After showering praise on Pakistan for capturing Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Taliban's operations chief, some American analysts and newspapers have began to question Islamabad's motives in seizing him. In an editorial on Monday, The Boston Globe claimed that Pakistan was worried about the prospects of an agreement between Taliban and the Afghan government. "Pakistani leaders know that Afghan President Hamid Karzai has been seeking reconciliation talks with the Taliban and that Baradar approved contacts between Taliban leaders and Karzais brother," the newspaper said. "An agreement between the Taliban and the Karzai government could deprive Pakistan of influence in next-door Afghanistan. That prospect disturbs Pakistani leaders, who have long tried to maximize their power in Afghanistan to keep it from linking up with Pakistans rival, India," the editorial said. "Pakistans powerful army chief, General Ashraf Kayani, recently said his country has 'opened all doors to cooperation with US and NATO forces in Afghanistan. But he warned that Pakistans 'strategic paradigm has to be realized in Afghanistan. He meant a postwar Afghan government friendly to Pakistan and resistant to India. This has been the obsessive aim of Pakistani policy in Afghanistan ever since Pakistani intelligence forces midwifed the birth of the Taliban in the mid-90s. "Its helpful to the American cause if Pakistan now believes its best chance of maintaining influence in Afghanistan is to cooperate with US and NATO forces. But it would be deeply damaging if Pakistan were to try to block peace negotiations between the Taliban and the Karzai government. "US military commanders in Afghanistan have wisely insisted that the war be concluded by political means. The current troop surge is aimed at convincing insurgent factions to seek a peace deal with the Afghan government. So President Obama needs to warn Pakistan that true cooperation means helping, not hindering, such an agreement."