After Russians and Americans, now it is Pakistan that has a covetous eye on the trillion-dollar untapped national resources under the belly of bleak and barren land of Afghanistan. The strategic depth policy, the much sung and hyped in Pakistani media being propagated by Pakistan’s ISPR (Inter Services Public Relations) is just a fiasco and misguided concoction because now Pakistan is a nuclear power and there would not be war with India, then in such a case ‘strategic depth policy’ which initially was termed ‘Afghan forward policy’ when Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, Gen. Tikka Khan and Naseerullah Baber set to devise the strategy how to pave way for to be engaged in Afghanistan, this policy was devised. It was when Sardar Mohammad Daud was in power here in Kabul while Bhutto there in Islamabad. Since then Pakistan has attempted to remain engaged in Afghan affairs under one pretext or the other. It was the conjoint intrigue of Washington and Islamabad that played a ploy in daring the then USSR to attack Afghanistan. For the US it was an opportunity of giving its Vietnam War and for Pakistan it was an opportunity not to let Afghanistan to stand on its feet, to install pro-Islamabad puppets in Kabul and to get hold on its natural resources. Though Pakistan has been at a state of denial about its deadly engagement in Afghan affairs however the other day, Zaid Hamid, a self-proclaimed defence analyst, who is a highly controversial person and a persona non grata in an interview to Iran’s Press TV teemed out a string of long denied realities by Pakistani officials while at the same time spoke out some derogatory remarks regarding Afghanistan. Pakistan’s ISI by this day has never accepted officially that Islamabad has had any covert part in Afghan crisis. Nonetheless this ex-guy of ISI confessed this long-denied fact and overtly said that ‘yes’ since coming into existence Pakistan has remained involved in Afghanistan.
He was right when he said that Pakistan’s ISI was involved in Afghanistan even before the invasion of the USSR. He rightly pointed out that Pakistan has its eyes on the natural gas in Shiberghan, and emeralds in Panjsher as these things have had brought the USSR and now the US. But he not only distorted a historical fact but showed his political insanity by saying that Afghanistan has been an integral part of Pakistan. How that’s possible when Pakistan is just 63 years old while Afghanistan has a history of more three than three thousand years. It is an aberrant act of naked intellectual attack on Afghanistan that should immediately be stopped, and gone are the days of the Taliban when Pakistani media used to call Afghanistan the fifth province of Pakistan. Zaid’s another act of defunct gibberish was when he said that all Pashtuns are Taliban and all Taliban are Pashtuns. As Pashtuns are living on both the sides of the Durand Line therefore Pakistan owns the right to interfere in Afghanistan. Instead of bleating this derogatory and facts distorting talk he should have thanked Afghanistan that provides an identity base to Pakistan.
Pakistan should remain indebted to Afghanistan as it were the Afghans who raised Muslim flags on the Indian sub-continent and led to the creation of Pakistan. Had Afghans not ruled India for centuries, Pakistan would not have taken birth. Moreover if Afghans history is expurgated from Pakistani text and history books, Pakistan would loss its identity, for it is still at crossroads over its identity. Sometimes it takes its roots to Arabs and sometimes it attempts to prove its lineage with Afghans. Then it should reconsider over its history and cogitate for a while ‘who belongs to whom’ and whose identity provide basis for who’s identity. Leaving aside all other matters, Pakistan has kept its missile names after our heroes such as it named its missile after Shahabuddin Ghori. It is because Pakistan has no identity and no heroes. Even Mohammad Ali Jinnah, Allama Iqbal, Sayyed Ahmad Khan, and others were born as Indians and not Pakistanis and even when Pakistan came into being its first governor general Mohammad Ali was reluctant to sell his auspicious bungalow at Mumbai. With that background, to claim that Afghanistan belongs to Pakistan is not only ridiculous but an open aggression.
Source: Afghanistan Times