Pakistan Descends

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It was announced on Tuesday that Pakistan has moved “up” on the list of the world’s most corrupt governments. The Corruption Prescriptions Index ranks Pakistan 34 out of 178 countries, up from 42 last year. The annual report is prepared by Transparency International. It’s Pakistan Chairman Syed Adil Gilani said that the Islamabad government lacks the political will to fight corruption. This is another blow to the credibility of the country that is supposed to be America’s strategic partner, but which many fear also lacks the political will to fight terrorism.

At the U.S. -Pakistan Strategic Dialogue meeting last week, it was announced that President Barack Obama will not visit Pakistan during his November trip to Asia. He would, however, be visiting India, Pakistan’s neighbor and arch-rival. Hopefully, this choice of destinations conveys a deepening relationship between Washington and New Delhi, one that will not be held hostage to Pakistan’s wavering cooperation in the war against the Taliban and Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan and the border areas.

Islamabad’s attempts to use the “war on terror” as leverage to draw the U.S. into favoring Pakistan over India must be resisted. The counter is to use a closer alignment with India to remind Pakistan’s leaders what the consequences could be if Islamabad does not cooperate with American objectives in the region.

The delegations led by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Pakistan Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi met in Washington Oct. 20-22 for what was the third ministerial-level meeting of the Strategic Dialogue. All have been held this year, the first in Washington in March and the second in Islamabad in July.

The war against terrorism was only mentioned twice in the joint statement issued on Oct.  22: “The United States commended the steadfast resolve of the Government and people of Pakistan, armed forces, and law enforcement agencies to defeat terrorists” and “The United States and Pakistan renewed their resolve to promoting peace, stability, and transparency throughout the region and to eliminate the threats posed by terrorism and extremism. ” Afghanistan was never mentioned. “Counter-terrorism” was mentioned once, as part of a laundry list of issues which included agriculture, communications, public diplomacy, defense, energy, finance, economic cooperation, health, law enforcement, water, and women’s empowerment. One could not have concluded from reading this document that the war along the Pakistan-Afghan border was a priority issue. This is apparently Islamabad’s desire.

At their joint press conference at the end of the meeting, Secretary Clinton expressed her “deep sorrow and my outrage at the killing of Dr. Mohammad Farooq Khan by Taliban assassins on October 2nd.”  Farooq was a medical doctor and  Vice-Chancellor at the Islamic University in Swat. But her attempt to raise the topic of the threat that Islamic radicalism poses to Pakistan fell on deaf ears. In his remarks following hers, Foreign Minister Qureshi never mentioned the killing or anything else about terrorism. Instead, he talked about water, productivity, women’s empowerment and the need to give “legal status” to Pakistanis who are living and working in America without it.

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  • ObamaYoMoma

    The notion that Pakistan is a strategic ally is a joke. It’s part of the greater global jihad at large and the largest terrorist harboring country in the world. We need to pull out of Afghanistan ASAP because there is nothing for us to win over there. Indeed, the so-called democratic government of Afghanistan we helped create in reality is a Sharia state, and Sharia mandates armed jihad against infidels for the spread of Islam,

    Then once we are out of Afghanistan, we need to focus on destroying Pakistan’s nuclear weapons arsenal and nuclear weapons program, and then bombing into oblivion the terrorist camps Pakistan is harboring in its autonomous regions. We also need to expand our strategic relationship with India to counter the global jihad and China.

    As for as legal status for Pakistani Muhammadans living in the USA goes, we need to ban and reverse all Muhammadan immigration because Muhammadans don’t immigrate to assimilate and integrate. Instead, they immigrate to eventually subjugate and dominate.

    Nowhere in the world where mass Muhammadan immigration has taken place has there been Muhammadan immigrants that have assimilated and integrated. Instead, the majority of the Muhammadans in every case without a single exception have formed Muhammadan no-go zones as parallel societies ruled by Sharia in direct contravention to the laws of the states in which they reside.

    • Wesley69

      Muslims, today, are not assimilating. Since 1979, with the Iranian Revolution and the oil embargo of 1973 lead by Saudi Arabia, this region has moved toward jihadist Islam. Saudi Arabia, with its money, has exported Wahhabism to the rest of the world. This as well as Iran's Shia beliefs both support Sharia law. The mission of both is a world governed by one faith, and it ain't Christianity. Pakistan is a program due to its nukes. If they fall into the wrong hands, mushroom clouds will be appearing across the globe.

  • cheese_burger

    The problem with Pakistan, is that it is infected with Muslims. Muslims are Monsters, 99% of the time. Why???? …in a word, Islam. Islam is a Monster Making Machine. It takes human beings, and turns them into Subhuman Monsters. That is what it does, because that is what it was designed to do. What about the 1% of Muslims who are not Monsters? They are the result of Islam's occassional failure. No machine is perfect.

  • wesley69

    With their nuclear arsenal, Pakistan is indeed a problem, more important than Afghanistan. Should those weapons faill into the wrong hands, like terrorists who hate us, our security will be in jeopardy. Maybe we need to take out as many terrorist training camps along the border, take out the nuclear weapons. Sure the world will condemn us. Obama's attempts at goodwill have reaped nothing, so they hate us. We need to make the world understand, mess with us and you pay a price. We need to focus more on ourselves, straightening things out here and leaving the rest of the world on its own.

  • Wesley69

    With their nuclear arsenal, Pakistan is indeed a problem, more important than Afghanistan. Should those weapons faill into the wrong hands, like terrorists who hate us, our security will be in jeopardy. Maybe we need to take out as many terrorist training camps along the border, take out the nuclear weapons. Sure the world will condemn us. Obama's attempts at goodwill have reaped nothing, so they hate us. We need to make the world understand, mess with us and you pay a price. We need to focus more on ourselves, straightening things out here and leaving the rest of the world on its own.

  • http://mypage.direct.ca/l/lbouchar/ SeaMystic

    All of Islam is destructive to our societites. Time to prepare for a major War against all Islamists, no exceptions.
    For those who support Islamist activities as leftists, here is my question?
    You got any womenfolk in your family you want to offer up for Stoning, Circumcision or Honour Killings?
    If not check: http://www.petitiononline.com/MYSTIC/petition.htm

  • WilliamJamesWard

    The idea of nuclear weapons falling into the wrong hands in
    Pakistan is fatuous, they are in the wrong hands. When Iran
    moves against Israel, watch and see India move against
    Pakistan for thier own survival. American Politicos have been
    complete idiots, remain complete idiots and it has left America
    in a whole lot of trouble….China is just waiting it's chance to
    move against all of the oil states to take over……………..William