Pakistan shocked, shocked at terrorism in Afghanistan

posted at 7:33 am on July 31, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

You have to admire the Pakistanis for their nerve.  After months of appeasing terrorists in their own country who then conduct attacks in neighboring Afghanistan, the Pakistani government finds itself shocked to have been victimized by it.  Islamabad had the nerve to complain to Afghanistan about a lack of security after a consulate got hit by a bomb:

Explosives placed on a bicycle detonated outside the gates of the consulate in the city of Herat, said Naeem Khan, spokesman for the Pakistani Embassy in the Afghan capital, Kabul.

He said a policeman was wounded but according to Mir Ahmad, a police official in Herat, two people were hurt — a police guard and a woman. …

Pakistan’s government was quick to condemn the blast and remind the Afghan government of its duty to protect diplomatic offices. “We hope that Government of Afghanistan will take its responsibility seriously,” a statement from Pakistan’s foreign ministry said.

Are they kidding?  Afghanistan has fought a war against the Taliban and al-Qaeda for seven years — groups that base themselves in Pakistan and regularly cross the border for their operations.  Kabul and NATO have demanded that Pakistan take action to stop them, and what has Pakistan done?  They have cut deals with terrorists that allow them to step up their attacks in Afghanistan.

Now suddenly, Islamabad wants Kabul to “take its responsibility seriously”. Perhaps the Gilani government should look to itself and its responsibilities first.  If they don’t take steps to keep terrorists and militias from using Pakistani sovereign land for attacks on a neighboring country, then they have forfeited that sovereignty or need to take responsibility for providing aid and shelter to hostile forces.  As the CIA told them last month, they can start by cleaning house at the ISI.

Until then, the Gilani government in Islamabad gets the Captain Louis Renault award for hypocritical sanctimony.


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Nothing good will come of Pakistan’s fence-straddling.

Immolate on July 31, 2008 at 7:45 AM

I question the timing.

OldEnglish on July 31, 2008 at 7:49 AM

You allow a rat to live in your house and then are suprised when it eats your food?

boomer on July 31, 2008 at 7:55 AM

Certain places have historically always been sh*tholes. Not much you’re gonna do about it.

JiangxiDad on July 31, 2008 at 8:34 AM

“We hope that Government of Afghanistan will take its responsibility seriously,” a statement from Pakistan’s foreign ministry said.

Careful what you wish for, Mahmood.

Jaibones on July 31, 2008 at 8:46 AM

What do you expect from Muslims, reason? Har Dee Har Har.

mustng66 on July 31, 2008 at 8:47 AM

What did the Pakistanis think they had running around their landscape over there, an air rifle gun club or something?

pilamaye on July 31, 2008 at 8:59 AM

Pakistan’s government was quick to condemn the blast and remind the Afghan government of its duty to protect diplomatic offices.

I agree! I think Afghanistan should drop a battalion or two in there to do just that! (assuming they have the troops)

dominigan on July 31, 2008 at 8:59 AM

sounds like an invitation to do what needs doing.

trailortrash on July 31, 2008 at 9:05 AM

Its time to pull our ambassodor. Cut off all aid to these low life slugs. And mass troops on their border. DD

Darvin Dowdy on July 31, 2008 at 10:20 AM

Is the Gilani government channeling the Weimar Republic?

Utter impotence in the face of powerful extremists never survives long.

NoDonkey on July 31, 2008 at 10:33 AM

Personally, I think the Afgans should set off a bomb in front of the Paki’s consulate every day until the Paki’s get off their asses and secure their border.

GarandFan on July 31, 2008 at 11:16 AM

That is some balls they have there.

Tim Burton on July 31, 2008 at 1:19 PM

re Darvin Dowdy,
It’s time to pull our ambassador. Cut off all aid to these low life slugs.

I pretty much agree with Mr. Dowdy. I don’t know about pulling the ambassador but cutting off a good part of the money would get their attention. We send Pakistan a lot of money, billions as I understand it. A 50% reduction would definitly get their attention. If no measurable improvement,
remove the other 50%.

2theright on July 31, 2008 at 1:41 PM

“We hope that Government of Afghanistan will take its responsibility seriously,” a statement from Pakistan’s foreign ministry said.

To which Karzai holds up a mirror in front of Gilani.

ThePrez on July 31, 2008 at 4:45 PM

A couple more of these bombings, and Gilani may “greenlight” a number of pending operations in the Tribal areas.

coldwarrior on July 31, 2008 at 6:18 PM