Afghanistan: [Excised] Criticizes GOP's Afghan Policy; Says It Is Letting Policy Drift, July 16, 1998 [open pdf - 195KB]
"A Pakistan government source who is 'a longtime and bitter political opponent of [Pakistani Prime Minister] Nawaz Sharif' laments on the lack of a firm 'sense of direction' in Pakistan's Afghan policy and the failure of the Pakistani government to take serious efforts to control its border with Afghanistan. According to the source, who appears to be former Interior Minister Nasrullah Babar, 'the Bhutto government's efforts in regard to Afghanistan could be criticized on many fronts, but at least the policy was coherent - we tried to build the Taliban up and then tried to push them to negotiations (in October 1996) after they captured Kabul.' Under the 'Nawaz Sharif government, there has never been a sustained effort to bring the factions to the bargaining table."
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