Jinnah Institute's report on Afghanistan has been criticized by several anti-military establishment scholars.
Source: Pakistan Blogzine
Related post: Liberal face of religious bigotry: A response to Jinnah Institute – by Farhat Taj
According to a recent report by the Sherry Rehman-led Jinnah Institute in Pakistan, Pakistan foreign policy elite propose giving Taliban control of Pashtuns and Afghanistan.
Title of the report: Pakistan, the United States and the End Game in Afghanistan
Sub-title: Perceptions of Pakistan’s Foreign Policy Elite. wow. ‘elites’!
It is commonly known that Pakistan’s urban elites are an extension of the almighty Military Establishment, just like their right wing jihadi colleagues.
Sherry Rehman’s Foreign Policy Elites include some patent friends of ISI: Gen Asad Durrani, Ejaz Haider, Nasim Zehra, Hamid Mir, Cyril Almeida, AVM Shahzad Chaudhry, Brig Shaukat Qadir, Brig Mohammad Shah, Ahmer Bilal Soofi, Ayaz Wazir, Tariq Fatemi, Brig Mohsin Haider, Tanvir A. Khan, Gen Khalid Maqbool, Rustam Shah Mohmand, Brig Saad.
Further interviews: Gen Athar Abbas, Prof Khurshid Ahmed, Ahsan Iqbal, Gen Jahangir Karamat, Khurshid Kasuri, Wasim Sajjad, Najam Sethi, Mullah Ataur Rehman (JUI-F)
All the kings men and all kings horses advising Jinnah Institute on how to best pursue Pakistan’s foreign policy?
Perhaps Sherry Rehman could also ask these ISI-men/women about their views on the PPP, ZAB, BB and Asif Zardari?
For a change, why doesn’t Sherry R’s Jinnah Institute pay some attention to the on going Baloch and Shia genocide by the army/ISI and their jihadi/sectarian proxies?
According to Farhat Taj:
The overwhelming majority of the elite who participated in discussions and interviews for the report, includes people who are linked with the military establishment of Pakistan and have a track record of producing and promoting outright lies or distorted information about the Pakhtun in the media and research in line with the military establishment’s strategic depth policy in Afghanistan. As a mark of tokenism, the Jinnah Institute included a tribal journalist in the elite without paying any attention to the fact whether or not a tribal journalist could freely express himself with a group of people so closely linked with the same establishment that has imposed death and destruction on his tribal homeland — all those tribal journalists who have dared to expose the state terror in FATA have been killed. A representative of the Pakhtun nationalist ANP has been interviewed, but it seems his views have been thoroughly censored: there is nothing in the report that concurs with the ANP stance about the future set up in Afghanistan, especially in terms of the terror sanctuaries implanted in FATA by the military establishment and their role in the future Afghan set up.
In her commentary on the report published in Daily Beast, Sherry Rehman proudly writes:
The recent Jinnah Institute–United States Institute of Peace report, Pakistan, the United States and the End Game in Afghanistan, aims at seeking clarity and motive in Pakistan’s current outlook toward Afghanistan, its strategic interests, and the implications of how it pursues them. Given Pakistan’s centrality to peace in the region, in the context of an unstable strategic relationship between the U.S. and Pakistan, the articulation of a cogent policy view that includes civil society and state representation in Pakistan bears value for anyone looking to secure a successful transition in Afghanistan.
Intellectual capital on foreign policy is not hard to generate in Pakistan. The challenge lies in connecting the dots and obtaining big-tent representation. The report’s findings are based on several discussions with a wide spectrum of Pakistan’s foreign-policy elite—retired civilian and military officials, analysts, journalists, and civil-society practitioners—with established expertise on Afghanistan and knowledge of the modalities of policymaking in the U.S. It also takes on board the views of senior politicians from all frontline parties as well as the military’s official spokesperson.
The idea was also to find how Pakistan can best pursue its interests in the changing Afghanistan endgame calculus, and what policies the U.S., India, and other regional actors would have to pursue for Pakistani objectives to be met. Pakistan’s goals matter because whichever way one looks at it, either as builder or spoiler, Pakistan is key to durable stability in Afghanistan.
Key themes of @SherryRehman’s Jinnah Institute’s report on Afghanistan:
- Mullah Omar and Mullah Jalluddin Haqqani represent Pashtuns. According to the report: “main Afghan Taliban factions—Mullah Omar’s group and Haqqani network” must be a part of Afghan govt! (Farhat Taj notes that the report presents the Pakhtun and the Taliban as a synonym and argues for the accommodation in the future Afghan government set up of those fringe elements of the wider Pakhtun society, the Haqqani Taliban and Mullah Omar’s Quetta Shura, all of which are hardly anything more than proxies of the military establishment of Pakistan.)
- Hazara, Tajik, other ethnic minorities are not worthy of much attention. They are Iranian agents.
- Foreign policy is an exclusive territory of military establishment & their liberal elite friends.
- Shia genocide in Af-Pak by Taliban/Haqqanis is not worthy of any attention. No future for Shias in Afghanistan. Mazar-e-Sharif and Bamiyan massacres never took place. (Why is Sherry Rehman uncritically supporting same Haqqni Taliban who have massacred hundreds of Toori Shias and other Pashtuns in the last several years?)
- There is an increasing rift between Pakistan army & ‘people’ (?) because of US operation in Afghanistan.
- Pashtun nationalist voices (e.g. ANP, other secular parties) are not to be trusted in Afghan policy
- According to Sherry Rehman’s report, U.S. military operations in Afghanistan is deepening the state-society rift within Pakistan. (Viva ISI proxies, do the military establishment, their urban liberal and right wing proxies represent Pakistani society?)
- According to Sherry R’s ISI-inspired report, “govt in Kabul should not be antagonistic to Pakistan nor allow its territory against Pak interests.” (Farhat Taj notes that the elite is using the notion of the ‘not antagonistic to Pakistan’ government in Afghanistan to camouflage the notion of strategic depth in Afghanistan.)
- Hamid Karzai is an Indian and CIA agent.
- Liberal face of military establishment: According to Farhat Taj, the saddest part of the report is that Sherry Rehman, the liberal face of Pakistan, has undertaken an exercise that provided a ‘liberal mask’ to the essentially anti-people totalitarian policy of strategic depth rooted in religious bigotry and state terrorism. (However, this was not entirely unexpected of her given her recent activities and collaboration with Nasim Zehra and other lackeys of the military establishment in the so called Citizens for Democracy (CFD) network. )
- In the entire report, there is no mention of Shia genocide by the Taliban (including the Haqqani network) of Hazara Shias in Afghansitan and Pakistan and Toori Shias in Kurram agency.
- In the entire report, there is only one mention of Afghanistan’s Hazara ethnic Shias and Tajiks, which is: “Iranian support for Hazaras and Tajiks is limiting Pakistan’s ability to reach out to non-Pashtun groups.” (p.37). This part was so obviously written by Ejaz Haider (‘the Hazaras of Quetta are Iranian agents’ fame) and other notorious lackeys of the ISI.
- The report serves to reinforce and justify Pakistan’s already flawed policy on Afghanistan. It is clearly aimed at justifying the military establishment’s long-standing (short-sighted) strategic depth policy on Afghanistan that has brought nothing but destruction to the Pakhtun and other communities in Pakistan and Afghanistan, and has created religious bigotry in both countries.
The Jinnah Institute report is clearly a waste of time and money (including Rs.50 million grant by PM Gilani). A junior section officer in Foreign Office or Aabpara could provide a similar dossier in less than two-week salary.