Shared from The Pakistani Spectator
In the wee hours of 2nd of May, 2011, in a most secret armed operation in the suburb of Tabbouleh, Pakistan, it was claimed that Osama Bin Laden along with his 4 companions had been killed. This was so important a news, that it was announced by President Obama himself on TV network. Osama Bin Laden was darling in the eyes of CIA and Pentagon when Soviet Union was occupant in Afghanistan. He along with chosen volunteers from Islamic countries that were hell bent to fight “Jihad” against Russian soldiers in Afghanistan, were given highest kind of modern guerrilla warfare training by Americans.
On the campaign of Osama’s collection of funds for war against Soviet Union, USA was the main donor. BUT, the same Osama was the most wanted person (kill at sight) after Russians left Afghanistan. Americans’ immediate apprehension was “Islamic Fundamentalism” (which they themselves boosted to develop proxy war against Russians). Osama proved a real hardliner against Americans as he declared war against USA. Without going in details what happened on 9/11 and thereafter, fast forward, Osama Bin Laden is dead. Whether this news is too good to be true, only the DNA test results would confirm. But it is true that American helicopters launched an attack on 1500 sq. yrds. House in Abbottabad in which five persons were killed including a woman, and their bodies and remaining wounded and unwounded inmates were taken over to NATO headquarters, Afghanistan. It is claimed that a lead was received from a Guantanamo Bay prisoner who gave a name as the link man. The 200 or so CIA agents in Pakistan were active to tail all such men that had this name. In this way, they came close to the target. Unfortunately, this should have been done by Pakistani Intelligence, but they could not do so for reasons best known to them as it appears so far. Sadly more, the so called “safe haven” was very close to Army cantonment.
The world as a whole is jubilant, but what is happening in Pakistan? Questions have already been raised about the sovereignty of Pakistan. Politicians have started condemning Zardari for his incompetent and helpless stature (they can’t criticize our armed forces – and if anybody would ask about this particular angle, they would flatly reply “Armed forces” are bound to obey Asif Ali Zardari – what a joke!). From our TV channels media what I gathered, the house was surrounded by regular Pakistan forces one hour before operation. Residents of the surrounding locality were ordered to remain in their houses and lights off. Therefore, in all fairness the operation was made in collaboration with Pakistan Army. Period.
However, looking back to USA, Obama’s Stimulus Plan had failed, his economic reforms were not giving fruits. He had lost majority in GOP, and had a thin majority in Senate. He was being highly criticized in both the houses. His Health policy, his efforts to undo the housing and mortgage debacle including banking disaster were not so successful. In nut shell, he was in a tight corner. In such a scenario, the news of Osama’s shoot down has given him back a big uplift to his political standing. His election slogan of Change has been given some weight. This was evident when citizens came out in streets and jubilantly chanted USA USA. American stock market gained some points and dollar revalued to some extent.
About Pakistan – I do not think Pakistan would be benefited by the death of Osama Bin Laden. There are mushrooms of Taliban groups active in Pakistan and Afghanistan (and in Iraq as well). They would remain unaffected. Pakistan’s War against Terrorism continues and there is every likelihood it would go more fierce and damaging for the country. There would be more retaliating terrorist attacks. Like after killing of Baitullah Mehsood, his system continues. Pakistan Government long silence and a customary brief statement has made the matter tough for them. Opposition would try to make it more difficult in the assemblies. Neither the government, nor the military and civil intelligence appear to have a role in this operation.
USA has a golden opportunity to pull out from Afghanistan and Iraq. Obama should fulfill his past promise and save USA economy from further damage. But, the million dollar question remains whether USA would continue assisting Pakistan in War against terrorism or not after achieving their high valued target. They should. They should double the supplies of arms and equipment. They should provide drone technology completely (all the infrastructural technology linked with UAVboth MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper and most importantly AGM-114 Hellfire without which the UAVs are useless).
Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq have yet to go a long way in War against Terrorism, will USA continue their help and support? If USA discontinues after revenge of 9/11 more Osama Bin Laden would be born which please note. War is not over.