OBL’s death: Did the US threat work? Is it going to reap benefits in near future?

Not many people like The Friday Times’ editor Najam Sethi especially on LUBP. I am not too much of a fan of his commentary but his weekly paper does come up with some information that gives insights to the thinking taking place. This Friday’s edition contained a small passage in their column called “Such Gup”, which raised quite an eyebrow. It goes like this:

In his own words

A close advisor of President Obama addressed a seminar in London recently where officials from the Pakistan High Commission were also present. The advisor spoke about threats emanating from Pakistani soil to the US and Americans, as in the case of the botched bombing of Times Square, New York, by Faisal Shehzad, a Pakistani-American. The official from the Pakistan High Commission said that much discontent had to do with Drone attacks in the Tribal Areas and the killing of civilians. Obama’s advisor would have none of it. The US will do whatever it takes to protect Americans, he said. Then added, “Your military have admitted that most targets of the Drones are terrorists” and went on to state that “we will destroy you” if there is a successful terror attack in the US emanating from Pakistani soil. “We will destroy you”. Those were his words.


Now let’s link a few of the recent events in our strategic alliance. The appointment of General David Petraeus as CIA Chief, General Kayani’s speech at the Martyr’s Monument that echoed “protection of our Ghairat” and then today’s killing of Osama Bin Laden.

Has our Army and ISI begun to realize that this dilly dallying will not go on for long? If the threat in a public forum in London by an Obama Advisor to officials of Pakistan High Commission (with my understanding that Defence Attaché being the target of the very open threat) is to be taken seriously by those who manage our security, then we can expect the war on terror to progress at a fast pace going forward with more and more result oriented actions taking place.

As far as Pakistan is concerned, my Arab friend asked me this morning if Pakistan is going to suffer because of OBL’s killing? I simply responded, we have been suffering when he was alive but we have shown resilience throughout. Maybe this will be a tipping point in the war on terror and we are able to get somewhere.



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