Taliban and Pakistan

'In the current spirit of nationalism, it is hard to avoid an impression that many Pakistanis are relieved to be unified against the one enemy they can all agree on, India. By constrast, many remain deeply sceptical about their need to tackle terrorism and a Taliban insurgency at home, despite over 50 suicide bomb blasts in Pakistan last year.'

'United against the wrong enemy', The Economist, December 20th 2008 issue

'The Pakhtun who experience the full range of Talibanisation, day and and day out, know that Taliban atrocities are not going to end with a dialogue. The Taliban have an agenda of a savage social order to be imposed on the people. The Pakhtun are not ready for that and this is the reason why they are bearing the brunt of the Taliban savagery. Hatred against the Taliban in the Pakhtun areas is at an all-time high and so is disappointment, even resentment, about the Pakistani army for its failure to stop the Taliban. All over the NWFP and FATA one can find people who even discuss possibilities of Israel and India to be asked for help. Their argument goes like this: "We are not killed by Israel and India. We are killed by the Taliban and the Pakistani army. So, who is our enemy, then?" Many people in the Taliban-occupied territories of the NWFP and FATA told me they constantly pray for the US drones to bomb the Taliban headquarters in their areas since the Pakistani army is unwilling to do so.'

'No point in talking to the Taliban', Farhat Taj, The News, January 23, 2009

Comments

i'd say no point talking in between ourselves too.

i will go with shehzad roy's lyrics, 'kuch na kar kuch na kar tu, sab kuch Allah pe chor tu, Allah he tera hafiz hai.'
Abdullah Shahid said…
'Many people in the Taliban-occupied territories of the NWFP and FATA told me they constantly pray for the US drones to bomb the Taliban headquarters in their areas since the Pakistani army is unwilling to do so.'

A few days back some people from the tribal areas gathered in Islamabad protesting against the operation going on their and saying things like are we not Pakistanis? And let us ask the rest of 160 million Pakistanis. How many of them want the American drones. Yesterday's attack killed 22 and they say that all of them were innocent, none was Taliban. If I were living in an area with few homes of Taliban near by I wouldn't want any planes to bombard in my area and 'accidentally' hit my house.
Abdullah Shahid said…
At the World Performing Arts Festival at Qadaffi, Lahore there were different stalls selling cultural things, at the entrance. One stall was set by a man from Sawat. He told me that he didn't want any operation in his town.
M. Umer Toor said…
Or as Gen. Shuja Pasha, DG ISI, says, "Our enemy is not Indai, but terror [within us]"
Awais said…
@ Abdullah

If you were living near the Taliban homes, you wouldn't have the cultural freedom you enjoy right now. There wouldn't be things like the World Performing Arts Festival. And you would have to keep a beard, because all the barbers would have been forced to closed their shops. And there wouldn't be any CDs because the Taliban would have burned them all.

I am not in favour of the American attacks. I just wanted to point out that the Taliban extremism has driven many people to think that way.
Abdullah Shahid said…
O really? But I still wouldn't want people to bomb down the houses.