We don't owe Afghanistan anything

A brother who just takes and gives nothing in return is one we can do without.

Musab Ghouri October 03, 2012
I was studying for a sociology exam when my driver entered my lounge. He immediately asked me to turn on the TV. The first thing that struck my mind was that there had been another bomb blast in Karachi. Fortunately, he only wanted to watch the India versus Afghanistan cricket match.

I asked him,
You’re a Sindhi. What do you have to do with Afghans?

He meekly replied,
Sahib, they are our brothers, whereas India is our enemy.

I switched off the TV but couldn't stop thinking about what he had said.

Really? Had he just naively been believing all this time that Afghanistan was a friend?

The first nation to oppose Pakistan was Afghanistan. They are not our brothers, they are our sons. We taught them every single thing, from cricket to diplomacy. We provided them with security. Even the most senior Afghan army officers were trained in Rawalpindi.

We fought their war but our prize was 1,700,000 Afghan refugees, who brought the AK-47 culture and drugs with them to Pakistan. Our leaders accepted them wholeheartedly, not because they loved them, but because they loved the dollars and media attention we were gaining due to them.

We did them uncountable favours, but in return they transferred their extremist molvis to Pakistan. These molvis brought with them Talibanisation.

The results were bound to be catastrophic.

Moreover, Shia-Sunni hype, racism, frequent killings, and a full-fledged war in FATA are their precious, never diminishing gifts to us ─ to name a few.

Not only terrorism, but the culture of smuggling also came and flourished into a major business through the Durand range established in 1983. This was controlled by mafias of both nations. Now they supply and traffic drugs such as opium, hashish and heroin.

Let's not forget the smuggling of precious stones, copper, automobiles and electronics, which bore fruit of heavy, multi-million dollar profits.

Most Afghans are now 'Pakistanis'. They have their representatives in the parliament, senate and possibly in the GHQ.

Yet, I recently happened to read that the Afghan government has banned Pakistani newspapers in eastern Afghanistan, saying that the publications were “functioning as mouthpieces and propaganda tools for the Taliban” issues.

They are also building a water dam near our border which would limit Pakistan's water supply and might lead to drought in many areas. The other aim is to divide Pakhtunistan from Pakistan. This would make a “greater Afghanistan”, they say.

One is compelled to ask, what’s the reason behind Pakistan's blind love for them?

Do we love them because they are our 'brothers in Islam', or is it our greed for the resources, power and US aid?

Pakistan always wanted to be dominant in South Asia. India was the biggest hurdle in our way, but as we gained America’s support, we thought that we could gain control of Asia after the Soviets. China at that time was just emerging and we were the only nation which had close contacts with the US.

September 11, however turned the tables and the game changed. Our potential throne was snatched by our own friends, and not India. China and Afghanistan become the master players and the centre of US attention, whereas we became centre of hatred and terrorism.

In Musharraf’s reign we could have driven the Taliban out, but all we wanted at that time was recognition from the US and the removal of sanction which would only be possible through war.

Problems pile over problems as blood remains the most commonly spilled liquid in Pakistan.

Sometimes I feel like Afghanistan treats us like a trash bin. They fill us up with their gang lords and blame us for all wrong in the entire world.

As the match proceeded, I didn't care who about who would be victorious, because if every Muslim is my brother, then India has more Muslims than Afghanistan.

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Musab Ghouri The author is a journalism student at SZABIST who likes to talk about religion and politics. He tweets as @musabghouri (https://twitter.com/musabghouri)
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Akhter | 11 years ago | Reply @Fahim Khan:For your information Ahmad Shah Abdali (1726–1773) was the founder of the Durrani dynasty in Afghanistan. He was born in Multan of Pakistan, the son of Sammaun-Khan, hereditary chief of the Abdali tribe. As a young boy, Abdali fell into the hands of the hostile tribe of Ghilzais and kept as a prisoner in Kandahar. On March 1738, he was rescued by Nadir Shah, who had him guard over some regions that are now in the North Western Frontier of Pakistan. Nadir Shah was known to be a child molester and it was not a surprise that he kept Abdali as one of his slaves. Furthermore Yamīn ad-Dawlah Abul-Qāṣim Maḥmūd Ibn Sebüktegīn, more commonly known as Mahmud of Ghazni (Persian: محمود غَزنوی‎ / Maḥmūd-e Ġaznawī; 2 November 971 – 30 April 1030), was the most prominent ruler of the Ghaznavid Empire. In the name of Islam, he conquered the eastern Iranian lands and the northwestern Indian subcontinent from 997 to his death in 1030. Mahmud turned the former provincial city of Ghazna into the wealthy capital of an extensive empire which covered most of today's Afghanistan, eastern Iran, Pakistan and northwestern India. And finally just to enlighten you if not already Emperor Babur has been known as the founder of Mughal Empire in India. He was born on 14th February, 1483 at a town called Andijan that is located in the present day Uzbekistan. He belonged to the Mongol tribe that also embraced Turkish and Persian. He was named Zahiruddin Muhammad and was called Babar affectionately. Babar is derived from Persian language and means lion. Babar rose to power by his determination and strength and set the foundation of the Mughal Empire for his future generations Please explain to me in what way does this make him specifically Afghan??? His lineage was from Ghenghis Khan and i am sure i do not need to tell you who that was. PS : The Urdu Language spoken in Pakistan is drawn from Persian and as Pakistan was a part of Hindustan it was already spoken hear not derived or borrowed from Afghanistan. I hope i have made my point.
Akhter | 11 years ago | Reply @abc: @Blackjack I at first hesitated to post a comment but your repeated denigration of all the sacrifices Pakistan has made for Afghanistan has forced me to clarify a few facts. Yes Afghanistan did oppose formation of Pakistan Yes Afghanistan does have a agenda for a greater Afghanistan Yes Most Afghan Mullahs were trained in Pakistani Madressahs (funded by USA) organised by Zia Yes Kalashnikov culture of Pakistan is due to smuggling of weapons from Afganistan Yes Drug dependency in Pakistan is at all time high because Afghan's even after getting subsidy from their government to grow real crops revert to Opium production. Yes it is a fact that their are 17 Indian consulates in Afghanistan. Yes each year hundreds of Pakistanis are murdered via Taliban bombs the orchestra tors plan and flee back to their safe havens in Afghanistan Yes it was a transit policy foolishly set up by Pakistani government but abused by Afghanistan. Finally from a historic perspective Afghanistan has never been peaceful it just swings from one axis to the other eg Mid 1970s Kabul was termed the Paris of East just look up the dress wear of the time. Furthermore you say 30 years of strive ripped Afghanistan apart and all due to Pakistan, Look up history my friend and you will see it was the Russians who came saw and raped thousands of innocent Afghan women, and it was Pakistan leader Zia who idiotically pushed Pakistan into the quagmire that is Afghanistan I think what the author was trying to emphasize is that India has more Muslims than Afghanistan and both are our neighbors so why choose one over the other? when supporting cricket.
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