So finally Pakistan has got something to be proud of. They must be celebrating after years of violence, blasts and civil unrest. The T20 WorldCup is like a chill-pill for them. But how long will it last? I’m not so sure about it. A poor country , which was on the verge of bankruptcy till a few months ago, surviving on the aid donated to it by IMF & US, and other allies, with growth rate as low as 2% and an on-going heavy-military war with the Taliban, with added-disadvantages of inflation, domestic terrorism, political breakdown, military influence and their desire of the army to level itself with the Indian military by pursuing an armsrace with it. Does such a country has any near hope of good future? I don’t think so. Figures say that the on-going war with Taliban has already costed nearly $35 Billion. Despite the tremendous amount of aid from USA ($1.5 Billion per year), the country is still losing more money than it is actually gaining. War has also created the problem of settling more than 2 million IDPs (Internally Displaced People), who are right now surviving in temporary camps. Instead of saving money and utilising it for the welfare of its people and revamping its degrading health and education system, it has been increasing its defence spending in order to pursue its arms-race with India. With this kind of attitude, that country can never pull itself out of this pervailing messy situation.
Even after the military’s claims of killing thousands of militants, its actually the country which is losing, not the Taliban. Taliban has openly said that their main goal is to keep that country engaged in war, until the country loses all its money and the economy totally disintegrates. The USA knows of this fact and I believe that is the reason why it is keen to donate billions of dollars to Pakistan. However, Pakistan is still not making the efficient usage of this money. According to a recent report in Times of India, the Pakistan military has diverted US funds to buy a vast range of conventional and non-conventional weapons including Ballistic Missiles, Marine Patrol Aircrafts, AWACS, Gravity Bombs, F-16s and other equipments, most of which have absolutely no use against the Taliban, for its war with Taliban is mostly ground and artillery-based. But it doesn’t require a 5th grader’s brain to guess the actual intention of buying these weapons.