The Paki Report

U.S. to suspend or cancel up to $800 million in military aid to Pakistan

What’s a lousy $800 million in a place where $800 billion would just vanish in the ozone?

Honestly, a few solid gold toilets ordered stateside might be a better investment of that $800 million. There are also more practical uses. “U.S. Is Deferring Millions in Pakistani Military Aid,” by Eric Schmitt and Jane Perlez for the New York Times, July 9: JIHAD WATCH

Why call it ‘Pakistan’?

South Sudan’s hopeful creation as a new nation is a glorious moment, as well as a sobering one. We should remember as to why South Sudan’s existence became necessary in the first place. We must remind the world over and over that the birth of South Sudan as a independent state was long required precisely because Muslims cannot long live amicably with followers of other belief systems.  As Islamic scripture teaches quite explicitly, and as Muslim repeatedly tell themselves, devout Muslims cannot treat the unbelievers with anything approaching equality. More on ‘Pakistan’

And now the good news:

There’s just one small problem: intelligence shared with Pakistan has a funny way of winding up in the wrong hands. “Pakistan urges U.S. to share intelligence on Zawahri,” by Zeeshan Haider for Reuters, July 10 (thanks to JW):

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistani called on the United States on Sunday to share information about new al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri after U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said he believed that Osama bin Laden’s successor was in Pakistan.

During his first trip to Kabul on Saturday as Pentagon chief, Panetta said he believed that the new al Qaeda leader was living in Pakistan’s lawless tribal belt on the Afghan border.

The Pakistani military said its troops were already carrying out “intense operations” against al Qaeda and its affiliates as well as “terrorists leadership” and high value targets (HVTs) who pose a threat to Pakistan’s security.


“We expect U.S. intelligence establishment to share available information and actionable intelligence regarding Al Zawahri and other HVTs with us, enabling Pakistan Army to carry out targeted operations,” a military spokesman said in a statement.

The former CIA chief said the strategic defeat of al Qaeda was within reach if the United States could kill or capture up to 20 remaining leaders of the core group and its affiliates.

He said these militant leaders were living in Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia and in North Africa.

Panetta said now was the time — in the wake of bin Laden’s killing in Pakistan in May — to intensify efforts to target al Qaeda leadership, adding that the United States would like Pakistan to target Zawahri in the tribal areas.

Pakistan is an important U.S. ally, but relations have been seriously damaged afterU.S. Navy SEALs killed bin Laden in a secret raid in the Pakistani military town of Abbottabad without informing Islamabad in advance.

Not just to be gauche, but for fear that bin Laden would be tipped off.

The United States has also stepped up missile strikes by remotely-piloted drone aircraft in Pakistan’s ethnic Pashtun tribal lands, long regarded as a global hub of militants.

Pakistan publicly criticizes drone strikes and often demands the United States provide intelligence on militant leaders hiding in its tribal regions so it can take action against them.

However, there have been persistent suspicions in Washington that Pakistani intelligence agencies maintain ties with these militants.

U.S. media last month reported that Panetta confronted Pakistan with evidence that militants had vacated bomb-making factories in Waziristan after the Unites [sic] States shared intelligence with Pakistan, suggesting that it had tipped off the insurgents.

The Pakistan army denied the reports

 

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  1. It was that “wild cowboy” Pres Bush, and what he might do to Sudan, knowing what he had already done to Iraq and Afghanistan, which scared the Jihadi Sudanese leader to agree to for a peace agreement.

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