Indian troops in Afghanistan is the only viable solution to counter Pakistani machinations.
Pakistani journalist Ahmed Rashid says that al-Qaeda conducted these Mumbai attacks through the Lashkar-e-Toiba with a strategic aim.
It is a military strategic objective to get the army out of Bajour and stop the US from stepping in. If tensions between India and Pakistan escalate, the army will be moved to the Indian border, as happened in 2002. After the attacks on the Parliament House in Delhi, India built up troops on the border. Pakistan responded by moving its army from the Afghanistan border to the Indian one. And al-Qaeda had a free run of FATA. They are looking to repeat the exercise.
Now come news reports that if there is escalation in tension with India, “NATO and the US command have been told that Pakistan would not be able to concentrate on the war on terror and against militants around the Afghanistan border as defending its borders with India was far more important”.
If this sounds like an intractable situation that puts India in a bind, then the answer to this conundrum lies in the prescription provided by The Acorn–
…an Indian strategic response ought to focus on Afghanistan, and its border with Pakistan. That theatre is a key front in the global war on terror—and India’s own.
Help thy neighbour! After all, this agrees with the Zardari school of thinking that India and Pakistan are threatened by the same forces of terror.
This blogger has held a view similar to The Acorn for a long time. Sending our troops to Afghanistan remains the only viable response from the Indian state to finish this scourge of terrorism that afflicts the Indian mainland.