Obama’s plan and its inference on Pakistan

President Obama finally disclosed the long awaited plan by the new US administration in December at the United States Military Academy at west point. President Obama revealed the new war strategy for Afghanistan where the future us Engagements were laid out so that the US can have a successful end to a lengthy and costly war.

On the whole the new plan is narrowed and limited to what the US efforts in future will be in Afghanistan. The main US strategy is to break apart and defeat Al-Qaida through adopting a threefold approach, military, civilian and successful partnership with Pakistan. Under the military strategy the Obama administration

The main US strategy is to break apart and defeat Al-Qaida through adopting a threefold approach,  military: civilian and successful partnership with Pakistan

will  be deploying 30,000 troops in the southern parts of Afghanistan Helmand and Kandahar. These troops will be stationed in Afghanistan for a timeframe of eighteen months after which troop’s withdrawal will begin from July 2011. The troops are sent for improving security situation in Afghanistan, which according to General Mcchrystal has reached beyond havoc. However, it is yet to be seen that to what extent President obama has also asked the north Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) allies and other countries for their cooperation in fighting xtremists.

President Obama reassured Americans that the plan serves their interest and their sacrifices are worth as they focus on two important issues: The US interests in Afghanistan and region: and the raised cost of resources. Obama wants rebuild a balancing economy, lost due to past wrong Policies. They are not ignoring the additional costs of wars they are involved in. A rough estimate of the new war plan is said to cost $30 billion for just military part this year. On withdrawal part president Obama left the troops withdrawal pronouncement unclear in terms of the total number of troops who would leave and how many would stay and whether the withdrawal pace would be gradual or speedy etc. Obama administration has left some control with Gen. McChrystal over the composition and amount of whatever resources required for implementing new plan. Though, how the huge amount of resources will be used is not revealed yet.

The Obama administration hopes to build transitional grounds with their military efforts to arrive at the civilian stage of strategy. While the set timeframe and “no blank check” without expected deliverance serves the future civilian approach of new plan, which is to push the Afghan government and officials in realizing their responsibilities instead of dully depending on the U.S, who will not fight an endless war. It also raises questions with “what if” that particularly is in the minds of people of Pakistan. Attaining success on the civilian side in Afghanistan seems to be a utopian idea and is too soon to predict mainly within the planned timeframe, especially when the institutional and governmental instability with corrupt framework is known every where!

The new plan also did not reveal on how the US will be handling the civilian ineffectiveness and governmental challenges in Afghanistan. Keeping in mind the past governance, it create doubt about President Karzai and his government’s abilities in handling the pressure and coming up with such policies that could lead towards resolving the problems in Afghanistan. It is also questionable whether Afghan government and sub-national governments could match with those of the US efforts and demands in arriving at the solutions. Therefore, it indicates less concern and commitment and uncertainty on part of the Obama administration towards both Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Among the crucial challenges that Afghan civilian officials needs to address is to ensure security and demolish Taliban and Al-Qaida. Although, there have been talks going for reconciliation of Taliban along with the military efforts but what if time limit dampens these efforts. Taliban have also threatened to dismantle peace process if foreign troops fail the leave Afghanistan. Taliban insurgents fired back at US decision of increasing troop’s deployment in Afghanistan with more fierce death. Particularly, when Taliban are aware of the fact that the US will not stay in their country forever, and it is Taliban who will live in Afghanistan once the Us withdraws. They might drag the war and grab the opportunity when it arrives to regain their lost autonomous status. To gain such beneficial positions it is possible that the reconciliated Talibans can rejoin with the extremists in the post US situation for their survival.

Fighting insurgency cannot be achieved in limited time, chiefly when it has spread across the border and

Pakistan needs to have more clarity on the implementation methods of the new US policy. President Obama left the troops withdrawal pronouncement unclear in terms of the total number of troops who would leave and how many would stay and whether the withdrawal pace would be gradual or speedy etc.

in the region. If the US is not in Afghanistan then it will add more pressure and instability on neighboring Pakistan. It is already known that whatever happens in Afghanistan, Pakistan would be affected by it. Therefore, the third factor of Obama’s war strategy to have a committed partnership with Pakistan, which was too narrow in the past, raises agitation among Pakistani’s. Pakistan needs to have more clarity on the implementation methods of the new US policy. With no mention of porous border security and Pakistan’ concerns when more troops will be deployed in the volatile southern parts of Afghanistan, there are apprehensions that it might increase cross-border infiltration of insurgents escaping into Pakistan from Afghanistan.

On the one hand the Obama administration soothes Pakistani Government and society with long effective partnership while on the other it once again delivered the hard stance to Pakistan on providing the alleged safe havens to extremists. The US objectives of cutting down their resources in Afghanistan are for pressurizing and targeting Pakistan. There are doubts among the US administration on Pakistan’s ability to target insurgents and handling the situation at home. The speech left unclear the extent to which their future involvement in Pakistan will be. It is important to understand that how far Pakistan’s security and autonomy will be compromised when the US alleges that Al-Qaida home is Pakistan and not Afghanistan. Just few days after the appraisal of  Pakistan efforts in countering insurgents in Sawat and south Wazirstan by President OBama, it was again asked to do more. These developments are causing anxiety in Pakistan.

The US administration also holds an option of changing the tactics, if by July 2011 they fail to reach their goals. But the question is what those other ways could be? How much pressure and apprehension it will build on Pakistan, especially when the new plan is unclear the policy makers in Pakistan needs to be alert and come up with rational decisions that can check on the possibilities of witnessing more drone attacks in its already vulnerable parts of NWFP and Balochistan. As of now the US has talked bout withdrawing ground troops while marines and its air force with drone attacks remains, which would be more damaging. Steps are needed to stop illegal border crossings to control the future domestic setbacks.

An alarming situation in the post-US Afghanistan could arise for Pakistan in form of increased Indian involvement. This will create more troubles for Pakistan as chance of Karzai administration aligning with India once again would complicate Pakistan-India relations and develop strong foothold of India in Afghnistan. From Afghan soil India can easily continue to create disturbances in Pakistan. These future developments would severely affect the already weakened economy and political instability of Pakistan leading to growing domestic restlessness.So far, the Obama administration’s new war strategy is

And alarming situation the pst-US Afghanistan could arise for Pakistan in the form of increased Indian involvement. This will create more troubles for Pakistan as chances of Karzai administration aligning with India once again would complicate Pakistan-india relations.

Mainly unchanged expect for it has shown clarity on their exit point from Afghanistan. The policy reflects more of a Pakistan policy than an Afghanistan one, as more US engagements in Pakistan are expected. Basically, what the US is hoping, is to have an Iraq like solution of a gradual transition starting from provincial to national level where security control can then be transferred to Afghans and then the US would then be more focused to pursue its agenda in Pakistan.

Asad Gorsi
Braodcast Engineer


Black water classified secret?


 I love Black because Black is not a color strictly speaking. It is the absence of all color. When people speak of opposites, it is usually in terms of black & white. It has come to mean hidden. It is linked to the unknown or the unseen.

I heard a news about US Black Water in Pakistan. So its became xited me to know about it then I started my search and I found a terrible face of US military strategy and Black water or Xe. First I would like to share some information source from wikipidia.

Xe Services LLC  is a private military company founded in 1997 by Erik Prince and Al Clark. In October 2007, the company was renamed Blackwater Worldwide and was colloquially referred to as “Blackwater”. The company announced on February 13, 2009, that it would operate under the new name “Xe”.

Based in the U.S. of North Carolina, Xe operates a tactical training facility which the company claims is the world’s largest, and at which the company trains more than 40,000 people a year, mostly from U.S. or foreign military and police services. The training consists of military offensive and defensive operations, as well as smaller scale personal security.source from wikipidia.

 These all information collected and searched  from different sites

(In the late 1990s Erik  spent part of his inherited wealth to purchase about 6,000 acres of the Great Dismal Swamp, a vast wetland area on the North Carolina/Virginia border, now mostly a national preserve. Here he created his state-of-the-art private training facility, and his contracting company—Blackwater—is named for the peat-colored water of the swamp. Blackwater USA was formed to provide training support to military and law enforcement organizations. Overall, the company has received over US$1 billion in government contracts. Blackwater consists of nine divisions, and a subsidiary, Blackwater Vehicles.


Blackwater Worldwide has played a substantial role during the Iraq War as a contractor for the United States government. Blackwater has been paid more than $320 million out of a $1 billion, five-year State Department budget for the Worldwide Personal Protective Service, which protects U.S. officials and some foreign officials in conflict zones. In 2006, Blackwater won the renumerative contract to protect the U.S. embassy in Iraq, the largest American embassy in the world. It is estimated by the Pentagon and company representatives that there are 20,000 to 30,000 armed security contractors working in Iraq, and some estimates are as high as 100,000, though no official figures exist. Of the State Department’s dependence on private contractors like Blackwater for security purposes, U.S. ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker told the U.S. Senate: “There is simply no way at all that the State Department’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security could ever have enough full-time personnel to staff the security function in Iraq. There is no alternative except through contracts.”

There are a variety of ongoing controversies involving Blackwater Worldwide that are not in direct relation to their specific and individual operations for the U.S. government. However, their role in their work is the factor of these controversies.

in December 2006, an Iraqi politician, Ayham al-Samarie, escaped from a prison in Iraq, where he was awaiting trial for 12 criminal corruption cases. Blackwater, which he had hired for protection before his arrest, allegedly helped him escape. He said from Dubai he would return to the United States as he hadn’t broken any U.S. laws and had fled Iraq because he feared he would be killed or kidnapped. He arrived in Chicago on January 9, claiming that an Iraqi judge had ordered his release, he feared being killed if he stayed in jail, and U.S. officials had assured him he would not be extradited to Iraq.

On September 22, 2007, U.S. federal prosecutors announced an investigation into allegations that Blackwater employees may have smuggled weapons into Iraq, and that these weapons may have been later transferred to the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), a Kurdish nationalist group designated a terrorist organization by the United States, NATO and the EU. The U.S. government was investigating Blackwater for these alleged crimes. On October 4, 2007, the FBI took over the investigation.

According to Prince, he stated in September 2007 that there was a “rush to judgment” about Blackwater, due to “inaccurate information”.)

These all information collected and searched by myself from different sites but questions are still remains if US establishment, Policy makers and military leaders funding world largest private security compny BSC for what and their program was kept secret from Congress L. The program is still kept a a classified secret from the American people. Yet Blackwater and the CIA saw no problem with telling foreign mercenaries about it. The criminal conspircy has leaked out. It seems that Blackwater planned to subcontract out pieces of the assasination plot to foreign mercenaries and agents. The justification for this was that you wouldn’t want to have American fingerprints on it”  its being the assassination plot, because assassination is a crime. The CIA knew it was a crime. Blackwater knew it was a crime. Why aren’t the people involved in this criminal conspiracy being ordered to appear before open, public investigations by Congress? Why aren’t they being arrested and arraigned? Why does the program remain classified, if it really has been terminated? Why do US people have to rely upon anonymous government sources to tell them the version of events they want to tell them? What other criminal conspiracies has the CIA decided to keep secret from them? When there are crimes this serious in high offices of the federal government, and perhaps in the White House itself, the American people deserve to know the whole truth, and the perpetrators deserve to be brought to juctice.

 Moreover According to a recent Barack Husain Obama’s and his administration exposed and announced new military strategy has retained the services of the notorious Blackwater guards to carry out drone attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan, denoting no substantive distinction from the Bush administration’s use of Blackwater  now operating under the banner of Xe Services LLC  to carry out ’targeted assassinations’ in PAK AFG and Iraq. Bush administration hired Blackwater USA to carry out assassinations of alleged Al Qaeda operatives. In spite of Blackwater’s well established record of random killings of Iraqi civilians, the Obama administration has retained its services in Afghanistan. A new report reveals that Blackwater has been contracted to work with the unmanned marauder drones that carry out assassinations and terrorize villages in eastern and southern Afghanistan and the border regions of Pakistan.

It raises the an other question of where the US military apparently controlled by the elected representatives of the American people ends? The Obama administration has carried over from the Bush administration Blackwater’s critical role in the use of the remote controlled marauder drones that have killed many civilians in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The drones purported purpose is to assassinate Al Qaeda leaders. Their deployment in Pakistan is in clear violation of international law as the US has never declared war on the south asian state.

It has crystal clear that no substntive distenction between the Bush administration’s hiring of Blackwater to carry out targeted assassinations in Iraq with snipers and ambushes, and the Obama administration’s farming out to the military security firm its drone assassination program in the Pakistan theater, whose victims have consisted primarily of civilians.

Xe or Blackwater provides security to hidden bases in Pakistan and Afghanistan that carry out the drone attacks which have dramatically increased since Obama took office. Blackwater personnel also assemble and load Hellfire missiles and 500-pound laser-guided bombs work formerly carried out by the CIA. As every Pakistani know that CIA has launched its marauder attacks from a base in Shamsi Pakistan but has recently added a second secret base in Jalalabad, Afghanistan,. Most drone missions are now launched from Jalalabad, with CIA agents operating the attacks, and launching the missiles from Virginia.

Jawaid Choudhry xposed  from some our hidden military sources that University Town in Peshawar is the headquarter of Black Water in Pakistan. He also claims that Black Water people can been frequently seen in the area guarding vehicles and people, clad in black suits and black glasses. He also says that the biggest embassy of America in Islamabad having thousands of employees is just another Black Water plan. He also says that Black Water is operating in Pakistan under the cover of a NGO Creative Associates

If that is true, then what exactly is the purpose and objective of Black Water in Pakistan? What they are guarding or are they planning some kind of offensive? Our politicos are dead silent over that. Our parliament is a rubber stamp, and our president is as usual on foreign trips and our premier is all-time-confused. Our opposition is luke-warm and rest of the parties are plain hopeless. The only hope against any Black Water is our security forces and the people of this country, who are ready to shed every last drop of their blood for the motherland. May ALLAH S.T protect PAKISTAN. AMEN.


why does the CIA Black water criminal assassination plot remain a classified secret?

GHOSTS of (170 million People of PAKISTAN)


When I was thinking about today’s topic meanwhile light bhummmmm as per daily rotten electricity problem at the same time my sweet Tetli (Butterfly) came and called me , I could not identify her then hardly found her. She was feeling fear and said Mamo Bahoo(Ghost) I tried to comedown her, and told her a story about a nation’s Ghosts. Real ghosts of  170 million people.   

As soon as you open the television you become conscious that Peoples Party’s Chairman, and Presedent of Islami Jhamoriya Pakisatan Mr. Asif Ali Zardari, is either leaving or has already left Pakistan.   

I really wonder what he is running from. Pakistan’s existing confusion? Who’s actual cause is he him self and his so called party manifestos.   

After the elections, Mr. Zardari made several visits to USA, London, Saudi Arabia, Turky, Sweden and Dubai along with his own Jiyalys or personal jailbird friends. He does not even have time to justify his visits to the poor public who gave him the chance to be on this seat. “The only ministers” rather “ear-splitting amplifiers” in the party Mr. Rehman Malik keep explaining how busy he is looking after the part issues as well as his family. Busy in what? Family affairs? Or checking his properties, bank balance or for chill? 

Similarly Mr. Sharif also looking after Pakistan, while sitting in London Saudia or Dubai. He also does not have time to pay attention to the fundamental issues of country. Political and social Instability has already caused immeasurable loss to the poor people. 

Regardless of having several similarities between both of the leaders, they do not agree on numerous vital issues with each other. It might be the “Personal Grudge” which is keeping them distanced.  And why on earth Zardari will trust Sharif more than he can on Mr. Musharraf. During Mr. Sharif’s premiership, he initiated cases against Zardari and due to them he had to be in jail for eight years. But Musharraf not only released him from the jail but bestowed him with NRO. No wonder he trusts “the Iron Man” more that he does on Mr. Sharif. 

The most influential power in Pakistan these days is “Media”. These so called, news channels, journalists, analysts, anchors and media mafia have globally captured our political thoughts. Since most of Pakistani population is uneducated, they consider media the final authority.  In that scenario they are getting full advantage of the situation. Living example is Dr. Shahid Masood, who kept cursing every step taken by the former and existing government along with US policies towards Pakistan until the day he became M.D. PTV.  

These news channels are addictions; this mafia keeps you so busy that you do not even have time to look into the real picture. Every day you keep getting injected with elevated prices. In a country where average income is less than two dollars a day who will think where their leaders are? Who would like to pay attention to the political activities when people do not even have enough money to buy flour?  Why would they be interested to know about the chief justice issue (which is already past now?) 

This Slogan Roti, Kapra & Makan was so accurate. They have made all of these things BUT for them selves.

 To the people of Pakistan, the coalition leaders Mr. Zardari & Nawaz Sharif are practically deceased, only Pakistan’s private channels and press are keeping them alive.

 But all these leaders have forgotten a further reality about this country; that people are more awared than past now. They are trying to get knowledge; after all it is the mark of a “knowledged mind” to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.

One is actually the democracy here, you know people are, people assume that this election means that there is democracy in Pakistan. There is no democracy

 TARAS KHA ESI MILAT PAR JO:Tohmaat sy pak or akedy sy khali ho 

TARAS KHA ESI MILAT PAR JO:wo zybtan karti ho jo os ny nahi bona, wo khati ho jo es ny nahi boya, wo sharab peti ho jo kisi or ny kasheed ki ho.

 TARAS KHA ESI MILAT PAR JO: Ghondy ko hero samjy or fathy ko jholi bhar bhar dowa dy

 TARAS KHA ESI MILAT PAR JO: neend min bahadar or jagty min bozdil ho

 TARAS KHA ESI MILAT PAR JO JIS:  ka modabir lomar or falsafi madri hon or hunar en ka sirf lipa poti or nakali ho

 TARAS KHA ESI MILAT PAR JIS:ki sada saway jalosy Janaza kabhi boland na ho, saway zory shamsheer kabhi garden na othy

 TARAS KHA ESI MILAT PAR JO:nakara baja kar nay Hakim ka istakbaal kary or awazy kas kar rokhsat kary or phir nakara bajy agly hakim k liy

 TARAS KHA ESI MILAT PAR JIS: ky danashmand girty wakt ky sath behry hoty chaly jain

 TARAS KHA ESI MILAT PAR JO: tokry tokry ho jay or har tokra khod ko Milat jainy .



“In Pakistan failing infrastructure and the absence of good governance as xposed through declining economic and social indicators shows us a dismal scenario, poor law enforcement”



When we switch to CNN or BBC with in 20 mints they show at least one type of news like al-Qaeda or Talibangrab the Pakistan’s nuclear? These are the questions which raised every day by the European or American media and policy circles. .

As per my surch approximately two dozen suicide bombings in 2009 so far, (66 in 2008) and (61 in 2007) all of which have sharp targeted Defence like Pakistan Army,police, some politicians, and ordinary people not only in the country’s turbulent northwest but also in its major urban centers it indicate the seriousness of the threat. A ammunition factory Wah (Punjab) was targeted by two suicide bombers in August 2008, an act that sent shudders across the country’s security establishment.

Although certainly a matter of very serious concern is that terrorists need far more than suicide bombers to get hold of nuclear materials. In fact is the xpanding influance and reach of the Taliban and similar groups in the FATA and the NWFP. The Swat embarrassing situation speaks for itself.

Poor law enforcement capacity and inadequate counterinsurgency know how on the part of Pakistan’s army are partly responsible for this state of affairs. Confused threat perceptions and popular consperetorial thinking also encourages the denial of reality. The failing infrastructure and absence of good governance asexposed through prolonged electricity shutdowns and declining economic and social indicators further provides an overall dismal scenario. All of this however presents only one side and a scary one at that of the coin.

if you close your eyes to the other side of the coin at your own risk. Pakistan a country of roughly 170 million people recently witnessed the fruits of a courageous and sustained lawyers movement that led to the restoration of the deposed Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry and about 60 other superior court judges. These judges were victims of former President Pervez Musharraf’s shortsghtednes and selfishness in 2007 in turn provoked a major movement that inspired and stimulated thousands of Pakistanis to struggle for the rule of law an independent judiciary and the supremacy of the constitution. The people stood up for those who defied a dictator a rare development in the 62 year checkered history of Pakistan. The movement’s leading activists were connected through print and electronic media an indication that the middle class and prorule of law civil society elements are also well networked.

A vibrant and enthusiastic electronic and print media helped this cause greatly though sometimes at the cost of objectivity  but for a progressive goal. There is no dearth of Pakistani writers, artists, poets, and intellectuals who are not only continuing with their creative work but also are readying people to stand up to the country’s challenges especially the monster of religious intolerance. Another relevant example is the many women who are joining Pakistan’s army and air force as soldiers and fighter pilots presents yet another picture. This is the picture of hope and change that Pakistanis are calling UMEED E SEHR the hope of a new dawn.

But indeed the question is which picture is the real Pakistan? those crazy militants who cherish beheading opponents and beating women or those who stand for a pluralistic, progressive, and democratic Pakistan. The answer is both. Those who accept nothing but just look at the voting pattern in the 2008 national and elections the comparatively liberal (PPP,ANP and MQM) received significantly more votes than the religious political parties all of which were trounced.

Those parties are of course not without fault and a large community of votes also went to such centrist parties as the Nawaz Sharif-led Muslim League which runs Punjab the country’s largest province. Although the overall political trends are on the positive side there is certainly increasing stress and strain.
In this scheme of things American Pakistani relations are a very important part of the puzzle. It is a puzzle in the sense that despite a long history of relations including times when Pakistan was called the (most allied ally) and occasions when it became (Tthe most sanctioned state) both states distrust each other. The mutual dealings are increasingly filled with resentment, miscommunication, and a sense of caginess.

Chir. foreing relation John F. Kerry and Republican Dick Lugar while introducing legislation to put  effect key elements of President Obama’s new strategy in Pakistan and Afghanistan framed the problem appropriately when they said (The status is not working the United States believes it is paying too much and getting too little and most Pakistanis believe exactly the opposite). The new bill if approved by Congress will triple nonmilitary assistance to Pakistan to $1.5 billion annually for the next five years to help the country stabilize.

An earlier bill with the same intent the one introduced by Chair. Foreign Affairs Committee Howard Berman had a long list of conditions attached to it. This list drew scathing criticism from Pakistani officials who sent the clear message that they would not accept the aid package with such strings attached. One condition related to the terrorism issue read as (Pakistan has to certify that there is no activity taking place against India)

Richard Holbrooke the administration’s special representative to Pakistan and Afghanistan and Mike Mullen Chair. Joint Chiefs of Staff, visited Pakistan together after these proposed conditions were made known to Pakistan government. I read Shuja Nawaz’s article on Holbrooke and Mike visited Shuja Nawaz well informed, explains what happened during the visit (This is probably the worst ever visit by an American team to South Asia in history. … It was a complete disaster. And if this is how you want to win friends, I just wonder how you want to create enemies.) He also cautioned Washington policy makers that potentially, American Pakistan relations were heading for a train wreck. Thankfully a crisis in the making was duly averted.

However the question remains How can one make certain that a legitimate and reasonable oversight of the funding and support is provided to those sectors where help is needed the most? To build a deeper, sustainable, and long-term strategic engagement with the people of Pakistan, the United States must learn from its past mistakes and should not shy away from accepting its past missteps.

Pakistan is a divided nation today and a democratic society trapped inside an undemocratic state.” In the West, Pakistan army is still seen as an institution that can stabilize things if need be.  As we saw the Time Magazine, why profiled Pakistan’s army chief General Ashfaq Pervez Kiani as being among the most influential 100 people in the world today in the category of Leaders and Revolutionaries.

A few months before I was watching Mr Haroon ul  Rasheed in sitcom show KALAM KAAR he xplained When States Failor  Causes and Consequences, he provided a useful informative framework. He continued that weak states (or states in crisis)  they may be basically strong, but temporarily or situationally weak because of internal antagonisms, despotism, or external attacks. Weak states typically harbor ethnic, religious tensions… Urban crime rates tend to be high and increasing… Schools and hospitals show sign of neglect, GDP per capita and other critical economic indicators have fallen or are falling… . Weak states usually honor rule of law precepts in the breach.

 As per these decisive factors, Pakistan is a weak state in essence. By definition, internal corrective process and international support can rescue such states.

“This is an excerpt of a report written for WORDPRESS by MAG”

Cup of tea with Mortenson


                                       “Amercan policy makers and military leaders should something learn from Mortenson. He is a philanthropist and he has achieved which was more difficult then military action. He got Long-term success in the tribal regions of Pakistan. US policy makers  should also relies that Pakistan and takes patience, resilience and the ability to listen”.


Barack Husain Obama’s recently exposed and announced new military strategy in Afghanistan and Pakistan is expected more aggressive campaign in northwest Pakistan, as illustrated by the decision to send thousands of additional troops to the “Afghan and Pakistan” region by the end of this year. Which totally far-opposite as muslims had expectations to Barak Hussain Obama

In a different area of US-South Asian commitment, American Greg Mortenson recently received Pakistan’s highest civilian honour, the Sitara-e-Pakistan (Star of Pakistan), for his efforts in promoting peace in its rural regions. Mortenson’s approach, however, doesn’t involve counter-terrorism operations or robust troop numbers.

His “weapon” for curbing extremism? Educating girls. His modus operandi: drinking lots of tea.

I recently had the opportunity to meet with him in IDPs Pakistan at Media centre SAWAT and saw him in action. We spend 3 hours together and discussed on some recent issues spicily education in rural areas. I triad to explore him. After 3 hours meeting with him feeling shamefully myself and taunted on our uninformed NGOs and selfish politicians who don’t bother about nation and next generation in other words on education.

Mortenson is the founder of the non-profit organisation Central Asia Institute (CAI), which has built nearly 80 schools in the most remote areas of Pakistan and Afghanistan and provides education to more than 33,000 children, including 18,000 girls. He told that the pehople of this Regan are well manner and friendly he had tea with the Taliban, religious clerics, tribal chiefs, village elders, heads of government, militia leaders, conservative fathers, intimidated teachers and nervous children, Three Cups of Tea 🙂 He says “The first cup, you’re a stranger; the second cup you become a friend; the third cup, you’re family”,

He has spent more than 70 months in Pakistan and Afghanistan, walking for miles on treacherous roads and sitting in the dirt for hours talking to villagers. “Whoever he sits with, he gives them so much respect”, says Mohammad Nazir, one of Mortenson’s Pakistani colleagues at CAI. “People want to be with him, have tea with him.”;-)

Language doesn’t seem to be a barrier. He speaks some Urdu, Balti and Farsi but, in the end, he does more listening than talking. In each village, he asks the mothers how he can help them. “he always asks, ‘What can I do for you?. They all respond, “We want our children to go to school.”

His story is where the real lessons lie for winning “hearts and minds” in the region. When I asked this process can take several years, he replaid Mortenson is in no hurry. In one village, it took eight years to convince the local council to allow girls to attend school. By the time the school opened in 2007, there were 74 girls enrolled. One year later, the number had tripled.

he involves everyone in the community. They contribute meals, labour, land or cement to help build the schools. In his model, there is transparency in how funds are used. Every family is assigned a role, so the entire community has a vested interest. No wonder only one CAI school has been attacked by the Taliban. Even then, the local militia leader fought back and the school reopened two days later.

Not only US foreign policy-makers and military leaders but also so called Pakistani politicians and NGOs have something to learn from the results Mortenson has achieved. Long-term success in the region takes patience, resilience and the ability to listen. It takes understanding people’s culture and faith and involving them in shaping their own futures. This approach is the best defence against the advancement of extremism.

Ultimately, it takes building relationships perhaps one cup of tea at a time. Obama would be well-advised to consider a new surge strategy that sends thousands more tea drinkers to the Afghan Pak region.