WASHINGTON, USA: This is with reference to Syed Mohammad Ali’s article “Who will come to our aid now?” (June 18). The writer states: “Despite rhetorical admission to the fact that poverty and state failure provides the ideal incubators for terrorism and instability, the US has not done enough to instill good governance and sustainable economic development in Afghanistan or Pakistan”.
I would like to remind the writer that it is not the job of the US to instill good governance in Pakistan. It is Pakistan’s job.
The writer further states: “One wonders if Pakistan and its regional neighbours have the foresight to transcend lingering suspicions and devise an inclusive approach to building consensus about — and within — Afghanistan in the post-Nato withdrawal scenario”.
It is unlikely that India will agree to Pakistan’s plans to use Afghanistan for ‘strategic depth’ purposes. I doubt that the Afghans themselves would be too pleased about that.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 20th, 2012.
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