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Sunday, July 13, 2008

Is He Naive Or Are We?

Read this quote from Foreign Minister Shah Mamood Qureshi: "Pakistan will not allow its territory to be used against other countries. However, no foreign troops will be allowed to operate inside Pakistan."

The occasion was the 15-nation Council's debate on the situation in Afghanistan. LINK

Forget the construct of the quote for now. Let us examine the first part: Pakistan will not allow its territory to be used against other countries.

So India will heave a big sigh of relief. As will China. (Afghanistan does not count)

Since he said "other countries" perhaps he felt necessary to spell out that "foreign troops" (read NATO or US troops) will not be allowed to operate inside Pakistan.

If the honourable FM was present when Gen. Kayani briefed PM Gilani, then he should inquire from the PM. He will perhaps be surprised to learn that 'foreigners' (read whatever you want to here) have "depots, warehouses, bases and air corridors"

And they do "operate" in Pakistani land and air space...without impunity.

operate: from HERE
7.Military. carry on operations in war. give orders and accomplish military acts, as distinguished from doing staff work.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

As Pakistan cannot do anything regarding airstrikes as admitted by the interior minister, we should leave this matter to the Americans. Maybe they are more capable of running Pakistan.

July 12, 2008 6:28 AM  

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