Pressures on Pakistan’s Afghan policy seem to be building up. President Pervez Musharraf’s press talk on Friday is a fair indication of what the world expects Pakistan to do, what the government is doing, not doing or is not in a position to do. The president’s rather angry talk comes in the wake of American intelligence chief John Negroponte’s remarks. (It was) a defence of his government’s Afghan policy and an admission of “some failures” in monitoring the border used both ways daily by thousands of people, all of whom are not militants. Two crucial questions emerged from (the) talk. First, Afghan refugees in Pakistan and the monitoring of the Durand Line are not Islamabad’s sole responsibility. There are about three million of them (here). Second, the president was right when he blamed the US-led Nato forces in Afghanistan for having failed to do their part. One is forced to ask whether or not American engagement in Iraq has been a factor in prolonging Afghanistan’s agony.
Updated: Mon, Feb 05 2007. 06 12 PM IST