October 1, 2012

IN FACT, IF PAKISTAN WERE SOVEREIGN IN THE TRIBAL AREAS...:

Is The United States Violating Pakistan's Sovereignty? (Art Keller, 10/01/12, Forbes)

In the USA's schizophrenic relationship with Pakistan, one accusation frequently flung at the U.S. is that our "kinetic" activities in the tribal areas of Pakistan violate Pakistani sovereignty. This view is held most strongly by those Pakistanis who don't live in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (aka FATA), and who don't have to endure the tyranny of armed militants controlling their lives.

While it is true that Pakistan's Army does maintain military outposts in the tribal areas, and those forces sometimes violently clash with militants, the Army does not now and never has had sovereign control as modern nation-states define the concept.


...then we'd be justified in attacking the rest of the country. It is only because Pakistan can not control the portions of territory where we are at war that we are not at war with the central state.

Posted by at October 1, 2012 3:19 PM
  

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