Pakistan Reduces Number of US Trainers for “Fear of Spying”

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This is a headline from daily Dawn: ” ‘Pakistan’s request for fewer US trainers reflects fear of spying.’ Makes one wonder about the nature of Pakistan’s policies toward US “advisors.” First of all, why does a military force that eats up a major part of Pakistani GDP need the Americans to come and train them: don’t they have training facilities of their own? And, let us assume, if such American specialists are needed for some reason, why can’t they be monitored and whetted correctly.

Last I checked, the MI and ISI were quite good at keeping tabs on their own officers and politicians. What prevents them from being similarly cautious about the American trainers. And why, as the Raymond Davis case has taught us, did they not know as to how many private US contractors were working in Pakistan? How hard can it be to keep a record of that, given the resources of the Pakistani intelligence agencies?

And now, as the public opinion has become increasingly anti-American, thanks to Mr. Davis, our armchair generals and drawing-room politicians have suddenly realized that having so many US “experts” in the field could facilitate spying!!

How brilliant of them to finally solve this great mystery!

By M R

Originally from Pakistan, Dr. Masood Ashraf Raja is an Associate Professor of Postcolonial Literature and Theory and the editor of Pakistaniaat: A Journal of Pakistan Studies.
Raja tweets @masoodraja

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