Friday, October 23, 2015

Fwd: Pakistan and Afghanistan: The new Great Game


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From: Capt.(Dr.) S G Naravane <sgnaravane@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, Oct 22, 2015 at 6:24 PM
Subject: Pakistan and Afghanistan: The new Great Game
To: Jayant Sahasrabudhe <jayantss66@gmail.com>


http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-34503849
Owen Bennett-Jones
22 October 2015

Ever since the Pakistan Taliban massacred 132 schoolboys in a Peshawar school last December, the Pakistan army has been confronting some of the country's militants, with unprecedented determination.

But the campaign is still patchy. While the Pakistan Taliban have been forced on to the back foot, other Pakistan-based militant outfits have been left undisturbed.

Publicly, Pakistani officials insist that they no longer make a distinction between the "good" Taliban (proxy forces of the Pakistan state) and the "bad" Taliban (which mount sectarian or anti-state attacks).

But privately they argue the army has to prioritise which groups to confront first. The immediate, urgent task, they say, is to fight the militants who have caused tens of thousands of deaths within Pakistan itself.

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