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Why Trump Is Right About Pakistan

Wednesday, January 3, 2018 14:58
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In his first Tweet of 2018, President Donald Trump highlighted the chronic Pakistani duplicity in regard to the war in Afghanistan:

“The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools. They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!”

While publicly supporting U.S. efforts to stabilize Afghanistan, Pakistan secretly provides safe haven and de facto sponsors a Taliban educational, training and financial infrastructure to sustain a proxy war against Afghanistan in order to preserve it as a client state.

Case in point from information provided by on-the-ground sources in Pakistan.

Abdul Basit Ahmedzai Mengal operates a religious school (Madrasa Qazi Abad) and mosque in Nushki District, Balochistan province, Pakistan. Originally from the village of Zaro Chah near the border with Afghanistan, he has two wives and his son, Abdul Latif Mengal, is a student at Bolan Medical College in Quetta.

Abdul Basit Ahmedzai Mengal is said to be affiliated with the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Nazryati political party and a staunch supporter of the Taliban. The Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI) party has its origins in the fundamentalist Deobandi ideology and the JUI offshoots have opposed Pakistan’s logistical support of the U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan. Abdul Basit Ahmedzai Mengal reportedly lived in Afghanistan when the Taliban were in power.

Whether Abdul Basit Ahmedzai Mengal is aware or not, the sources claim that the Madrasa Qazi Abad is a well-known transit point and resting place for Taliban fighters going to and returning from Afghanistan.

It is also said to be located near a Pakistani Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) office/safe house with whom Abdul Basit Ahmedzai Mengal is reported to have close relations.

This alleged Taliban transit point and rest stop in Pakistan is about a forty-minute drive on public roads from the Afghanistan border. Despite numerous Pakistani military check-points along this route, local observers have noted no restrictions for personnel traveling to and from Madrasa Qazi Abad.

The Taliban are said to cross the border into the Kandahar province, Afghanistan from an area called Gaz Nali and then move to temporary camps in the region known as Ghori or Goori. The Afghanistan area for the movement of Taliban fighters back into Pakistan’s Nushki district is most often Shorawak.

Such on-the-ground reports of official Pakistani support of or acquiescence to the Taliban presence are difficult to verify because access to border areas is highly restricted. Nevertheless, there are dozens of other such examples demonstrating a permanent infrastructure in Pakistan that sustains the Taliban and acts as staging grounds for attacks in Afghanistan. The strategy Pakistan employs is always to do just enough to prevent the U.S. and NATO from succeeding in Afghanistan, that is, perpetual stalemate.

That should not be surprising because Pakistan sees China as its most important ally, not the U.S. And Chinese regional ambitions cannot be achieved if the U.S. maintains influence or a presence in Afghanistan.

The ISI chief, Lieutenant General Naveed Mukhtar, for example, wrote in his U.S Army War College thesis entitled “Afghanistan — Alternative futures and their implications,” that there are four possible scenarios for the future of Afghanistan, all of which involve U.S. and NATO withdrawal. He states that Afghanistan’s true stakeholders are its six immediate neighbors China, Iran, Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan. The future U.S. role in Afghanistan, according to Mukhtar, is relegated to diplomacy, where “America would have to make aggressive diplomatic efforts to dissuade provocative action or intervention by regional players,” meaning, mainly, preventing Indian influence in Afghanistan.

President Trump is correct to question our investment in Pakistan’s intentions, as well as an Afghanistan strategy dependent upon them.

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Lawrence Sellin, Ph.D. is a retired colonel with 29 years of service in the US Army Reserve and a veteran of Afghanistan and Iraq. Colonel Sellin is the author of “Restoring the Republic: Arguments for a Second American Revolution ”. He receives email at


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  • Everette

    Look at the money we waste on rogue countries ! Like Obama giving Iran about 800 billion dollars ( almost a trillion ) . This country had been declared a #1terriost country and had bragged they were going to blow us and Israel off the map . Hang his stinking fly drawing ass ! We have citizens starving to death in America and homeless . The Bible states charity begins at home first ! We have not taken care of our own citizens . Yet we hand any country money like it’s water we pour out of a faucet . Not saying we should fund a lazy ass person . The Bible also states if you don’t work , then you don’t eat . Show us you are trying and then we can help you put the ends together . How many other countries get a free pay check off the tax paying citizens of America ? Give a man a fish and he will eat only one day , teach him to fish and he will eat for a life time . Continue to hand the man a fish every day and this man will be one lazy parasite waiting at the drop off point everyday for his fish . His mentality soon takes in the though process that he is deserving and you better not be late with his fish . Teach him to fish and he will hold his head up in pride that he has provided for himself and family . He will grow as self esteem gives him confidence that if he can do this then he can do more and better himself and family . In America certain groups are allowed greater assurance that they will be given what they need . They end up expecting the hand outs every day , every week and every month . Yet other groups that worked all their lives suffer from a mishap and end up on poverty , they have to sell off everything they have or give it to someone else before they can even get a small portion of what is being handed out . This is wrong and needs to be changed ! Because their money helped put the funds in the kitty to begin with . Yet they suffer and are not allowed to receive of their own money they add in the pot with others . I don’t know who set up this crap but it needs to change ! Thank you Trump for putting Americans first ! Thank you that you could care less what other countries think of you and even our media . I hope the media is soon put in their places and Americans are allowed to sue them for stories that are fake news like Sandy Hook , the reporter that was shot interviewing someone . I saw the videos where the gun man did 2 different things as he was getting ready to shot her and the reporter also that was shot did 2 different things in the 2 videos as she was being shot . Which one was it ? I know he didn’t kill her the first time so they had her do a retake of the shooting and told her try to get it right this time , you are suppose to die not become wounded . When he kills you then we will know you got it right ! Now get it right and don’t worry you got good insurance that will make sure you get a beautiful funeral . And the whole staff and crew will be there for you , we will make sure of it ! Now get it right !

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