Experts skeptical about “lasting success” of Pak army’s offensive against TalibanMay 2nd, 2009 - 6:26 pm ICT by ANI
Lahore, May 2 (ANI): The Pakistani Army may be hoping to flush out the Taliban from the North West Frontier Province (NWFP) after they initiated an offensive against the extremists earlier this week, experts believe that in the absence of political will, the hopes of sanitizing the region completely from the terror threat may not achieve lasting success.
Experts also believe that the success of the military offensive depends solely on Pakistan Government’s will to tackle the issue and to send the army into the Taliban’s stronghold to wipe out them.
They believe that the operation might be yet another hogwash that the world has been witnessing from Islamabad since years now.
“If they are serious, they will have to go back into Swat. Is this going to be another case where they push them back, allow them to regroup later and reemerge at a different point, or will they go on to eliminate them?” questions the author of Descent into Chaos: The United States and the Failure of Nation Building in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Central Asia, Ahmed Rashid.
Experts are also skeptical about Pakistan holding on to the regions if they eventually succeed in taking them back from the extremists.
“This is not a stable game - how many times does the Army go in and win and then later retreat?” The CS Monitor quoted a South Asia expert at RAND Corporation Christine Fair, as saying.
Fair also questions the government’s ability to look after pro-government elements that are later left to the mercy of the Taliban.
Even if the military succeeds in gaining control of the region, there would a pressing need of governance and reforms thereafter which the government will have to address otherwise the situation would again be back to square one. (ANI)
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