Former US Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis termed Pakistan as the “most dangerous” country due to its nuclear capabilities and radicalization. Jim also said that the tragedy for the Pakistani people is that they do not have leaders who care about their future.
Mr. Mattis who led the US forces into Afghanistan in the aftermaths of the 9/11 attacks, has a decade of experience of interacting with the military leadership in Pakistan.
In his new book, “Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead”, the 68-year-old said that Pakistan’s political culture has an active self-destructive streak.
“Pakistan was a country born with no affection for itself, and there was an active self-destructive streak in its political culture,” he said.
“Of all the countries I’ve dealt with, I consider Pakistan to be the most dangerous, because of the radicalization of its society and the availability of nuclear weapons,” Mr. Mattis said.
“The tragedy for the Pakistani people is that they don’t have leaders who care about their future. As an illustration of the lack of trust, when we believed we had identified Osama bin Laden’s hiding place deep inside Pakistan, President (Barack) Obama sent in a team to kill him without informing the Pakistanis,” he said.
In his book, Mr. Mattis writes about the changes he made on the ground of communication to Afghanistan when he was Commander of the US Central Command.
“I was uneasy that more than 70 percent of NATO’s logistics lifeline depended upon one route, via Pakistan. I took one look at the map and decided we had to change the pieces on the chessboard,” he notes.
“He had learned the Haqqani terrorist group, harbored in Pakistan, was preparing a massive truck bomb. General Ashfaq Kayani, the Chief of Staff of Pakistan”s army, said he would take action.
“Two days later, that bomb detonated at a US base near Kabul, wounding seventy-seven American soldiers and killing five Afghans. A few days later, Haqqani terrorists attacked our embassy in Kabul,” he writes.
At a diplomatic function in Washington, Mr. Mattis slammed the then Pakistani ambassador to the US Husain Haqqani saying, “You have a Pakistan Army division headquarters in the same city as the terrorist headquarters. You say you’re not on their side, but now they attack our embassy in a raid coordinated from your side of the border. You’re supporting the very people who will kill you one day.”