Партнерство во имя мира в Гиндукуше

Хайберский проход, северо-западная пограничная провинция Пакистана – У президента Пакистана Первеза Мушаррафа и президента Афганистана Хамида Карзай никогда не было совместной стратегии по охране границы. Но, когда находишься в форте Мични, самой высокой точке Хайберского прохода, глядя на тысячи грузовиков и автобусов, которые движутся в Пакистан через территорию Афганистана под тенью Гиндукуша, в голову приходит очевидная мысль: контроль над афганско-пакистанской границей требует от Афганистана и Пакистана совместной политики борьбы с повстанцами.

У нового правительства Пакистана есть прекрасная возможность встать на путь таких перемен. Чтобы прекратить вербовку людей и перекрыть поставки Талибана и аль-Каиды, обе страны в тандеме должны бороться с боевиками.

Это, во-первых, означает улучшение подготовки пограничных сил в обеспечении безопасности, в первую очередь Пограничного корпуса Пакистана, боевой группе из 50 000 человек, рассредоточенной вдоль афганской границы на 1 600 миль. Это подразделение сейчас находится в очень плохой форме. Солдаты получают не более двух долларов в день за патрулирование района, раскинувшегося на территории включающей в себя районы от гор высотой 25 000 футов до засушливых пустынь.

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