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    Russia plans to impose sanctions on Pakistan

    WASHINGTON: Russia plans to push the Security Council to impose sanctions on Pakistan for its support to Taliban, says a report in The New York Times.

    Russia is likely to lead the campaign against Pakistan this month and in this drive, the Russians have the French on their side. Both have compiled dossiers, accusing Pakistan of its direct support to the Taliban in their fight against Northern Alliance.

    The report says the Russian campaign, coming after two rounds of United Nations sanctions against the Taliban, has the potential to place the Bush administration in a quandary.

    Barbara Crossette, writing for the Times, says Pakistan already has serious economic and political problems and faces a rising tide of more than a million Afghan refugees. But Washington has also led the drive to isolate the Taliban for harbouring Osama bin Laden. Moreover, there are signs that Pakistan, which initially backed the Taliban in hopes of creating a pliable government next door, is now having doubts about its support, as the Taliban have become heroes to radical Islamic forces in Pakistan, she writes.

    The Bush administration, now engaged in a general review of sanctions as a foreign policy tool, has given no indication as to how it will deal with Afghanistan. The first review of sanctions imposed on the Taliban in January on American and Russian insistence will come before the Council on Thursday.

    There are also questions about whether aid to the Taliban is coming from the administration of General Pervez Musharraf or from freewheeling elements inside Pakistani intelligence agencies in league with Islamic parties.

    Pakistan continues to deny that it is giving material support to the Taliban. Shamshad Ahmad, Pakistan's Ambassador to the United Nations, earlier dismissed the allegations of the support. He said his country is "a law-abiding member of the United Nations, in full compliance with Security Council resolutions." He referred to the resolutions that ban military aid to the Taliban but not to its armed opposition. "There is no ground for any sanctions on Pakistan," he said.

    The United Nations officials, some of whom opposed the sanctions, say Russia, Iran and lately India have been equally to blame for fuelling the war in Afghanistan, by supporting the armed opposition against the Taliban, the report says.

    Barnett Rubin, Director of Studies at the Centre on International Cooperation in New York University, in an interview to The NY Times, was critical of the sanctions policy as it was currently constructed. "What's totally missing to complement the sanctions is incentives to give the Afghan people a concrete idea of what reconstruction might be available if they change their behaviour," he said.

    Rubin added that a policy of sanctions without incentives "is not the way to get people to reorient their behaviour more toward peace-building and to strengthen moderates who are either in the Taliban or on the Taliban side at the moment." He also questioned the support to Ahmad Shah Masood, a cosmopolitan former general in a previous Afghan government, who is leading the armed opposition and has long attracted Western support as the face of moderate Islam in Afghanistan.

    In anticipation of Security Council review of the sanctions this week, Masood went to garner support in Europe, where he received praise from Foreign Minister Hubert Vedrine of France, a spokesman for the French Foreign Ministry said. "Among the leaders who exist in Afghanistan," Rubin said, "Masood is the best, but the fact is that he represents very little in Afghanistan," noting that Masood is a member of the Tajik minority. "He has a very narrow political base."

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    Russia and its partners should think about putting sanctions on them selves. They are the big contributors of this civil war amongst the Afghans. As much as they will love to believe that it is the Pakistani government that is supporting the Taliban they donít know the whole truth, but the fact is that it is the single mind individuals that support the Taliban from Pakistan, with their supporters, the Islamic Groups within Pakistan. Itís the individual Pakistani that gives more support in Kashmir and Afghan, not the government. Unlike the Taliban, the opposition gets and has more support from governments then anyone else. The UN should first bring France, Russia, IRAN, India and US (original supporter of Taliban) to the court, because these are the actual governments that have supported the civil war in Afghanistan.

    *We are the Taleban-Resistance is Futile*
    Sin: Osama Bin Junior

    Good - I call it creative De-Marketing for the Russian prostitutes that come to Pakistan. The Rusky's are helping us clean the country - Good for them


      yeah yeah yeah, like we care ..
      There are only two forces in the world, the sword and the spirit. In the end the sword will always be conquered by the spirit. --Napoleon Bonaparte


        Pakistan has so many sanctions against it, that I think they should start selling them for profit:-P

        In case Russia didnt know, Pakistan has been living with sanctions for the past 11 years. We are immune. Someone give them the go ahead.


          russia got a minute to lift its head from under US boots to bark? wow..

          Maybe russia should ask for sanctions against USA too since intially US was the one who had supported afghans against Russia.

          Russia...what a joke of a the mighty have fallen, cant play with the big dawgs eh?
          The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he did not exist. And like that... he is gone.


            In case Russia forgot, sanctions from the security council require approval from the P-5. And that group just happens to include China.
            Let Russians waste their energy.