Fresh diplomatic fury over alleged Pakistani ties to the Taliban flared anew after documents were released by Wikileaks last week. But Wikileaks didn’t mention why Pakistan is doing this. It failed to mention that Pakistan is helping the Afghan Taliban because it hopes to gain what it considers a “strategic depth” in its confrontation with India. As Lahore’s Daily Times editorialized on July 18 (before the release of the leaked documents): “Our military may be fighting the local Taliban but the Afghan Taliban were provided safe havens and rear base areas in our soil. This remains an unresolved issue and for quite some time now the U.S. has been asking Pakistan to cleanse these areas of their presence. Our reluctance to do so is for obvious reasons: the notorious ‘strategic depth’.”
Enter your email address to
register a free account.