US doubts Pak peace deal with Taliban, FATA extremists

April 29th, 2008 - 12:02 pm ICT by admin  

Pervez Musharraf

Washington, Apr 29 (ANI): The recent peace deal signed by Pakistan with the Taliban and other dissident elements in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) is being seen with skepticism in the US, where many claim that it wont succeed.

The new Pakistani leaders will have no more luck with this effort than President Pervez Musharraf did, and they should develop a military fallback plan to prepare for the time when this deal falls apart, said an editorial published in the New York Times.

The paper pointed out that the Bush administration does not like the deal, but its own policy failure is undeniable.

While it is not surprising that the new government is trying to set its own course, it is also true that while battling extremists, Musharraf and the US showed a lack of concern for civilian casualties.

The Pakistani leader never tried to explain why it was in his countrys interest to fight at all. It was always Washingtons war, said the paper.

The new democratic government so far has exceeded expectations: rival politicians are cooperating and they have promised to lift media restrictions and make other needed reforms. It deserves Washingtons support and some time to find its way. American officials need to work quietly with the new government to lay the ground for a new military strategy, should the peace agreement unravel. And it needs to do a lot more to help strengthen Pakistans democracy and improve the lives of ordinary Pakistanis, the Daily Times quoted the NYT editorial as saying. (ANI)

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