Imran Khan's successful call for sit-in (dharna) to block Nato supplies against drone attacks
The Imran Khan Dharna has been supremely successful, for his choice
of venue was brilliant and the fact that no NATO supplies moved for
three days was very significant. Imran Khan has shown that he is the
only politician that dares to visit the Wana area. Today Wana has taken
on a special significance because it is the only gateway for supplies to
the NATO troops. With the movement of 1000 containers a day, (a huge
number) the US is well aware of their vulnerability to ground attacks.
Which they are experiencing on a limited scale.
State Department policy makers are so obsessed with defeating the
Taliban not realizing that the Vietcong and the Taliban are similar,
being home grown products, makes them very effective defenders of their
Soil. And ruthless.
The Pakistan Army has ruled itself
out of the equation, for they can also not venture into the tribal
areas, being too closely identified to the hated Americans. Imran khan
has proved the Americans wrong in their backing of Zardari, for Zardari
is not welcome in the Tribal belt, neither for that matter is any other
politician. Not the MQM nor the PPP. The Americans only interest is in
keeping control of Afghanistan, with their huge number of ground troops,
who are effectively bottled in by the terrain, and hostile tribes.
Pakistan is a very important piece In their scheme mainly because of its
location on the route to Afghanistan, and the proximity and ethnic
closeness of both people's.
The Americans should now
rethink their strategy and open a dialogue with Imran Khan as the only
logical leader of the whole country including the northern areas,
without which a stable Pakistan is not possible. The American focus on
Zardari, and Gilani has no benefit to the Americans other than adding to
their woes. The American satisfaction in running Pakistan through the
Zardari Gilani duo while the country is being dragged into an economic
abyss. The people of Pakistan are also very clear in their minds of the
deliberate stranglehold on the Pakistani economy, and the hurdles being
placed in our path. While the US may exhort Kayani to do more
unfortunately Gen Kayani cannot possibly do any more. To commit more
troops into Wana would expose our army to a threat from the Afghans who
would welcome a chance to assist the Indian adventurists to embarrass
the Pakistan army, at any opportunity. Surely it is time for the US to
realize that they need to rethink their options in Pakistan. Imran has
proven his ability to adress the Pakhtuns on their turf, in their
language. And be respected. The Pathan appreciates courage and accords
Imran the respect due him.
In Pakistani politics courage
is a major factor in the quest for leadership, and on this level Imran
scores ahead of any other aspirant. We Pakistanis are fed up with our
shortages of water, power, jobs and are being kept away from any
opportunity for our people to progress. This seems to be a deliberate
move on behalf of the US government policy to punish us for sins
unknown. The rewards are being reaped by the chosen leadership, who are
under the impression that their sins having been condoned once by the
disgraceful NRO may now be revisited by another NRO. However this time
around the chances are bleak that this could happen. The people like
Imran would not allow such a repeat, and with Justice Iftikhar Chaudri,
watching very carefully, the chances are remote. The Americans tried to
buy the services of the Pakistani politicians by imposing the NRO, but
now with the NRO killed by our Supreme Court, the Americans have a new
mantra 'who else' ?
Beware, Zardari, the Americans are on the prowl again, and many are lining up at the trough.
THE TROUGH BECKONS - Fakir S.Ayazuddin