Why America Must Not Attack Quetta - Lessons From Vietnam

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.


  1. Well, America should not attack Quetta but it may be part of wider game. What is the ultimate goal of" War on terror" we still don't know. Quetta shura is just pretext to attack Baluchistan.They are deep people with deep thought and I personally believe the matter of attacking Quetta is complex then we are thinking about it. For Pakistan the matter will further worsen as Quetta is already in grip of separatist insurgency. What america wants through this attack on Quetta is murky.

  2. QUETTA: Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry on Wednesday performed ground breaking ceremony of the building of Supreme Court Branch Registry.

    Acting Chief Justice Balochistan High Court Justice Jamal Khan Mandokhel Chief Secretary Balochistan Babar Yaqoob Fateh Mohammad judges of BHC and lawyers attended the ceremony.

    Addressing the gathering the CJP said that dispensation of swift justice to people at their door step was the baseline of the judiciary endeavors.

    The Supreme Court of Pakistan as an institution has been playing a vital role in dispensation of justice in accordance with Constitution of the country he stressed.

    Linking justice and equity to the sustainable development of the country he said societies could progress only following the principles of justice and rule of law.

    The landmark decisions of the apex court in line with constitution of Pakistan has improved the situation of rule of law in the country he maintained.

    Expressing his gratitude to provincial government for allocating land for the building of SC Branch Registry Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry hoped that it would help resolve the legal issues of the people of Balochistan more effectively.

    The Chief Justice noted that without proper building and required facilities dispensation of prompt justice is not possible.

    He said that in every province they had separate buildings for the SC Branch Registry while in Balochistan it was set up in the Balochistan High Court building.

    The new building would help in boosting better future for the people of Balochistan.


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