ah.. thats my mistake, evidently my knowledge of the chaps who fought in afghanistan leaves much to be desired... how about the tanks being manned by reserves??
I have difficulty imagining such a thing. The Pakistanis cannot currently train reserves as they have a hard time keeping the existing formations well trained. I don't know where they are going to get the money to train another tank division much less tool it up. I don't doubt that they could probably muster a few thousand reserves from their government pasand tribes like Yusufzai, Khattak, Arbab, Mehsud etc... but these would be even less effective than the FC units in balochistan currently are. These guys are okay for looting and pillaging but the only form of disciplined activity that they can undertake is probably patrolling a border. Thats abou it. Their commitment will be of poor quality and their organization will be deficient.
It is one thing for the Pakistanis to raise a lashkar from Afghan refugees at camps in Landi Kotal, Kohat, Parachinar etc... to fight some 50,000 soviet troops spread out over the mountains of Afghanistan but if the same approach is used to hit 120,000 Indian troops moving at high speed across the plains of Punjab - then the results will not be comparable.
never said anything about the mullahs from NWFP being wahhabis... ... note i used the 'wahhabi card' mentioning royal families from arabia.. more on that of course in 'reinforcements part II'... its in the works
Okay perhaps I misunderstood you but I find it hard to believe that you could elicit the support of a large number of people in the NWFP or Northern Balochistan region without the support of MMA mullahs. Given the extent to which the current Gov. Pak has alienated these people it is difficult to imagine there being an effective recruiting drive.
I admit I took a leaf out of the 1947 kashmir war and to some extent the subsequent ones. Atleast in the case of 1947, tribal levies had been raised from the NWFP and FATA... to some extent in the subsequent wars... plus one has to account for ISI influence in the area and their gift for rabble rousing... nothing like a sob story about cute li'l SFTA kids being bombed by kaffirs to rouse up the tribal masses... as I said, there has to be some payback for all the dollars and guns that went into the region.... wasnt there some analysis about the irregulars being organised by mushy when we were knockin on their borders after the parliament attack??
I agree there will be propaganda aimed at getting these tribes to come to the Government of Pakistan's side but the situation in Kashmir in 1947 is quite different from the situation facing them in 2008. They are watching a fully geared Indian army of a million or so fanning out across the bulk of Pakistani punjab with well planned airsupport. Such an Indian expedition will come with a mind bent on complete destruction there will be no desire to leave a blade of grass standing it is aftermath. This is very very different from how the IA went into Kashmir in 1947.