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Pakistan holds rare cross-party talks on Thursday designed to build unity in the face of mounting American pressure to act against the Al-Qaeda-linked Haqqani network or face the consequences.
And given the US claims about Pakistan government ties to the network, analysts have warned there is a risk Islamabad will be branded a state sponsor of terror.
Unease has been growing in Pakistan over the US demands to act against the Haqqanis but Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani is expected to use the conference to try to rally support behind the government and military rather than formulate new strategies.
Members of Gilani's fragile coalition, the opposition and the main religious parties are expected to attend the Thursday afternoon talks. Civilian politicians will likely fall into line behind the military, considered the chief arbiter of power in Pakistan.
Gilani's office said the conference would Top party leaders, including opposition leader Nawaz Sharif and heose a threat to Pakistan. ads of Islamic parties such as pro-Taliban cleric Fazlur Rehman have signalled that they will be there.
"All the political parties will plan a road map for the future and government will ensure implementation of this strategy," said Information Minister Firdous Ashiq Awan.
Retired general turned political analyst Talat Masood told AFP that the government and the military want to defuse the latest crisis.
"The gathering is intended to send a strong signal from the country's political parties that they stand united behind the military in the wake of US pressures," he said.
"The conference will serve as political catharsis to let passions cool off."
Gilani's main ruling Pakistan People's Party (PPP), which leads a precarious majority in parliament, faces strong domestic criticism for supporting the United States in its war on terror and providing logistical support.
US allegations of Pakistan waging a proxy war in Afghanistan triggered a frenzy of anger this week with several thousand people attending rallies.
I predict one more big attack on american troops in Afghanistan then there will be war.
Nuclear-armed rivals India and Pakistan agreed on Wednesday to more than double trade within three years and open a second border trading post as they seek to buttress their peace process.
Deepening economic engagement between the two countries, which have fought three wars against each other since independence from Britain in 1947, is seen as crucial to establishing lasting peace in the troubled South Asian region.
Originally posted by Wildmanimal
reply to post by buni11687
The United States of America has not only supported Pakistan Diplomatically, Militarily, and Financially, but it has
also with Great Effort , Endeavored to clean up the mess left behind by The Crown of Great Britain,The Soviets,
and The earthquakes of God Almighty.
When we leave, dont expect U.S. to return with mercy when you wise up and beg us back.
In fact, at that point you might be looking for mercy from China....Good Luck.
Enjoy your Fortune Cookie. Regards, Wildmanimaledit on 29-9-2011 by Wildmanimal because: God Honest Typo
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - U.S. military action against insurgents in Pakistan would be unacceptable and the country's army would be capable of responding, intelligence chief Ahmed Shuja Pasha told a meeting of political leaders in Islamabad, according to media reports.
Express News TV cited Pasha as saying an "American attack on Pakistan in the name of (fighting) extremism is not acceptable."
However, several television news reports said Pasha had also told an all-party meeting to discuss the crisis in ties between Washington and Islamabad that Pakistan would not allow the situation to get to a "point of no return."
The effort to ensure that diplomacy and calmer heads prevail at a time of fragile relations between Pakistan and the United States is on. However, the effort notwithstanding, Islamabad has made it clear to Washington that, if it comes down to it, Pakistan will be forced to retaliate if American forces attempt to launch a unilateral strike on the country’s tribal belt.
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told The Express Tribune that Pasha had informed his counterpart that the Pakistani people will not tolerate any US misadventure and in that case the government will be left with no other option but to retaliate.
“We cannot be caught off guard this time,” the official told lawmakers, referring to the raid that embarrassed the country’s powerful security establishment about its ignorance of the world’s most wanted man’s whereabouts. “This time, we will give them a surprise if they (Americans) dare,” he said.
U.S. State Secretary Hillary Clinton said on Wednesday that Washington is in final review on decision to designate the Haqqani network as a terrorist organization.
"We're in the final, formal review that has to be undertaken to make a government-wide decision to designate the network as a foreign terrorist organization," Clinton told reporters at a joint press conference with visiting Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohammed Kamel Amr.
so would this mean we would go in to Pakistan if all else fails? what do you think?
Named after its leader Jalaluddin Haqqani, the Haqqani Network is a group within the insurgency in Afghanistan that is based out of North Wazirstan in the Pakistani Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). The group has been active mainly in the east of Afghanistan—in Paktia, Paktika, Khost, Ghazni Wardak and even Kabul provinces.
so the Intel, CIA, know that ISI is helping and backing a known terrorist group that do carry out attacks on US forces in Afghanistan, but operate freely in Pakistan. sounds like a new war front to me.
In 1995 the network was recruited by the Pakistani Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) to support the Taliban and its fight to establish an Islamic fundamentalist regime. As a result of this longstanding relationship, the ISI continues to view the Haqqani network as its most reliable regional proxy.
Originally posted by GLaDOS
If the US thinks that Pakistan will be as easy as Iraq...they are delusional.
Originally posted by Nephalim
Last, if the problem for Pakistan is us having troops and drones over there, then I think the American people have already taken notice and would support troops withdrawl from the region. Enough damage has been done in this last decade. As a matter of fact that withdrawl has begun so again, why provoke the US to stay? I find that rather odd. You dont want us there but start talks of war? Interesting.
Thanks for the thread and updates btw Buni.edit on 29-9-2011 by Nephalim because: (no reason given)