigger than the US Army, and al-Qaeda headquarters sitting right there in the two-thirds of the country that the government doesnít control.”
He claimed that the Pakistani military and police and intelligence service did not follow the civilian government; they were essentially a rogue state within a state. “Were now reaching the point where within one to six months we could see the collapse of the Pakistani state, also because of the global financial crisis, which just exacerbates all these problems,” he said. “The collapse of Pakistan, al-Qaeda acquiring nuclear weapons, an extremist takeover — that would dwarf everything we’ve seen in the war on terror today.”
Kilcullen, an Australian anthropologist who advises governments on Muslim militancy throughout the West, disagreed with the suggestion that it was important to kill or capture Osama bin laden. He discussed two possible scenarios for catching the al-Qaeda leader. Scenario one is, American commandos shoot their way into some valley in Pakistan and kill bin Laden. This, Kilcullen said, would not end the war on terror and would make bin Laden a martyr.
Ekawaaz Thought: Aid can help the people of country where government are in firm control of country, but if governments are not able to control the country then this Aid could be proved to be drastic step. Pakistan needs stability first and rest of the things will come automatically. To ensure stability in Pakistan USA needs to put pressure on Pakistan government to clear our terrorist mess and terrorist’s network within Pakistan. If Pakistan is not able to do it alone then USA should ask for joint exercise for this and start clearing out the very core issue of instability in Pakistan. Terrorism and Pakistani terrorist are eating Pakistan soul and establishment every second, if USA fails to handle this situation and just want to runaway by giving Aids, then for sure Pakistan will collapse very soon, and as soon a Pakistan collapse the danger to this world will increase by 100 folds.