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You are either with us or with the enemy

10 3 16

Imran Jan |

The end of the Afghan war may look no different than its start. Chaos, killings, devastation and so forth. Victor Hugo told us that nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come. Let us try and remember the stances of Rawalpindi and Washington in the days and weeks after 9/11.

General Mahmud Ahmad, the then director general of the ISI, met ambassador Wendy Chamberlin, Defence Intelligence Agency representative Dave Smith, and a visiting Pentagon team at the US Embassy in Islamabad. They all gathered in the conference room in the chancery basement, which had shelves filled with books about Pakistan.

Now, peace talks, as opposed to fighting, have been wrapped in Stars and Stripes and everyone is expected to internalize it. Now, the Washington-imposed anti-terror and pro-peace credentials require being pro-talks (with Taliban).

General Mahmud tried to calm down the Americans who were seething with anger and hell-bent on revenge. He reminded them of Sun Tzu’s aphorism that the supreme art of war involved winning without firing a shot. The General said, “You need the help of the Afghan people........

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