Pak Army has allowed US military presence in Quetta: Pentagon report

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    Pak Army has allowed US military presence in Quetta: Pentagon report

    Pakistan has allowed the United States military and its coalition partners in Afghanistan to maintain a presence in Quetta, Balochistan, the US Department of Defence told Congress in a report.

    "Pakistan Army General Headquarters recently approved an ODRP and Coalition presence at the PAKMIL 12 Corps HQ in Quetta, Balochistan," the Pentagon said in its report on the 'Progress Toward Security and Stability in Afghanistan'.

    It said that while the US government "recognizes the tremendous effort continuous PAKMIL operations represent for the Pakistan Government, insurgent safe havens along the border will remain the primary problem to achieving a secure and stable Afghanistan."

    "One initiative toward this end is increasing the cooperation between Afghanistan, ISAF, and Pakistan Forces along the border to provide a more comprehensive approach to eradicating the insurgency," it added.

    The report said that overall, US relations with the PAKMIL have improved. "There have been many positive steps taken to dismantle extremist networks and deny terrorists safe havens in Pakistan. There is still much work to be done, but there is a positive trend line toward achieving the overall strategic goals," it maintained.

    The report also took notice of the importance of India's role in Afghanistan, saying, "India's presence in Afghanistan cannot be understood without considering the tense, fragile relationship between Pakistan and India. In the beginning of the reporting period, April 26-27, President Karzai visited New Delhi. The visit was seen as successful from both sides, with India reaffirming its commitment to Afghanistan as a reliable partner."

    "India continues to be one of Afghanistan's largest assistance donors, providing 1.3 billion USD funding for major infrastructure projects like power transmission, power lines, roads, etc. Work on the Salma hydroelectric dam in Herat Province continues.

    In addition, India provides agriculture assistance and has increased access to degree scholarships and training programs," it added.

    The report declared that the long-term stability and security of Afghanistan was intertwined in the dynamics of the region and the continuing influence, both positive and negative, of Afghanistan's neighbours
     
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    Do the Pakistanis have any options?

    They have sold themselves and so they must behave themselves as directed!
     
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    More US troops in the west means, more Pakistani troops in the EAST. More Pakistani Troops in the East would mean the possibility of more militants entering India. However insulting it is for Pakistan it means bad news for us.

    Also, the US will not take it easy in quenching any kind of unrest in Balochistan. It is actually a win win for Pakistan.
     
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    Well the more interesting part of the report is the status of Afghan Army and the Air Force.

    Did you know that the first overseas mission by the fledgling Afghan Air Force was done this year in the Pakistan floods? They ran a few hundred sorties running rescue operations in the flooded areas of Pakistan.
     
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    what a puppet pakistan is....long may it continue.
     
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    So let me get this straight.

    Balochistan does not want to remain part of Pakistan. So, Quetta gets US military presence.

    Gilgit-Baltistan does not want to remain part of Pakistan. So, Gilgit-Baltistan gets PRC military presence.

    What's next now? This is getting more and more ridiculous day by day. Seriously, Pakistan is even beneath pity.
     
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    With $58 billion in external debt to international bodies, more than $ 20 billion in debt to the USA since 2001, around $2 billion in debt to China in terms of economic, military, strategic and trade agreements at concessionary rates, apart from the massive multi-million aid packages that European Union has so far given to the Pakistanis, I don't think there is any other option left for Pakistan but to say, "Yes sir" and step aside. Though their Army elites who are radical themselves don't like this, they don't have a choice since more than 80% of their external debt is in the hands of USA and NATO allies.

    Rather I would say that this has already happened long time back however has been kept a secret by Pakistani government so as to appease the local radicals in their cities. Let's see:

    58
    +
    20
    +
    2
    +
    (say) 0.500
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    $ 80,500,000,000!!

    And this is just estimates ! With an economy their size, no jobs, no market, currency going lower by the day, mullas walking around as rulers on the streets, people getting radicalized, terrorism spinning out of control; how the heck will they pay so much back? :emot100:

    And there was a report stating that Pak sought a waiver of $ 50 billion from IMF and WB "because it was fighting WOT". :hmm:
     

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