Osama’s presence in Abbottabad turned US against Pakistan: author

Initially, Pakistan had effectively used terror proxies against India, but now it’s facing threat from them

aasha

Aasha Khosa | July 12, 2017 | New Delhi


#terrorism   #US   #India   #Pakistan   #Osama bin Laden   #nuclear   #army  


 The discovery that Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was living comfortably with his family in Pakistan while Americans were hunting for him all over the world, was the turning point in the Washington-Islamabad relations, said S Paul Kapur, author of ‘Jihad as Grand Strategy: Islamist Militancy, National Security, and the Pakistani State’.

This made the Americans realize the Pakistan’s duplicity of joining the global fight against terrorism and getting millions of dollars from the US while it was actually helping terrorists, he said. “A lot of people in America had to answer for a lot of things after this,” said Paul, professor, Department of National Security Affairs at the US Naval Postgraduate School.

 Answering queries of students, researchers and experts at the function organised by the think-tank Observer Research Foundation (ORF), Paul said in the coming days one would see a major shift in the US policy on Pakistan in the light of this development.

 Explaining Pakistan’s strategy on using terrorists as a proxy against India, Paul said Pakistan being a weaker state had formed a grand strategy against India – a stronger state – through nuclear weapons, its armed forces and the proxy terrorists. While nuclear option served as a deterrent; the forces found time to strengthen the national security as proxy terrorists were used as offensive tool against India at a minimal cost.

 The three together helped Pakistan achieve internal cohesion as well. Paul has also visited Pakistan to promote his book.

 He said Islamabad’s strategy had helped the unity of Pakistan, which otherwise was grown out of an idea of hate against Hindus. The terrorists hit the Indian resources and also managed to rake up the issue of Kashmir. However, it was now proving counterproductive for Pakistan for these non-state actors were turning against the state of Pakistan.

 The author explained Islamabad had used proxy terrorists since it was the cheapest way to hit the enemy and also remain largely unscathed.

 The book traces the history of Pakistan’s use of proxy militants against India since the tribal raid of October 1947and shows how Islamabad had emerged as a fountainhead of global terrorism in the period after the cold war era.

Comments

 

Other News

Understanding immunity: How to boost it during Covid-19

In a first, the Department of Home Science, Sri Padmavati Mahila Visvavidayalam (Women’s University) Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, recently organized an international webinar on “Nutrition and Immune System Support during COVID-19 Pandemic”. Speakers included eminent national and internationa

Covid-19: India’s recovery rate improves to 59.43%

Even as Unlock enters the second phase, the number of Covid-19 infections continues to rise to record levels and India remains No 4 in the worldwide list, yet there is glimmer of hope: its recovery rate is also rising in tandem. There are 1,27,864 recovered cases more than the active Covid-1

Coming soon at a station near you: private trains!

A long-debated idea is finally coming to fruition as the Indian railways has decided to join hands with the private sector, in running some train services to begin with. The ministry of railways has invited ‘request for qualifications’ (RFQ) for private participation for operatio

A place of local democracy in pandemic governance: The case of Mumbai

Democracy in India is now taken for a fact, with an unstated assumption that all our institutions are democratic and hence often our successes and more often failures are attributed to ‘democracy’. However, a key frontier where democracy remains a challenge is that of local governments and that

Why TikTok, other apps were banned: “Engaged in anti-India activities”

India, facing China’s aggressiveness at border, has banned 59 smartphone apps, including TikTok, as they were indulging in activities harmful to India’s sovereignty and integrity. The reason cited was: “in view of information available they are engaged in activities which [

Gaganyaan mission not affected by pandemic

The launch of India’s first human space mission, ‘Gaganyaan’, will not be affected by Covid-19 and preparations are going on in the right direction even amid the pandemic. This was disclosed by minister of state (independent charge) development of north eastern region (DoNE



Archives

Current Issue

Opinion

Facebook    Twitter    Google Plus    Linkedin    Subscribe Newsletter

Twitter