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Pakistan didn't take part in Soviet-Afghan war but faced the brunt of it: Janjua

Updated Apr 18, 2017 08:41pm


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National Security Adviser Naseer Khan Janjua on Tuesday said Pakistan “didn’t take part in the Soviet-Afghan War, nor was it behind the 9/11 attacks, yet it still bore the brunt of the damage they did”.

"At that time, the fear was that if Russia entered Afghanistan, Pakistan would be its next target. And for that, the concept of jihad [holy war] was exploited and our seminaries were used [to nurture the mujahideen]," he said while addressing an event held at the Pakistan Academy of Letters in Islamabad.

"Had we not supported Afghanistan back then, would the country still be standing?" the NSA asked, adding that if Pakistan had instead provided Russia with a "passageway", America may not have been "the only superpower" in the world today.

"Everyone abandoned Afghanistan once Russia lost, and all the militant elements established roots there," Janjua said.

Janjua was of the view that had the members of the Afghan Taliban been formally included in Afghanistan's political processes, the country would have been in a better state of affairs.

"Had the Taliban been included in the election, Afghanistan would not have been in such a fix today," he added.

"Pakistan has played the role of a front-line state for the last four decades,” he continued.

"We have to consider matters of national security keeping a view on the world," he added.

The NSA further said that national security includes the domains cyber security, world politics, the international economy as well as the globe's military strength.

"Pakistan has received many wounds in the war against terrorism," Janjua concluded.

"We are accused of playing a double game. But if we are supporting the Afghan Taliban, why would the Pakistani Taliban be standing against us today?"


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ismail Apr 18, 2017 08:11pm

we were on forefront to receive the personnels and other supplies from west. But somehow it is also true that militants were left to weak neighboring states.

Harmony-1© Apr 18, 2017 08:14pm

True to fact.

And we are paying the price of that war heavily.

Usman Apr 18, 2017 08:49pm

Well said

boochi Apr 18, 2017 08:51pm

Looks like someone forgot the flight of Zia to Washington urging Reagan administration to get US involved in Afghanistan and volunteering to be a front line state fighting USSR clandestinely. May be the brilliant Pakistani analyst Ahmed Rashid can help all remember if on the verge of forgetting.

Starzan90210 Apr 18, 2017 08:54pm

CPEC $46+Billions are investments in specific infrastructure projects. NOT LOANS. NOT GRANTS. Thanks for clarity of purposeful investments. Thanks to the good Chinese people & the Government of China! Bravo! §§§. Compare this to the socio-economic terrorism against the nation, that is being sponsored by USA, over last 10-years, with its Billions of destructive War-Bucks $$$ via its morally corrupt proxies, BharatRAW, AfganNDS, others. The USA will do the same death & destruction soon enough in Bharat-india; just wait & watch. Friends like USA, you don't need enemies. Bharatis buy weapons from cheap flea markets sales; not overpriced gadgets from USA, as that is the lure. Still no expensive N-Reactors purchases. USA $21+Trillion in debt; $90-Trillion in unfunded liabilities. If China, KSA, others boycotted USA $2-Trillion a year budget deficits financing, USA would go bankrupt! Old adage: it is bad to be enemy of USA, but it is fatal to be friends.

nac Paris Apr 18, 2017 09:11pm

Poor in history. Pakistan was not asked for help but was threatened and forced by America to get involved. I disagree that Pakistan existence was at stake then but today it is both by external and internal political forces. It is our arsenal which is keeping us as one country

saagar Apr 18, 2017 09:21pm

Personal interest on top, national interest at the bottom and lack of long term vision is the root cause of all the problems that Pakistan is facing today. Nothing will change and after 15 years same will be said about cpec by people in power.

DIL Apr 18, 2017 10:16pm

US should be given these reminders of past realities once in a while !!

val Apr 18, 2017 11:12pm

@Starzan90210 It is easy than done. Ask China to pull money out of USA. China has more debt when compare with GDP. Chinese debt is now over 11 Tr dollars. USA can always print dollars and payback but China cannot. Printing more money will affect inflation rate but USA has something to do, not like China which is totally dependent on USA for exports(around 700 bn per year)

Shujaat Khan Apr 19, 2017 02:15am

Really that's a revelation ?

Samir lone Apr 19, 2017 02:29am

@val China has trillions in reserves too

PrakashG Apr 19, 2017 07:38am

If that is his understanding of the history of Afghan war, he must be giving some fine advice on national security to the government; India has nothing to worry about.

Vijay Halgeri Apr 19, 2017 07:51am

You can kill the truth temporarily but remember "history wipes out those who try to wipe out history. .."