- Mar 14, 2017
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What would pakistani friends think about the idea of a pak-army buffer zone deep into afghanistan, would that serve the security interests of pakistan?
It doesn't make sense for us to put boots on the ground permanently. We don't have a lot of collateral with Afghanistan, the average Afghan, even Taliban supporter see's Pakistan negatively and those who agree to work with us consider us a neccasary evil, rather than a friend. The only traction we might have is with tribes who span across the border. To put boots on the ground in a tribal society where the idea of being a nation state is completely absent would only invite attacks towards our troops.
We're better off securing our borders and using Afghans who are willing to work with us to try and take over the country. We need to find and support a pro-Pakistan regime, as mentioned by the brother below.
Last time Pakistan supported pro-Pakistan elements to take over the whole country (almost) bypassing the need for a buffer zone.
My guess is something similar would be done if the need arises.
Agreed, but we can't do exactly what we did last time. Last time we propped up a militant group who was willing not to be an enemy to us, this time we need to make sure we work with multiple factions and different power brokers to support some sort of peace and then invite in international partners to help the re-build.
We need to also make use of the large Afghan population in our country and try to support these people to go back to their own country. If we can support towns and cities where our refugee community is from, we can get some traction in Afghanistan. Similarly we need to work to help those tribes who live on either side of our borders and the communities closer to our borders. When things are built in Afghanistan it needs to be foreign funds, Pakistani cement and materials, Pakistani engineers and builders, Afghan labour and ultimately a little plaque or something making everyone know Pakistan helped build this.