The OBL episode while on one hand has had a demoralizing effect on every Pakistani; it has also given an insight to the final stages of a big game planned not very long ago when we became a nuclear power. Nuclear weapon in the hands of a Muslim country was the last limit of tolerance by those who consider Pakistan is the only Muslim country of some substance and importance. It was from then on, a long chain of action has been in play that has finally made the cat come out of its sack with the news that recently published in the Express London this Sunday.
The report by Marco Giannangeli reads, “US troops will be deployed in Pakistan if the nation’s nuclear installations come under threat from terrorists out to avenge the killing of Osama Bin Laden, the Sunday Express can reveal.” The report further says, “A US source told the Sunday Express: “The plan is green lit and the President has already shown he is wiling to deploy troops in Pakistan if he feels it is important for national security.”
Now if you recollect, if you have read my post dated “Death of OBL – what next?” dated 3rd May 2011, I had expressed exactly the same concern of US inching towards taking control of our nuclear weapons by creating conditions conducive for such a move.
The death of OBL, which is still a big question mark has made two major gains for the USA. It has jacked up the failing popularity of BHO, just ahead of the US elections, and has degraded the Pakistan armed forces; specially the Pakistan Army and the much dreaded ISI in the West, in the eyes of the common man in the streets of Pakistan. It has given an impression to the Pakistanis that the armed forces and the ISI are incapable organizations that cannot be entrusted with the defence of the country, and specially the safeguarding of its nuclear arsenal which can land into the hands of the militants at any time. The impact of the OBL incident has been exactly as has been planned by the US.
And quite logically, the death of OBL is thus have to have some serious counter actions by the “militants” by expanding their terrorists acts in Pakistan, making the world to believe that Pakistan is fragmenting and there is a need to post international forces, ostensibly the US, to guard the Pakistani nuclear arsenal or even take these away to some safer place in Mexico or even in USA. The “militants’ did not take long to react by attacking the newly passed out recruits of the FC and killing more than 100 of them.
Ever wondered who these militants are, who are a threat to Pakistan since we stepped into this futile War of T(Error)? If these really are Muslims fighting the infidels, then why they don’t kill the infidels? Why for the last decade or so they have targeted poor Pakistanis, who are Muslims too instead of the foreigners fighting across the border? I may only conclude that these militants are none but part of a force specially trained, equipped and maintained covertly to create destabilization in Pakistan with the sinister designs of creating conducive environment for the end game – the control of Pakistan’s nukes.
This is my hunch, which is vindicated by the post in the Express on Sunday last. And only a couple of days ago an American national with car registered in Jacobabad, a city down south, was intercepted by police near a nuclear facility in Fatehjang in upper Punjab. Upon asking as to what he was doing in a sensitive area, the American national replied innocently that he had lost his way. Can you buy this reply in present days? We need to be very vigilant in reading between the lines and should not get carried away by the childish commentaries by our TV anchors or statements by some leading politicians of Pakistan, who at this sensitive juncture of our times are hell-bent to settle scores with the military rather than caring and safeguarding the interests of the country.
Time has come to really review our national strategy and redraw it in the obtaining environment. We may also have to consider realigning ourselves with regional players like China, Russia and Iran rather than finding friends across oceans who only come to us when their interests take them to us.
And mind you, the game doesn’t end here, the Baluchistan uprising has yet another dimension on which I will write soon.