27 September, 2020

Bull's Eye

"But the crackdown proves America's strong influence over Musharraf!" "No," he said. "The crackdown exposes America's weak influence over Musharraf!"

Bull's Eye
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The other day I ran into an American think-tank specialist on Pakistan. I said: "America must be glad, at last Musharraf has cracked down on the jehadis in Lal Mosque!"

"No," he said. "America is sad Musharraf has cracked down on the jehadis in Lal Mosque!"

"But the crackdown proves America’s strong influence over Musharraf!" "No," he said. "The crackdown exposes America’s weak influence over Musharraf!"

"Musharraf accepted your advice," I protested.

"No, Musharraf always rejected our advice! He refused to act against the jehadis whenever we asked him to," he said.

"You mean Musharraf ordered the crackdown without any external pressure?" "No, I mean Musharraf ordered the crackdown under China’s pressure. He did for China what he refused to do for us!"

"Well, see the silver lining. At least China is now fighting the war against terror to help America!" "No," he said. "China is helping the war against terror to harm America!"

"But you just said China wants to curb the jehadis of the Lal Mosque!"...

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