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Method to madness?

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THE conclusion of the controversy that raged for seven months following a report in this newspaper last October ought to finally enable Pakistan to focus attention on some critical issues that need to be addressed on a war footing.

The country’s regional security environment is tense and, so far, a comprehensive policy response does not seem to be in place, giving the impression that various institutions are lurching from one crisis to another without a game plan.

Tension with India which, in its latest manifestation can be attributed to Delhi’s intransigence in addressing the Kashmir dispute and its preference of using brute force in an attempt to put down an increasingly widespread popular uprising, is now taken as a matter of routine here.

Pakistan’s dilemma would only have been deepened by the Saudi defence minister’s resort to unkind terms to describe Iran’s official Shia ideology.

On the long border shared with our western neighbour, Islamabad’s past folly in using extremist proxies to further its and its Western allies goals in the region are boomeranging as Islamabad’s enemies are using their own Afghanistan-based assets in undermining Pakistan.

Additionally, the Afghan government and the countries whose forces are struggling to keep the Kabul leaders in office also use Pakistan as a convenient scapegoat for all of their shortcomings and their inability to effectively deal with the military challenge of the Afghan Taliban.

And then there is Iran. Over the past week, I have read several newspaper and magazine pieces and even........

© Dawn