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Tango0113 Jan 2018 9:24 p.m. PST

…for the Afghan Taliban?

"The Trump Administration's decision to suspend military aid to Pakistan is one of the most significant US punitive actions against Pakistan since 2001.

The US has long been frustrated with Pakistan's persistent acquiescence to safe havens for the Afghan Taliban and its branch in Pakistan both benefit more from misgovernance in Afghanistan, but Pakistan's aid helps a lot.

Worse yet, Pakistan has provided direct military and intelligence aid to both groups, resulting in the deaths of US soldiers, Afghan security personnel and civilians, and significant destabilisation in Afghanistan…"
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Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP14 Jan 2018 12:40 a.m. PST

If they gave Bin Laden safe haven (or just looked the other way, depending on who you ask), they'll do the same for any of our enemies. There's no way they couldn't have known he was at that compound.

Military aid should have been suspended then.


Tango0114 Jan 2018 2:47 p.m. PST

Yes… but … why?.


Walking Sailor14 Jan 2018 3:10 p.m. PST

Because I just hate it when a politician won't stay bought.

Lion in the Stars14 Jan 2018 3:57 p.m. PST

The Brits learned about 200 years ago that you can NEVER buy the loyalties of a Pathan outright. Only rent them for a time.

After all, Pakistan is what used to be called the Northwest Frontier!

whitejamest14 Jan 2018 8:57 p.m. PST

That article mentions some of the reasons, but it's also worth noting that Pakistan has been invaded by Afghan forces before, as recently as under Daoud, before the communist coup. The Afghans believe that Pakistan's Pashtun-dominated northwest tribal regions are theirs by right (after all that was the treaty they signed with the Brits) and they have tried and failed to take them back by force before.

And if you're a hardcore Pashtun nationalist politician in Afghanistan, one of the easy ways to fire up your base it to talk about how you're going to reclaim Pashtun lands from Pakistan.

So the bad blood between the two countries long predates the tenure of the Taliban, and even the invasion of the Soviets. In addition to all of Pakistan's strategic aims regarding Afghanistan today, history of course is messy.

The Pakistani leadership is not Pathan though.

Tango0115 Jan 2018 11:02 a.m. PST



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