This month’s winner of the coveted Captain Louis Renault Award goes to Pakistan’s military, which again delayed the elusive offensive into North Waziristan. The Pakistani military claims it doesn’t have enough resources to throw at the problem, and it is miffed at President Obama’s visit to India. From The Telegraph:
But Pakistan military chiefs say they are unable to open a fresh front while they are still heavily committed to operations elsewhere in the country’s lawless border regions.
Barack Obama’s recent support for India’s UN bid has compounded Pakistan’s fears over its rival’s designs in Afghanistan.
“The main reason is that they would need about three divisions to be successful, and there would be political and terrorist attacks to deal with,” said a military official.
“How many more problems can Pakistan cope with?
“On top of that, Obama’s recent trip to India is rather unhelpful and has dampened any enthusiasm there might have been.”
Oddly enough, this report broke the day after General Petraeus said that Pakistan finally understands that North Waziristan is a real threat. From AFP:
The top US commander in Afghanistan said Tuesday that Pakistan recognised the need to take more action against insurgents in tribal regions from which they can attack Nato forces over the border.
“They recognise the need for more operations in North Waziristan,” General David Petraeus said at a university lecture in Paris in which he gave an update on the Nato alliance’s campaign to defeat the Taliban in Afghanistan.
Washington considers Pakistan’s tribal belt, which borders Afghanistan, an Al Qaida headquarters and the most dangerous place on earth, but Pakistan has resisted US demands for a ground offensive against insurgents there.
Petraeus said Pakistani security forces had “conducted very impressive counter-insurgency operations” but more needed to be done in the tribal belt, where US drones launch deadly attacks on suspected insurgent bases.
For more than a year, we’ve been hearing that the Pakistani military is on the cusp of moving into North Waziristan. But Pakistani officials have been pushing the fiction of an ongoing stealth offensive in North Waziristan to stave off the US pressure.
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