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Pakistan could collapse within six months: Report

Pakistan could collapse within six months in the face of snowballing insurgency, according to a top expert on guerrilla warfare.

world Updated: Apr 06, 2009 17:27 IST

Pakistan could collapse within six months in the face of snowballing insurgency, according to a top expert on guerrilla warfare.

Such dire prediction was given by David Kilcullen, a former adviser to top US military commander General David H. Petraeus.

Petraeus also echoed the same thought when he told a Congressional testimony last week that insurgency was one which could “take down” Pakistan, which is home to nuclear arms and Al-Qaeda.

Kilcullen’s comments come as Pakistan is witnessing an unprecedented upswing in terrorists strikes and now some analysts in Pakistan and Washington are putting forward apocalyptic timetables for the country.

In an analysis piece, the New York Times cast doubts about the success of President Barack Obama’s strategy offering Pakistan a partnership to defeat insurgency, but the Pakistanis still consider India enemy number one.

Officially, Pakistan’s government welcomed Obama’s strategy, with its hefty infusions of American money, hailing it as a “positive change”, the paper said.

But as the Obama administration tries to bring Pakistanis to its side, large parts of the public, political class and the military have brushed off the plan, rebuffing the idea that the threat from Al-Qaeda and the Taliban, which Washington calls a common enemy, is so urgent, it added.