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LaRouche Warned You: London Scheme for Pushtun-Taliban Rogue State Goes Public!

July 1, 2008 (EIRNS)—Lyndon LaRouche has warned for the last two years of a British imperialist scheme to separate off Pushtun-dominated areas of western Pakistan, and join them with neighboring parts of Afghanistan, creating a tumultuous new mini-state which would completely destabilize South Asia, erase national borders, bring the whole region into the ambit of drug-financed, British-controlled terrorism, and threaten nearby China, Russia and India. And the splitoff of these Pushtun areas would trigger a similar secession of Pakistani Baluchistan, to join with Iran's Baluchistan-Sistan province into a second lawless drugs-and-guns mini-state, erasing national borders.

Now what LaRouche warned of is surfacing publicly, in the wake of the insurgent seiges of Kandahar in Afghanistan, and now the major city of Peshawar in Pakistan, the capital of Pakistan's Northwest Frontier Province (NWFP). The takeover of these areas by British-manipulated separatist and fundamentalist insurgents is not new. It happened years ago. What is new is the public flaunting, which aims to create the false impression that this is something that just occurred, rather than back when LaRouche fully identified the phenomenon at least two-to-three years ago.

As the fact of the militants' control over Pakistan's tribal areas, the Northwest Frontier Province (NWFP) and the Northern Tribal Areas bordering Kashmir, has been publicly advertised, some Pakistanis have started proposing separation of these Pushtun-dominated tribal areas from Pakistan, and making them part of Afghanistan. The latest such suggestion came from Brigadier Gen. (ret) Shaukat Qadeer, former vice-president of the Islamabad Policy Research Institute (IPRI)—a key think tank based in Islamabad. He argues that the Pushtuns in Pakistan's tribal areas will continue to support the Afghan Pushtuns against the foreign occupiers. Therefore, Islamabad should tell them that that since "you feel compelled to fight in Afghanistan, we offer to liberate you from your allegiance to Pakistan and permit you to become citizens of Afghanistan; Pakistani security forces will be pulled out of your area."

Although the proposal is virtually unworkable, it is evident that many leaders in Pakistan have lost the zeal to fight the tribal and other militants to keep the country united. On the other hand, the separation of the tribal areas and the NWFP to form an independent nation, is very much the British policy. The British objective is to weaken Pakistan, create a very unstable and weak nation along the Central Asia and Iran borders, and keep China, Russia and India out of the oil- and gas-rich region.

As of now, the Pakistani army is not making any serious effort to get back control of the area now virtually under the militants' control. Militants have set up their justice and tax-collection offices in Waziristan, Khyber agency, Mohmand agency, Bajaur agency, and even inside the capital of the NWFP, Peshawar City.

Washington, having lost the power to influence Islamabad significantly, has apparently limited its demands to keeping the long supply line that feeds the US/NATO/ISAF in Afghanistan open, and allowing the Special Ops and covert CIA operators, who are already inside the tribal areas, to look for Osama bin Laden and his top lieutenants there.