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Strong Russian funded Mini-SCO (TajAfPak) to transform West Asia


Russia to fundmassive train & energy projects in Tajikistan, Afghanistan & Pakistan. The indications are that Russia has stepped into the vacuum created by the never ending American war in Afghanistan and Moscow is now reaching out to Pakistan.

Tajik access to Gwader via Pakistani road and rail: Pakistan, Afghanistan and Tajikistan linked through a 1340-kilometre long road that would connect Pakistan from Chitral via the Durrah pass into Afghanistan and on to the Tajik capital of Dushanbe on the other endTajik access to Gwader via Pakistani road and rail: Pakistan, Afghanistan and Tajikistan linked through a 1340-kilometre long road that would connect Pakistan from Chitral via the Durrah pass into Afghanistan and on to the Tajik capital of Dushanbe on the other end
  • Meeting with the presidents of Afghanistan, Pakistan and Tajikistan, Medevdev called building energy infrastructure a vital prerequisite for prosperity. “Energy projects are what really help governments that need to strengthen their economy,” he said. “Assistance must not just be a one-off, it should be aimed toward the future.” Boston Globe
  • Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Russia and agreed to open up trade and travel between Pakistan and Tajikistan on the one hand and link the three countries of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Tajikistan through a 1340-kilometre long road that would connect Pakistan from Chitral via the Durrah pass into Afghanistan and on to the Tajik capital of Dushanbe on the other.
  • Briefing newsmen on the visit spokesperson to the President Farhatullah Babar said that the three heads of state also agreed to meet in the Tajik capital of Dushanbe every year to review the progress made in their commitments and also to further boost the social, political and economic ties between them. Statesman
From left, Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari, Tajik President Emomali Rakhmon, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Afghan President Hamid Karzai, pose for a photo during their meeting in the Tajik capital Dushanbe, on Thursday, July 30, 2009. The presidents of Russia, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Tajikistan met Thursday in Dushanbe. The meeting could signal Moscow's intentions to boost its security role in the region. (AP Photo/ RIA Novosti, Vladimir Rodionov, Presidential Press Service)
From left, Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari, Tajik President Emomali Rakhmon, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Afghan President Hamid Karzai, pose for a photo during their meeting in the Tajik capital Dushanbe, on Thursday, July 30, 2009. The presidents of Russia, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Tajikistan met Thursday in Dushanbe. The meeting could signal Moscow’s intentions to boost its security role in the region. (AP Photo/ RIA Novosti, Vladimir Rodionov, Presidential Press Service)

Medvedev hosted the first meeting of Karzai and Zardariin the Urals city of Yekaterinburg in June. Adding Afghan neighbour Tajikistan to the talks was aimed to give Afghan-Pakistani contacts a broader regional context.

“This meeting…is the first important step in the direction of better understanding,” Karzai told the news conference. “Afghanistan…welcomes this and will participate in that wholly.”

“The people of Afghanistan, the people of Pakistan andthe people of this region are looking up to the leadership of the region to help them with problems,” Zardari added. Medvedevsees trans-border projects with Afghanistan. (Editing by Ron Askew) (Writing by Oleg Shchedrov and Maria Golovnina).By Roman Kozhevnikov and Anastasia Onegina

Tajikistan enclaves with road link inset

President Barack Obama had appointed him to oversee the review of the US policy in Afghanistan. Instead of being an honest broker who was supposed to present the best options for America, Bruce Reigel sold his soul to Bharat Inc. andcame up with a convoluted unworkable, untenable and biased recommendation which was simply a perpetuation of the perpetual mimetic warfare in West Asia.  When Bruce Reidel’s team invented the concoction Af-Pak he thought he was inventing a cute term which would allow him andhis ilk to spread the bombing to the almost all of Pakistan.

Mr. Reidel and his Neocon buddies had it only partially right. While it is correct that that Afghanistan faces a regional problem, it was not right to place all the blame on the doorstep of Islamabad. Ahmed Quraishi, a well respected nationalist journalist of Pakistan calls the regional issue Af-Kash. The occupation of Kashmir and the occupation of Afghanistan are the symbiotic twins of the region that cannot be separated. It was the Pakistani which liberated half of Kashmir, and it was the Pakistanis that defeated the USSR in Afghanistan which led to the implosion of the USSR. The liberation of Aksai Chin actually saved China from splitting up into pieces. If Aksai Chin had not been liberated by the Pakistanis, China would not have been given the 5000 square miles of territory. These 5000 square miles allowed China a land link to Tibet. Without the land link to Tibet, it would never have been able to take over and consolidate the country. Tibet would have been either independent or a client state of Delhi. It wasn’t the stingers that destroyed the Soviet Union’s occupation of Afghanistan, it was the men behind the gun.

Mr. Reidel’s original monograph actually did mention the symbiotic relationship between the problems in Afghanistan and the occupation of Kashmir by Bharat (aka India). However after protestations or bribes from Delhi, Mr. Reidel’s team acquiesced to appeasement to Bharat. Kashmir which was high on the agenda for America was once again discarded to the whims of hedonistic pimps like Omar Abdullah.

If Mr. Reidel and the rest of the Obama team had done their homework the would have discovered that “Obama’s Vietnam” was not AfPak, the real  Graveyard of Empires was AfPak-TurkTaj-UzbKaz-AzKyr -istan

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If Mr. Reidel, Mr. Holbrooke, General Patraeus, General McCrystal an Admiral Mullen had known any history of the area, other than the claptrap doled out on the CIA Fact book andthe state department’s summary courses, they would know that Central Asia is intricately boundto Pakistan and Afghanistan. The home of Babar the founder of the mighty Mughal Empire  was not born in Lahore or Peshawar–he was born in Ferghana, Uzbekistan. The mighty Mughals ruled the area for three centuries–1526-1857 during which there were open borders from Samarqand, Bokhara, Ghazni and Dushambe. Neither the one century of East India Company rule (23 June, 1757 to 10 May, 1857), nor the one century of direct British (1858-August 14th 1947) crown rule which encompassed only 40% of South Asia was  able to disconnect Central Asia from South Asia. Lenin October revolution 1914 and the Durand Line were not able to divide the Muslims of Central Asia.

The dynamics of the breakup of the USSR, the occupation of Afghanistan, the presence of foreign armies, and a strong movement in Central Asia is working to push the countries together.

Afghanistan has now suffered from three decades of occupation. The spillover has been felt more acutely by Pakistan than any other country of the world. The Grand Bargain? Pakistan key to Afghan Great Game. However this spillover has also been felt by Uzbekistan, Tajiksitan and others in the region. AfPak countercurrents beyond the Oxus to AfPakAzUzbKazTurkKyr-istan

Pakistan and Central Asian states worry that the escalating war in Afghanistan spreads Islamic radicalism to the neighbouring regions threatening their fragile peace.

Central Asian officials say recent attacks in Central Asia were orchestrated by the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, a Taliban-linked group headed by Takhir Yuldashev, Central Asia’s most wanted man.

But human rights groups suggest that governments in Central Asia, which is divided between five authoritarian nations, have exaggerated the problem and use it as an excuse to crush political dissent.

Security cooperation was a key issue of separate talks Rakhmon had with Zardari and Karzai earlier on Thursday.

“The three states have expressed enthusiasm to cooperate in fighting against all threats and challenges like terrorism and all its manifestations: separatism, extremism and organised crime,” a joint statement from the Afghan, Tajik and Pakistan presidents said. Medvedev sees trans-border projects with Afghanistan. (Editing by Ron Askew) (Writing by Oleg Shchedrov and Maria Golovnina).By Roman Kozhevnikov and Anastasia Onegina

The Christian Science Monitor now has had the epiphany that the war in Afghanistan has spill overs. Uzbekistan pressured the IMU is scared of Taliban reprisals on supplies to Kabul

Dushanbe, Tajikistan – A spate of militant clashes in Tajikistan may indicate that the conflicts in Afghanistan and Pakistan are spilling beyond their borders – a top concern for neighboring Central Asian nations and Russia.

The rise in violence comes as Pakistan wraps up an assault on militants in the north and Western forces intensify a campaign against insurgents in Afghanistan ahead of an Aug. 20 election. The offensives may be pushing foreigners fighting in either country to flee the conflict and return home.

“The situation at the Afghan border may deteriorate ahead of elections,” Interior Minister Abdurakhim Qahorov warned last week. “Different criminal groups may try to seek temporary refuge in neighboring countries, including ours.” Christian Science Monitor. Security was the topic at a regional summit in Dushanbe Thursday. By Abdujalil Abdurasulov | Contributor to The Christian Science Monitor from the July 30, 2009 edition

The war from Afghanistan has spilled over into all the countries of the area andis destabilizing the wider region. Tajikistan, shares a 750-mile border with Afghanistan, sits on the front line of spillover effects. The fire ignited in Baghdad now engulfs Cairo to Delhi and beyond. The implications of the IMUactivity in Pakistan

The issue of regional security was raised at a Thursday summit in Dushanbe with the presidents of Afghanistan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, and Russia.

“[Terrorism] threatens my brother’s country. It threatens my country and our neighborhood,” Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari said Wednesday in Dushanbe. The Christian Science Monitor from the July 30, 2009 edition

The Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan has been active in the area for more than two decades. IMU militants have been discovered in the Paksitani FATA. IMU welcomes Karzai & Zardari in Dushambe with 2 bomb blasts . It is but obvious that the IMU activity in Dushambe is continuing to grow with the Tajik opposition.

There also have been shootouts on the Afghan-Tajik border near Tavildara. Part of this fight is the remnant of the Tajik civil between Mullo Abdulloand the government. The entire area is up in revolt Central Asian people – ethnic Uzbeks, Tajiks, Kyrgyz, etc.

“Tavildarais just 500-600 kilometers (about 310-370 miles) away from … Pakistan.”Abdugani Mamadazimov, chair of the Association of Political Scientists based in Dushanbe.

Rupee News predicted that the Afghan war would move Westward and Northwards. This has not jsut happened now–it has been happening for years.

For years we have shed light on the pull andpush theory. Can the $80 Billion Think Tank industry not comprehend the simple truths described by Peter Senge in his seminal book “The 5th Discipline“.  They theory goes as follows. When the Police cracks down on drug dealers on 42nd street, the drug dealing does not disappear, it simply moved to 52nd street or gets dispersed over a bigger area out of reach of the police raids. Similarly when the US bombs the insurgents in East Afghanistan, it is but obvious that they will find shelter and hideouts on the Duran Line and beyond. As the US drones bomb FATA, areas in Pakistan are affected destabilizing parts of the NWFP.

The conflict was broadly fought between government forces and the United Tajik Opposition (UTO) – a coalition of Islamists and secular reformists. Al Jazeera

We strongly believe in the Push Theory is in action. In this case, the fear is that becuaseof the actions of the Pakistan Army in Swat, some of the Uzbek militants belonging to the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) may have moved back to the Tajikistan and Uzbekistan where they have been active for more than a decade.

The US has openly announced that it would use the Central Asian Republics to bring in supplies into Afghanistan.

The Taliban won the war against the USSR by cutting off their supplies from the same routes that the US will use. The Taliban attacked the supplies coming via Pakistan. According to Russian estimates only about half the supplies made it to Afghanistan. Now the raids on the supplies may be moving to Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

Tajikistan has agreed to provide its territory for the transit of nonlethal cargo to supply US troops in Afghanistan. This route, called the Northern Distribution Network, goes through the Baltics, Russia, and Central Asian states.

The Taliban have warned the Tajikgovernment against cooperating with the US. “This is regarded as a participation in the aggression against Afghanistan,” Abdul Vase Mutasim Agha, introduced as a director of Taliban’s political committee, told Al Jazeera in May when the US-Tajik agreement on the transit corridor was reached. “This step of yours would lead to instability.” Christian Science Monitor

For the past decade the US thinktanks have been blaming Pakistan for all their ills in Afghanistan. The US spent $605 Billion in aid to Iraq and wasted $143 in aid to Afghanistan. Pakistan got about $5 Billion (the other five billion was reimbursements for services rendered). The solution to the quagmire in Afghanistan is a massive Marshall Plan for Pakistan and the area. The US has lately changed its attitude towards Pakistan–slightly.

Central Asia smaller map with Tajik Pakistan roadlink

The Russians have now publicly announced that they will massively invest in Rail and Energy. According to the news reports filtering in these are the salient points of the aid.

  • Says they are needed to help the region recover
  • Afghan, Pakistani, Tajik leaders vow security cooperation

DUSHANBE, July 30 (Reuters) – Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Thursday brought together the leaders of Afghanistan, Pakistan andtheir neighbour Tajikistan to try and spur regional economic recovery and attract huge aid flows.

Medvedev said he, Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari discussed trade andcross-border projects at their second meeting in less then two months now joined by the Tajik leader.

Russia is reluctant to get involved in military efforts in Afghanistan after its own 10-year experience of a failed 1980s invasion but still seeks a role in settling the conflict.

Russia views ex-Soviet Central Asia as a traditional sphere of interests and has always been sensitive to instability the Afghan conflict may cause in the region. Drug traffic and Islamic radicalism stemming from Afghanistan also pose security threats for it.

Drawing together regional powers affected by the Afghan conflict is seen by the Kremlin as a priority.

“We have a common space, which should be filled with all sorts of projects,” Medvedev said in the Tajikcapital after meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari.

“We were talking about energy projects, railway projects,” he told a news conference after talks also attended by Tajik President Imomali Rakhmon.

Medvedev did detail the projects discussed, but said Russia, a member of G8 and G20 clubs of leading economies, would lobby for their international financing.

“I believe that huge sums allocated by the international community — altogether making trillions of dollars — should go for such aims,” he said. Medvedevsees trans-border projects with Afghanistan. (Editing by Ron Askew) (Writing by Oleg Shchedrov and Maria Golovnina).By Roman Kozhevnikov and Anastasia Onegina

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