Pakistan - Vital to Understanding Afghanistan • Rethink Afghanistan #2 • BRAVE NEW FILMS





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The war in Afghanistan and its potentially catastrophic impact on Pakistan are complex and dangerous issues, which further make the case why our country needs a national debate on this now starting with congressional oversight hearings.

Main Points:
• What even happens in Afghanistan effects Pakistan and vice-versa
• Pakistan has severe thousands nuclear weapons and if the government falls, they could end-up in the hands of an Al-Qaida-like group.
• The Pashtun people do not recognize the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan. It was artificially drawn by Western colonial powers to define the British Empire. Pashtuns live on both sides.
• The Taliban also doesn't recognize this border.
• The Taliban has gain Pashtun fighters because they both see Americans as occupiers of this border land.
• Rather than being a global jihad, this is a regional and nationalistic opposition to Am control.
• Pakistan has sent troops to the border regions, but there are concerns that elements in Pakistan are assisting the Taliban in order to prevent an India-Afghanistan alliance. The main external concern of Pakistan is India; these two nuclear powers have been at odds over Kashmir for fifty years. India has been involved with development programs in Afghanistan since after 9-11
• The current Pakistan government has a tenuous hold on power; American drone strikes within Pakistan only make the Pakistani people more resentful of their government.

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