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Express News’ Siyaasi Log with Masood Sharif 17th Jan 2009

January 17th, 2009

NOTE: The following media is in the Urdu language and NOT in English.

Masood Sharif Khan Khattak on Express News Siyaasi Log 17th Jan 2009. This is an interview about India Pakistan relations. Other people on the show include Major General (Retd) Jamshed Ayaz Khan, Barrister Muhammad Ali Saif and Indian Journalist Amit Baruah, editor of Hindustan Times.

The topics discussed are Mumbai attacks, denouncing terrorism, military, terrorism, India-Pakistan ties and the future prospects of peace and war between the two nuclear powers.

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Global power struggle and us Part II

January 17th, 2009

The late 1970s saw a series of Soviet-propelled political changes in Kabul. In April 1979, elements from the 40th Soviet Army Group deployed at Bagram near Kabul. This was followed on Dec 24 by a full-scale Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.

Pakistan’s riposte to the invasion was spearheaded by the ISI. The heroic Mujahideen put together by Pakistan and the Pakhtun tribes of the NWFP had managed to stop the advance of the Soviet Army.

ISI-CIA relations entered a new phase. The ISI played the lead role while the CIA provided backup support in terms of funds and weapons. The Soviets began to realise that they were fighting a losing battle. Informal talks for a Soviet withdrawal had started as early as 1982. The Geneva Accords were signed in 1988.

Had Pakistan not engaged the Soviet forces within Afghanistan they would have consolidated the Afghan occupation in a few weeks and have certainly made a dash to the Arabian Sea. The USA and its allies would have had to fight the Soviet forces and thus start a third world war.
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