The Pakistan military have a great track record of making great decisions, strategic or otherwise that always work out best for them, and of course Pakistan in the long term.
(i) In 1965 they were committed to war against India, a nation more powerful than Pakistan even in those days. The Pakistani military committed to war with 1 weeks of spares for a military machine that heavily relied on American arms, obtained under a 1954 security agreement (as an anti-Communist bulwork). Within 2 weeks of the 1965 war with India the Pakistan military, ceased to function for lack of spares (and an American arms embargo), whilst India merely was getting warmed up after two weeks of war, and had the war continued would have scored a outright victory against Pakistan, with the easy capture of Lahore, and many other key cities in the Western Wing.
In fact the Indians could have annexed East Pakistan, with its mere 20,000---30,000 Pakistani troops stationed there. The war exposed the weaknesses of the Pakistani state, which eventually led to the breakup of the country, after the Americans destabilized the Ayub Khan military regime after the war..........Field Marshal Ayub Khan had not consulted the war matter with the Americans and thus had displeased them, and so the Americans toppled his regime eventually.
(ii) Initiating a genocidal war against over half the population, in East Pakistan in 1971, where Pakistan clearly lost with the capture of 93,000 Pakistani prisoners, and perhaps 10,000 casualties..........the Pakistani military clearly had other options in East Pakistan(they should have let the incompetent Mujib make a fool of himself in East Pakistan, and there after reinstate central control after a few years), but they thought genociding 3,000,000 of their own population, with mass rapes would solve the problem. That somehow coexistence and Pakistani sovereignty could be guaranteed by the brute force of a nation, over 1,000 miles away surrounded by India...........The Einsteins in the Pakistani top military certainly thought so.
(iii) The Jewish dominated Clinton administration brought an idea that perhaps Pakistan should create, back, arm, train, provide logistics, command and control, insert ISI personnel in order to create the Taliban, with Gulf money to bring stability to a civil war racked Afghanistan, and thus give Pakistan strategic depth against India.
Now any reasonable Pakistani with metric qualifications or otherwise might ask why on earth America, dominated by Jews, would offer Pakistan such an idea (most Pakistanis for good reason are suspicious of American actions in the region).
But you see the Pakistan military especially the top brass, aren't like every other Pakistani, since they are Einsteins. They know better. Tickle them, flatter their ego's in America.
And so since 1994---2001, the Taliban with considerable Pakistani guidance consolidate Afghanistan, and bring some kind of order in that country, except for a small part. There are some problems with this scenario, which the Einsteins in the Pakistani military don't foresee:
(i) The Taliban is not liked by everybody, least of all Iran, Russia and India......so Pakistan, Third World failed state Pakistan is engaged in an expensive proxy war in Afghanistan against those three nations through the Northern Alliance, where upon previously Iran, Russia and India had not shown that much interest in Afghan affairs. Only when Pakistan overtly backs the extremist Taliban do these nations become interested, or to put it another away, when the Einsteins in the Pak military make another great decision (overtly backing the Taliban with open American encouragement), it arouses negative reaction from three powerful nations, which has certain consequences for Pakistan medium to long term in Afghanistan.
(ii) The Taliban aren't the most intelligent people in Afghanistan....they are extremists; they are illiterate stupid people who are wedded to a type of Islam which is extremely primitive. If you have a Taliban government based in Kabul, looking to spread their theology to other parts of the region, wouldn't they pose a threat to Pakistan as well? Wasn't that also thought about? Why couldn't moderate Afghans be used to unite Afghanistan FOR Pakistan........instead of constantly backing the most extremists fundies........Haqqani, Hekmatyar and later the Taliban. Why not normal Afghans, moderate balanced Afghans....why back colorful cartoon characters drawn from some Hollywood movie? Whose interests do such policy serve?
(iii) The Pakistan top brass are still soldiering on with the notion that somehow the Americans soon will leave Afghanistan, and the Taliban will once again be needed to control Afghanistan for Pakistan, and there after block out other nations such as Iran, Russia and especially INDIA. How truly wrong such an assumption is; so wrong. The Americans aren't leaving Afghanistan any time soon, in fact they are increasing their numbers from 8,500 in 2001 to nearly 60,000 by the end of this year, and we can see a combined Occupation force of 100,000 massing in Afghanistan this year alone. The profits from narcotics is yielding great profits for the criminal elements in American society.........another good reason to stay.
Rather than retiring the Americans are increasing their numbers in Afghanistan, and this constitutes a direct threat to Pakistan, from Afghanistan and from within Pakistan. In creating this threat the Pakistan top brass have assisted the Americans, by sustaining the Taliban covertly and maintaining the "al-Qaeda" myth.
The signing of the peace deal between the TTP of Pakistan recently in Swat with the Pakistan military is thus in the above strategic scenario a mistake, since it legitimates the Taliban in Pakistani territory proper, which becomes a base not too far from Peshawar, Taxila, Wah and Islamabad to increase and build their numbers, and consolidate their position.
Which in turn helps the Americans create the propaganda that Pakistan is a failed state (which it is, with American help) which will fall into the hands of the Taliban (unlikely----it is an ethnic Pashtun organization, representing at best 15% of Pakistanis), and thus America must intervene within Pakistan, the initial steps of which have already taken place incrementally with the drone attacks against the "al-Qaeda" and Afghan Taliban based allegedly in FATA, from Pakistani military bases. And now the Americans are talking about fighting the Pakistan Taliban for Pakistan presumably.........Whilst the Pakistani military make peace with the TTP. Who is making these policies in Pakistan, Mickey Mouse?
After considerable negotiation the Swat Valley chapter of the Tehreek-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP) agreed to a permanent ceasefire in the war-torn region. The move seemed to solidify the agreement last week between the government and the powerful cleric Sufi Muhammad, founder of the Tehreek-e Nafaz-e Shariat-e Mohammadi (TNSM) to enforce Islamic law in Malakand, a broad region in the North-West Frontier Province (NWFP) that includes the Swat Valley.
The TTP has a national umbrella organization which has said it would support the local chapter with whatever decision they made on the matter. The success of the Malakand pact has led the Bajauri chapter of the TTP to once again offer a ceasefire on the condition that the long-standing military operations in the agency halt. The Bajaur TTP has attempted ceasefires in the past, but the Pakistani government has never abided by them. Bajaur Agency is the northernmost part of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), bordering both Afghanistan and Malakand.
And while the move toward peace has been a great relief to locals, it has ruffled many feathers on the international scene. The United States has already made clear its objections to the deal, now neighboring India - with whom the Pakistani government has seen rising tensions since the Mumbai terrorist attack of November, is condemning it as well.
Pranab Mukherjee, the External Affairs Minister of India, said the peace underscored that Pakistan remains in denial over the issue of cross-border terrorism. Mukherjee added that the deal was a matter of “deep concern” for his government and that no compromise with any Taliban organization should be tolerated.