All experts agree that there can not be a “Winning Strategy” in Afghanistan without the full integration of Pakistan in the struggle. All experts also agree that the Pakistani Army is, to a large extent, a state within a state. It is not an exaggeration to say that the Pakistani Army controls the state of Pakistan more then the state of Pakistan is controlling the Army. Since its creation in 1947, 62 years ago, as an independent state , Pakistan suffered three military coups and was under military rule 28 years. The main tool of the Pakistani Army to manipulate the Pakistani regime and politic is the notorious Pakistani intelligence apparatus – ISI, which is an internal and external intelligence apparatus at the same time, its heads are nominated by the commander of the army and the Pakistani regime claimed, on 11/23/2008, that its “political wing” suspended its activity finally – suspended not abolished (see – GOOD-NEWS).

ISI runs a conglomerate of terror against India in Kashmir, even nowadays, and according to the latest McChrystal Report, from 08/30/2009, the main problem in Afghanistan is the coordination, integration and support to the Taliban in Afghanistan from various elements in Pakistan which include the Tehrik-e-Taleban, The Pakistani ISI and a conglomerate of Islamic organization in Pakistan.

Commentators claim, for a long time, that since peace between India and Pakistan will severely undermine the privileged status of the army in the Pakistani society, whenever the Indian-Pakistani relations were heating up and threats were replaced by peace negotiation, a mysterious hand committed yet another spectacular terror attack in India (See – Mumbai Carnage). In previous cases the traces always led, eventually, to the Pakistani military intelligence – ISI.

Indeed, recently, since the Swat-Crisis of 05/2009, under pressure of USA to suspend military aid to Pakistan, the Pakistani army, finally, is cracking down determinedly, on the Pashtu tribes in Pakistan. But even now the Pakistani army is making a deference between those who jeopardize the Pakistani sovereignty and those who fight in Afghanistan, like Jalaluddin Haqqani and Mullah Omar, who are still operating, almost undisturbed, from Pakistan (see – PK Two Heads). Pakistan is exporting terror not only to India and Afghanistan but to UK and recently also to USA (see – Zazi’s Indictment).

There is a serious question if the Pakistani regime is indeed capable to control its military intelligence apparatus even if it wishes to do so.

Pakistan needs, therefore, a civilian security service, whose heads are nominated by the Pakistani elected government, its employees recruited from the academy, civil society and middle class of Pakistan and subordinate to the Pakistani law. A security service, which will gradually gain from ISI authority and jurisdiction in all internal affairs in Pakistan.

Britain is helping to set up a national security authority in Pakistan to combat terrorism and promote political stability, the BBC has learned, on Thursday 10/01/2009. It will be modeled on terrorism units run by the Home Office and MI5 in UK. Senior British and Pakistani counter-terrorism sources have said British training and funding will be made available to the new authority.

Initially 200 experts will be employed in Pakistan, covering extremism and religious affairs. There will be a new counter-terrorism strategy within six months, and research projects will be launched. One of these will examine the alleged role in religious schools – Madrassas – and radicalization.

Critics of the plan suggest Pakistan’s intelligence agency, the ISI, could block progress, because it will remain in charge of terrorist investigations, although Pakistani sources insist the ISI is fully on board.

Stabilizing civilian authority in Pakistan is more crucial to the war on terror in Afghanistan then any surge in military troops in Afghanistan itself.
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