New year, old problems for Pakistan :Trend News commentator (video)

Darina Ibrahimova, Commentator at the Trend Persian Desk

Pakistani National Security Advisor Mahmud Ali Durrani's dismissal once again demonstrates the lack of coordination in the country's government and military. The military is a significant and perhaps decisive force in Pakistan. For years, the Pakistan Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) has been referred to as a "country within a country." The agency only reports to the government on select cases.

Pakistan Intelligence Interagency is said to support the radical Taliban movement. This accusation was reiterated in a recent Human Rights Watch report. The report says the agency has provided the Taliban with clothes, ammunition and training. Experts say the recent disbanding of the agency's political wing in no way affected or reduced its influence on domestic or international affairs. The agency gathers data both inside the country and abroad. Durrani's dismissal was the result of the recent terrorist attacks in Mumbai (Bombay), India. For the second straight month, the attacks have been a cause for concern for India. This is unsurprising as the attacks led to the deaths of over 170 people with 240 wounded.

The terrorists attacked Mumbai during the day at the Taj Mahal and Trident Oberoi hotels, as well as the Nariman House Jewish residential complex.

India suspected the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Tayba organization of being involved in the incident.

International observers believe the Pakistan Inter-Services Intelligence is linked to Lashkar-e-Tayba. Sources in India say 10 terrorists who were involved in the attack were trained in Pakistan.

Until recently, Pakistan has denied all charges, asserting that it had nothing to do with the incident. A month ago, Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari said Pakistan was in no way connected to the terrorist attacks in Mumbai. Furthermore, Pakistani officials refuse to extradite individuals suspected of participating in the attack to India. Islamabad has also refused to organize a joint commission to investigate the attacks, justifying this by saying that Pakistanis should be judged by the Pakistani government - and no other nation. Pakistan's behavior hints that the country may not be completely innocent. However, until recently, the government has managed to keep its statements consistent and claimed not to have been involved in the attacks.

Everything went according to plan until Wednesday, 1.5 months after the attacks in Mumbai. National Security Adviser and Pakistan's former Ambassador to Washington Durrani admitted for the first time that the only terrorist to have survived the attacks, Muhammad Adjmal Kasab, is Pakistani. "On the same day, the national security adviser was dismissed for giving an interview to media outlets on national security issues without consulting the prime minister," Pakistani PM Yusuf Rza Gilani said in a statement.

It's unclear what forced him to make the statement almost two months after the attacks. The reason may have been that India offered a report of its investigations into the incident to Pakistan a day earlier. The 100-page report has concrete evidence of Pakistan's participation in the attacks, detailing calls and conversations with the terrorists. In these conversations, the terrorists received instructions about their further actions.

The evidence left no room for Pakistan to negate its role in the attacks. However, the national security adviser's dismissal after he confirmed that the only terrorist to survive is Pakistani creates the impression that Pakistan still hopes to convince the international community of its innocence. Regardless, the Pakistani government must work with the international community to limit the Pakistan Inter-Services Intelligence's influence on domestic affairs. Unless an agreement is reached between state structures, officials and intelligence units, there will never be stability in Pakistan or South Asia.

It is unlikely that these events will lead to a military conflict between India and Pakistan, although Pakistan openly stated its readiness to engage in a conflict in December. No one needs a new conflict. Wars cost money and with the looming global financial crisis, money is short, and launching a war is a rash act. The insufficient financing would surely favor the destabilizing forces inside Pakistan such as the Taliban.

However, if Pakistani troops are cast into a war with India, control over the border regions where the Taliban is located will become more difficult. Starting a war with India will mean giving the Taliban a chance to create an Islamic state in Pakistan. Indeed, the new Pakistani government has not had enough time to strengthen itself.

Since gaining independence in 1947, India and Pakistan have been in constant military confrontation in the Kashmir and Jamma regions. The conflicts are rarely reconciled. But launching a war would be unwise for the unstable region at the moment and the countries' officials know this fully well.India's Defense Minister Arakkaparambil Kurian Antony said his country does not plan any military actions against Pakistan. His Pakistani counterpart said the same about India.

"Pakistan does not want a war," said Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi. "We want peace and stability in the region."

Have any feedback? Contact our journalist at: [email protected]

Volume of transshipment of goods from Turkmenistan through  ports of Turkey revealed
Volume of transshipment of goods from Turkmenistan through ports of Turkey revealed
South Korean companies invited to enter Turkmen market more actively
South Korean companies invited to enter Turkmen market more actively
Turkmen MFA opens tender for supply of technical equipment
Turkmen MFA opens tender for supply of technical equipment
Loading Bars
Latest
Austria orders curfew, restaurant closures to fight COVID surge
It’s battle between us and Armenia, and everybody should stay away from that - President of Azerbaijan
Nagorno Karabakh is not a matter of resources, it is a matter of justice, national pride and international law - President of Azerbaijan
I’ve been asking question where has Armenia the money from to do this war for month, no answer - President Aliyev
Only way to stop war is for Armenia to stop - President Ilham Aliyev
President Aliyev on journalist's statement on Turkish soldies: You saw them in Baku, you didn’t see them in battle
Volume of transshipment of goods from Turkmenistan through ports of Turkey revealed
President Aliyev in answer to journalist's question on democracy: We look how in Europe you beat protesters
The fact that three times we agreed for ceasefire demonstrates our will to resolve this issue by political means - President of Azerbaijan
We were the subject of ethnic cleansing. We didn’t do any ethnic cleansing against Armenians - President Aliyev
We liberate territories not with bombs, we liberate territories with our fighters which take one village, one city after another - President Aliyev
We are restoring justice and implementing UN Security Council resolutions which were on paper for 27 years - President Aliyev
UK confirmed COVID-19 cases surge past one million mark
We changed realities. Now Armenia will have to take it into account - President of Azerbaijan
Polling process for the parliamentary elections ended
So far, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International was very aggressive against Azerbaijan - President Aliyev
The more we defend the more territories we liberate - President Ilham Aliyev
Our response was harsh, but Armenia deserved it - President Ilham Aliyev
WHO to transfer to Kyrgyzstan another humanitarian cargo for combating COVID-19
Iran says ready to send rescue teams to Turkey’s quake-hit area
Armenia's attempts to involve third parties in Karabakh conflict will remain unsuccessful - MFA
Armenia fired 218 missile strikes on settlements of Azerbaijan far from conflict zone to date
Armenian sabotage-reconnaissance group, military vehicles neutralized (VIDEO)
Iranian Energy Exchange announces products to be on sale November 1
Georgian CEC discloses voter turnout by 17 p.m.
Azerbaijani Prosecutor General's Office gives updates on civil casualties, damages as of Oct. 31
Volume of cargo transshipped from Azerbaijan through ports of Turkey revealed
2 killed in Iraqi military plane crash
Armenia shows disrespect for efforts of international mediators - Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry
Azerbaijani army does not use prohibited weapons - Defense Ministry
Azerbaijani army fully complies with all international norms - Ministry of Defense
Iran reveals its COVID-19 data for October 31
Uzbekistan’s 9M2020 carpet export down
Georgian CEC reveals voter turnout by 15 p.m.
Weekly review of Azerbaijan's precious metals market
Iran increases value of exports via Kerman Province
Armenia's attacks on civilians should be perceived as war crimes against humanity - Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry
Armenia shells Azerbaijani Tartar, Agdjabadi despite OSCE MG calls to respect ceasefire - MFA
17 religious monuments damaged as result of Armenian aggression, including churches
Azerbaijani president's aide says Armenia shelled civilian districts even during Geneva meetings
Azerbaijani army destroys military equipment, manpower of Armenian Armed Forces (VIDEO)
Armenian Armed Forces continue shelling Azerbaijani settlements - Defense Ministry
Azerbaijan confirms 547 more COVID-19 recoveries
President Ilham Aliyev expresses condolences to President Erdogan
Azerbaijan only restoring its territorial integrity, top official says
UzAuto Motors eyes expanding financing opportunities by issuing Eurobonds
Iran implements new limitations to prevent COVID-19
Georian CEC introduces media with the information about voter turnout for 12:00
Armenia deliberately burns down forests in Shusha - Azerbaijani president's aide
Tehran city council calls for extending lockdown
Uzbekistan int’l consulting organizations to transform large state-owned enterprises
Iran to inject new foreign currency package
VTB Bank (Azerbaijan) completes 9 months with profit
Military conflict in Karabakh drives Armenia to dead end - Russian edition
President Ilham Aliyev expresses condolences to Berna Yilmaz
Drilling operations in Iran's South Pars gas field to begin soon
Weekly review of Azerbaijani currency market
Russia warns Armenia about ban on import of tomatoes
Azerbaijani oil prices down
Russia responds to Pashinyan's appeal
Inflation coming down in Georgia - Finance Minister
Voting process at Georgian polling stations ongoing in peaceful environment - CEC
Kazakhstan’s KazTransOil opens tender for equipment repair services
Azerbaijani association talks importance of OSAGO insurance in country
Iran’s NICICO boosts its production
More people rescued from rubble in Turkish Izmir
Captured Armenian cleric admits his forced involvement in Karabakh clashes (VIDEO)
Azerbaijani president's aide voices his concern over tortures against elderly woman in Armenia
Azerbaijani 'A Audit and Consulting' LLC talks about slowdown in audit services' dev't
Armenia delivering phosphorus cargo to Khojavend creating basis for further provocations - MoD
Long term loans value surges in Kazakhstan year-on-year
Uzbekneftegaz announces tender for turboexpander unit supply
Voting in parliamentary elections in Georgia continues normally - Arzu Nagiyev (PHOTO)
Iran and Russia reach to agreement on construction of thermal power plant
Azerbaijani FM forwards his condolences to Turkish people due to Izmir earthquake
Ukraine reports record daily high new coronavirus cases
Uzbek oil and gas production dep’t announces tender for feasibility studies
Loan portfolio of Azerbaijan AFB Bank grows
Elections proceeding peacefully, no serious violations so far in Georgia - Interior Ministry
President Ilham Aliyev interviewed by German ARD TV channel (PHOTO)
Uzbek-Korean Uz-Kor Gas Chemical to buy radiant tubes via tender
Uzbekistan’s Ministry of Innovative Development to buy light vehicles via tender
South Korean companies invited to enter Turkmen market more actively
Azerbaijani FM, ICRC Director General meet to discuss current situation in Karabakh
Armenia's barbaric crimes tantamount to actions of fascists - Mikhail Zabelin (PHOTO)
Reports about shelling of Shusha by Azerbaijani army - another lie, MoD says
Azerbaijan's largest loans share falls on household sector
Azerbaijan's PM meets Pakistani ambassador
Armenian reports on missile attack on Khankendi by Azerbaijani army - lie, says MoD
Azerbaijan develops website to fight spread of Armenian fake news
Presence of PKK terrorists in ranks of Armenian Armed Forces - fact, says aide to Azerbaijani president
Iran reveals value of fishery products exported from Gilan Province
Turkmen MFA opens tender for supply of technical equipment
October conscription for active military service ends in Azerbaijan
Georgia reports 1,673 new coronavirus cases
Uzbekistan reveals its COVID-19 data for October 31
Georgia decreases export to Kazakhstan amid COVID-19
Turkmenistan, Denmark's Haldor Topsoe continue discussions on gasoline plant construction
Azerbaijani-Iranian border outposts reopen after being liberated from Armenian occupation
Some international organizations silent on crimes committed by Armenia - expert
All news