posted on Nov, 29 2006 @ 12:15 PM
Senior Pakistani officials are urging Nato countries to accept the Taliban and work towards a new coalition government in Kabul that might exclude the
Afghan president Hamid Karzai.
Pakistan's foreign minister, Khurshid Kasuri, has said in private briefings to foreign ministers of some Nato member states that the Taliban are
winning the war in Afghanistan and Nato is bound to fail.
He has advised against sending more troops.
[bWestern ministers have been stunned. "Kasuri is basically asking Nato to surrender and to negotiate with the Taliban,
" said one Western
official who met the minister recently.
Lt Gen Ali Mohammed Jan Orakzai, governor of the volatile North West Frontier Province has stated publicly that the US, Britain and Nato have already
failed in Afghanistan. "Either it is a lack of understanding or it is a lack of courage to admit their failures," he said recently.
Many Afghans fear that Pakistan is deliberately trying to undermine Mr Karzai and Nato's commitment to his government in an attempt to reinstall its
Taliban proxies in Kabul – almost certainly leading to all-out civil war and possible partition of the country.
I am not sure whether this statement reflects his personal opinion or that of the Pakistani government, but it certainly is shameful. NATO is not
losing the war agains the Taliban at all, however, as long as Pakistan does not secure its borders they won't leave anytime soon. Fighting the
Taliban is not the toughest job, keeping them away is.