Former Chief Inter Services Intelligence, retired General Hamid Gul, addresses students of a Dar-ul-Alumi-Islami, an Islamic religious school during a graduation ceremony in Peshawar, Sept. 30, 2001.
Op-Ed, The Huffington Post
August 2, 2010
Author: Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program
Belfer Center Programs or Projects: International Security
"Britain's wrinkle-free Prime Minister, David Cameron, whose refreshing candor may fade with the inevitable erosion of office, has described Pakistan as "looking both ways" on the issue of terrorism in Afghanistan; which means cooperating on the one hand in the "war on terror" inside Pakistan, while aiding the Afghan Taliban against the Karzai Government and the American-led coalition forces.
Before rushing to judgment, let's first consider the situation from the Pakistan point of view. Its creation, the Afghan Taliban, were driven from the country in late 2001 because the leader of the group, Mullah Omar, had been sheltering Osama bin Laden. Other than refusing to give over bin Laden, the Taliban had no direct military quarrel with the U.S...."
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