Pakistan suffered approximately $70 billion economic losses to its economy, deployed more than 147,800 troops conducting combat operations in the tribal areas along the Afghan border. The Pakistani armed forces have lost more than 3,500 soldiers, with another 6,400 injured.
By Dr Shahid Qureshi
Afghanistan will always be a neighbour of Pakistan whether someone likes it or not. A good neighbour always keeps in mind that in the time of crisis his neighbour will be the first to hear the cry for help. British have been good in understanding time and moments to leave the countries they occupied. Brits left many countries with proper handover and good friends in place for future and that is very reason they have friendly relationships with all the countries they occupied for hundreds of years one by one.
Britain is the 2nd largest investor in Pakistan and trade can further improve by assisting Pakistan in maintaining peace and order from terrorism exported into Pakistan in various forms. Religious extremists with sectarian ideologies are not the only terrorists operating in various cities of Pakistan.
Keeping in view the recent judgement of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, armed mafia style wings of ‘target killers’ of various political parties have harmed the economy of Pakistan more than three wars with India and recent war on terror by keep following sinister policy of ‘Karachi Bleeding’ a port city and economic hub of Pakistan. What enemies of Pakistan couldn’t do since 1947 these mafias have done in short time. For example what Indian Air Force couldn’t do to Pakistan’s Rail Network in three Wars, they have done for them without them dropping a single bomb. Well if Pakistanis don’t look after their own interests no one else is going to do for them?
More than 2.5 million Afghan refugees are living in Pakistan since 1979, and they must go back. They are becoming a threat to national security, sovereignty and burden on the economy of Pakistan. Pakistan should assist all the stake holders to bring peace and provide them safe exit from Afghanistan and these friends should help Pakistan maintaining peace in Karachi and other cities. The future of Pakistan depends on a peaceful Karachi at all costs.
Pakistanis are getting the beatings and the blame at the same time from all sides? Is it because they are trying to please everyone and no one is happy? Blaming and back biting of each other must stop as it is not going to help anyone especially the long distance visitors in Afghanistan. Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahatir Mohammad gave me a wise advice, “when you visit friend, do not stay too long and when need money, borrow from a friend and not from a banker”.
“When are you taking back over 2.5 million Afghan refugees”, Mr. President, I asked Hamid Karzai while he was addressing a press conference with the British Prime Minister Gordon Brown at No: 10 Downing Street in 2007. He almost had tears in his eyes and said to me, “we are grateful to our Pakistani brothers for their hospitality”.
A poor country like Pakistan is hosting these Afghan refugees because the US and its allies launched a holy war ‘jihad’ against the Soviets in 1979. In 2001 private defense and security contractors needed a war so they renamed this as ‘war on terror’ and launched another attack against the Afghans i.e. Taliban and dodgy organization called Al-Qaeeda. This is now rebranded ‘unholy war’ which has created more than 2 million internally displaced people (IDPs) inside Pakistan since 2001.
Pakistan suffered approximately $70 billion economic losses to its economy, deployed more than 147,800 troops conducting combat operations in the tribal areas along the Afghan border. The Pakistani armed forces have lost more than 3,500 soldiers, with another 6,400 injured. They sustain an average of 10 casualties each day, and approximately 36,000 Pakistani civilians killed by suicide bombers and terrorism.
The drone attacks have created more anti US sentiments and feelings of revenge among the victims. These feelings of revenge will stay on following tribal traditions and culture. The victims know that these occupiers will leave eventually leaving behind their informers and collaborators. The traitors should wait for the knock at their doors where ever they are. As someone said, ‘traitors are not fired because they are burnt.’