Washington, May 7 (ANI): The Pakistan Army might have initiated an offensive against the Taliban with a primary objective of flushing the extremists out of the North West Frontier Province (NWFP), but the Army itself is to be blamed for the current turbulent situation of not only Pakistan but also the whole region, a report in a leading US daily said
A report in the Wall Street Journal, while blaming the Pakistan Army for the present tumultuous situation of Pakistan and also the whole region, said that until the military has a proper counterinsurgency strategy in place, success can not be guaranteed in the operation
"The real power belonged to the military, whose ambivalence, duplicity and outright support for the militants over the past three decades have brought us to this pass," the report said.
Even though Pakistan is facing a grim situation and also a probable threat to its existence internally, the country's army still considers arch rival India its number one enemy, the report said.
"By waging a proper fight against the Taliban, Army chief General Ashfaq Kayani would also keep Pakistan more secure on the eastern front," it added.
Furthermore, the newspaper said Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari was not the "most powerful man in Pakistan".
Terming Zardari's regime as "weak", it said the President had spent too much time nurturing a political feud with former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif rather than chalking out plans to douse the internal fire.
However, the newspaper considered Zardari's government a better friend of the United States than the 'protean' friendship of General Pervez Musharraf. (ANI)