Magazine article The Spectator

Don't Blame Pakistan

Magazine article The Spectator

Don't Blame Pakistan

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Sir: Why does Fraser Nelson want to call it an Afghan-Pakistan war when it is not? ('Don't mention the Afghan-Pakistan war', 26 July).

Such labels are not only dangerous but could irretrievably harm the cause by diverting the focus from the real issue and further enabling the enemy to exploit the situation by fanning dissent and creating a conflict of interests among the coalition partners.

Pakistan has done more and suffered more than all the other allies combined. More than 1,000 soldiers have lost their lives in the war against terror. Pakistan has deployed 90,000 troops along the Pakistan-Afghan border; 700 al-Qa'eda operators have been arrested and handed over. For countries unwilling to comprehend the realities on the grounds, blaming Pakistan for playing a double game has become a convenient way of evading their own weaknesses and failures. Pakistan has time and again explained the difficulties in the area. It is a daunting task for it effectively to man a 2,200km border in the absence of the necessary resources. …

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