ISAF Aggression Against Pakistan

Editor’s Note: Relationship between US and Pakistan is a hot potato. Saner heads need to oversee the relationship tempered with respect for Pakistan and a very balanced evaluation of Pakistan’s concerns. Please also read:

By: General Mirza Aslam Beg


On the night 25/26 November, the American and NATO aircrafts and gunships attacked the two Pakistani border posts in Salala area of Mehmand Agency and killed twenty eight Pakistani soldiers, including two officers – a blatant violation of Pakistan’s territorial sovereignty and the terms of cooperation, with the International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF). In fact, this incident is part of a conspiracy, against Pakistan, growing from frustration of the ISAF, who having lost the war, have begun to leave from Afghanistan without guarantee for a safe exit. Salala incident explains their desperation and the sinister design.

      The Pakistani troops operating in Salala area, on the night 25/26 Nov, had trapped the Tehrik-e-Taliban-e-Pakistan (TPP) militants, about fifty strong, belonging to Waliur Rahman/Fazalullah group, engaged in anti-Pakistan activities. The militants gave the SOS to ISAF and NATO and American air crafts and gunships rushed, to rescue the trapped militants. The two Pakistani posts, which came under intense fire. The Pakistani officer commanding the posts, immediately contacted the ISAF and warned them that, it were the Pakistani posts, under attack, and fire must stop, but the message was ignored and the attack continued for over two hours, till the militants were rescued to the safety of Afghan territory. This brutal act of the ISAF was not the only incident, because earlier on our border posts had been attacked by the militants, supported by ISAF, killing many of our troops. This was the third time that ISAF violated Pakistan’s territory. Last year in September 2010 a similar incident had occurred on our border, killing a number of our soldiers. The second time, they intruded deep inside Pakistan, to kill Osama near Abbottabad and got away with it.

      A few months back, in a meeting of senior officers in GHQ, I had warned that ISAF would ‘again test our nerves’ and we better be prepared to retaliate against such intrusions, and recommended that they should have a look at the “Selective Punishment Concept” of 10 Corps, implemented by Major General Safdar, SJ, GOC 12 Division in 1990, who silenced the Indian guns along the Line of Control, through bold and “prompt retaliatory actions.” But in this case, at Salala, such a ‘prompt retaliatory action’ could not be taken, therefore, we now have to consider choosing the next best option to ensure that such incidents do not occur again.

      A retaliatory action, ‘to draw blood for blood’, is the best option, but the enemy is on high alert now. ‘Retorsion’ would be the next best policy i.e., “to return upon the assailants with sharp punitive moves.” In this regard some of the actions have already been initiated by the government such as: rejection of the expression of regrets; the ISAF supplies through Pakistan have been stopped; no more drone attacks; Shamsi Air Base to be vacated; Pakistan not to participate in the Bonn Conference on 5 December; cancellation of all visits, tours, sports events etc involving USA and EU; diplomatic engagement with friendly countries to solicit support; no more business as usual and the need to re-evaluate ties with USA. Since the occupation forces are operating under the UN mandate, therefore, Pakistan has taken-up the matter with the UN to investigate and punish the perpetrators of this crime.

      Despite ten years long struggle by the occupation forces, they find themselves, trapped in a ‘nut-cracker situation’ of having lost the war, and unable to retain control over Afghanistan, with no guarantee for a safe exit. And yet ISAF want to have their way, forcing Pakistan to eliminate the support bases of the Taliban on Pakistan territory and force Mullah Umar to negotiate peace, “on the loosers (ISAF) terms.” This illogical demand is not achievable either, therefore, the ISAF may decide to leave Afghanistan in a state of panic. In 1990 the Americans induced a civil war, which led to the rise of the Taliban, who were attacked in 2001 and the country was occupied on the flimsy charge of sheltering Osama and his gang of Al-Qaeda. Afghanistan, once again will be in a state of turmoil, with no peace in the region.

      The Salala incident has provided the opportunity to correct the course of Pak-US relations and indemnify the past losses. Pakistan’s priority therefore could be:

    • Re-evaluate ties with USA and establish relations based on equality and mutual respect.
    • USA must not be allowed to establish Indian hegemony over Pakistan and Afghanistan, because that would amount to changing the geo-historical reality, confirmed by Quaid-e-Azam, to guard Pakistan’s security interests.
    • Pakistan must bring to an end the running battle with its own tribals and establish peace on the borders and eliminate the ingress made in these areas, by foreign agencies.
    • The ISAF is likely to leave Afghanistan in a state of disorder. It is therefore our bounded responsibility to help our brotherly neighbor, to eliminate the traces of deceit, intrigues and divisions created during the last thirty years of foreign occupation.
    • In 2001, we joined ISAF, in their war against Afghanistan and committed the greatest sin. We must correct this mistake, by establishing our relations with the people of Afghanistan and engage with them whole-heartedly to rebuild the country and its traditional way of life.


      Pakistan is passing through very difficult times, which demand the best, from the nation. The nation will not be wanting in resilience and response, to face these challenges. Pakistani nation’s geo-historical heritage is drawn from the Indus Civilization, and also imbibes the élan and ethos of the great civilizations with whom it shares the borders. Let nobody take Pakistan lightly and let there be no doubt in any body’s mind that out of such depths of sorrow and sacrifice, Pakistan will rise into a vibrant and progressive country, to claim its rightful place in the comity of nations.


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  • SJ Mir  On December 2, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    THX YA ! Bravo for ur efforts!

    • Yasmeen Ali  On December 2, 2011 at 6:27 pm

      🙂 Thank YOU. Cheers!

  • shahbaz  On December 2, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    good analysis

  • a m malik  On December 2, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    It is source of satisfaction that what smug heads like us have been saying all along as to the support of the CIA/RAW/Mossad for the terrorists activities in Pakistan we were told to zip up- being conspiracy mongrers, is now supported by no less a person of an immense professional repute – General Beg.
    Ofcourse this was the back stabber US CIA who is heavily influenced by the zions. cojointed by the smiling RAW who has been playing this double and tripple game. The same rot is happening in Baluchistan – and it is time that atleast our media should speak – no shout – at the wanton activities and the nefarious designs by the Shanti speaking neighbours. Who have today again started harping on the Bombay episode.
    I said it time and again that we have to send some selected individuals to participate in the US talk shows on their TV channels even if it means spending money. MOFA should better work on it and fast.

  • S U Turkman  On December 2, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    Oh sure, sure. He is saying, …
    * End all relations with USA that works for MOSSAD and RAW.
    * Let Pakistanis starve to death like Taliban were starving Afghans to death.
    * Let Dollar become worth one Lac Rupees like Afghani Rupee had become.
    * Kill more Afghans to take over Afghanistan like we had taken over in 1996 through our beloved Taliban,
    * Its okay to keep violating Pak Constitution by having Private Militias in the country like Taliban and others so they can keep killing more Moslim Afghans and Pakistanis.
    * We are bigger and stronger country than India so India and Afghanistan should be under our influence and though USA could be bigger and stronger than us, we should go to war against USA like Taliban had instead of handing USA over Osama.
    A nice Recipe to make Lives of Pakistanis, Hell on Earth.
    Very sane mind for very sane Pakistanis …!
    Allaho Akbar …!

    • a m malik  On December 2, 2011 at 7:11 pm

      No one has said a nonsense as u are preaching. U r no longer a Pakistani – so why do u not keep ur wise cracks to ur self concerning our country and our people.

  • Zafar Akhtar  On December 2, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    The recommendations of Gen Beg is of course very valid but is only achievable if we are independent economically.if we start paying taxes properly and eliminate corruptions in our govt instituations, this is a sure possiblity otherwise there is no point to discuss
    Zafar Akhtar

  • Shahbaz  On December 2, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    Economy is no problem it is the Leadership which delivers if they are honest our
    people are ready to help provided leadership also take auster measures;
    Gen beg has raised valid points we as a nation must stand united to fight the enemy.

    Muhammad Shahbaz Thuthaal

    • S U Turkman  On December 2, 2011 at 10:51 pm

      That’s right Shahbaz,
      ‘Pakistani Nation must stand united to fight the Enemy’ on who’s Charity and Loans she has been living off since 1950’s. The Enemy that …
      * … started Pakistan’s Air Force and Navy for free.
      * … built Pak Army up from level of 16 Tanks for free.
      * … built Pak Military Bases for free in 1950’s and 1960’s.
      * … granted Visas to half a million Pakistanis.
      * … stopped India from conquering Pakistan in 1965.
      * … stopped India from attacking West Pakistan in 1971.
      * … stopped India from attacking Pakistan in 1998.
      * ….stopped India from attacking Pakistan in 2002.
      Yes we must unite to fight that Enemy. Lets declare war against USA just like Taliban had, right?

      • a m malik  On December 3, 2011 at 6:53 am

        Mr Turkey
        U r like a packman who digests half of things on the way – this time from the history. They never built the navy ,army or the airforce because these were of Pakistan – But the SEATO and the CENTO forces to contain communism. US fellows never believe in a free lunch. We also paid in the form of the red circle around Peshawar by the USSR in lieu of our services for U2 and to be labelled as their clowns by Nasser during Suez crisis. U r also re-paying through the services to the FBI/CIA u r rendering.
        They did not stop India from attacking Pakistan in 1965 or 2002 or 1999(Kargil?). Indians got a hollow dicking in 1965. US knew that in 2002 the war will not be limited to conventional weapons – and hence it was primarily to save India – their future market.
        We never attacked any country save to defend our selves, so why should a war be declared on any one. Let the US first win from the rag tag Talibans.
        And turkey u have the real spirit – u never give up like any other shameless – truly loyal to the oath of faithfulness that u have taken for the US – but you will continue to bite ur own mother land. Only very few in the history have taken such a credit.

  • Mohammad Chaudhry  On December 2, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    A good review of the ground realities and well thought-out concept enunciated in the closing paragraph.However,geopolitical advantage can only enchashed by candid,committed and sagacious leadership.This in turn develops out of sensible and wise choice by the enlightened people.


  • Khan Zia  On December 2, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    Gen. Beg’s account of the Salala operation contains new, hitherto unreported revelations. Given his background and likely access to information, it is hard to dispute or discount these. They shed a whole new light on the affair. Wonder why no one else has touched on it?

    • a m malik  On December 2, 2011 at 7:15 pm

      Pakistan has said it in so many words sir. In fact the NATO fellows instead of acknowledging their foul play and back stabbing us since so many years- has reversed the factuals on us i.e we were the ones sponsoring the terrorists- and who they were attacking

  • sumbul  On December 3, 2011 at 7:25 am

    Reading the article made me remind the all time great philosopher of the world Dr Allama Iqbal ” Hai jurm-e zaifee kee saza magr-e- mahagaat” For those who dont understand urdu ” Punishment of weakness is an eternal death”. Nobody can lead us to death being a nuclear power.
    Pakistan will rise inshallah!

    • S U Turkman  On December 3, 2011 at 8:08 pm

      Sumbul, Pakistan has always been rising. Only Pakistanis are not and Per Capita Income of most of countries that were poorer than Pakistan in 1947 has risen a lot higher than poor Pakis.


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