Mon, 05 Dec 2011 12:40:33 GMT

Pakistan's ambitions run far beyond Afghanistan

Throughout its short history, Pakistan has bewildered its critics by lurching from crisis to crisis and yet somehow not only surviving but seeming to emerge militarily charged after every trial.

Pakistan's ambitions run far beyond Afghanistan

While Pakistan's army chiefs and its military dictators have invariably exercised unbridled control over the country, current army chief General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani has gone a step beyond his predecessors. Like them, he has absolute power within the country, but he adds to that with an awesome aura over the Americans too. They address their most important appeals to him rather than the civilian government.

Former US president George W. Bush, in Mumbai recently, said American patience with Pakistan is wearing thin. But so far as Pakistan is concerned, that does not deter its current ambitions.

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