By Sikander Hayat
These days Quetta is mostly notable because of Western & Indian propaganda about the presence of so called “Quetta Shura” but Quetta is a city with a different soul and is the most multiethnic city of the Balochistan province. Quetta has a rich history and is the holder of unmatched cultural beauty.
These days USA is trying to find ways to attack Quetta but they are in for a surprise if they actually do this because straight away whatever goodwill is present in Pakistan for the America’s activities in this neighbourhood will quickly vanish and replaced by hostility.
America thinks that Taliban have fled from Afghanistan and have settled in Quetta. Even if this statement is considered as true what is the guarantee that if Quetta is attacked then Taliban will not flee once again further into Pakistan. What will USA do then? Would they attack the rest of Pakistan in that case?
This policy of furthering the war is not a wise one and is a mistake which America made in Vietnam when US attacked Cambodia and Laos for harbouring the fugitives from Vietnam. What that policy did was to alienate people of
Cambodia and Laos further and to the extent that they made it their duty to do whatever they could to defeat America in Vietnam.
America’s success is important for Pakistan and for the region and they have to do all they can to defeat Taliban in Afghanistan. They have to finish this job but in Afghanistan as they don’t have more resources to start a new war or to finish this new war.
Pakistan is suffering because America took her eyes off Afghanistan and attacked a peaceful anti Al-Qaida country in the form of Iraq. Now that suddenly they have woken up to the fact that actually AfPak is the biggest danger to the Western security, they are talking absolute rubbish and calling it strategy. As a well wisher of US, I would like America to succeed in Afghanistan but attacking Quetta or any other part of Pakistan is not the right way to go about it.