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Nato supply resumption question

Published May 24, 2012 09:09pm

WHILE commenting on the closure of Nato supply by Pakistan after the Chicago summit, US President Barack Obama said: “The US does not want Pakistan to be consumed by its own extremism.”

He was, of course, referring to Pakistani society’s march towards the right and rampant anti-Americanism. Pakistan has been chastised in the local and international media for becoming an intolerant society and the increasing role of religion in the public space is considered as the sole reason for this growing phenomenon.

The issue of closure of the Nato supply route is also seen in this context where the public is considered ‘emotional’ and ‘idealistic’ in its demands for cutting Pakistan’s alliance with the US and Nato by continuing the blockade of the ground lines of communication for Nato forces fighting in Afghanistan.

It is believed that this is a direct consequence of sense of ‘honour’ and ‘dignity’ which has no place in the pragmatic world of international affairs. So the right-wing parties and right leaning intellectuals within the Pakistani intelligentsia are blamed for misleading the society and encouraging intolerant attitudes, something which Mr Obama arrogantly pointed out.

However, it is the attitude of the Pakistan government in tackling the issue of opposition to the resumption of Nato supply lines which really smacks of intolerance and intellectual bankruptcy. In collusion with the US administration, the government has created a ‘scare campaign’ within the local and international media to frighten the people in to reopening the Nato supply lines, suggesting that the government does not have any choice in this matter.

Cooperation with the US in the war on terror, when the masses are suffering from the disastrous economic repercussions of Pakistan’s participation in this war, only strengthens the perception that this government is continuing to safeguard the interests of the US rather than that of the masses.

MOEZ MOBEEN Islamabad

Post-2014 scenario

GROUND realities remain the same despite high-profile discussions and meetings. While the US troop withdrawal edges closer, the Taliban have maintained control over major strongholds, especially in Kunar and Nuristan regions where they operate without any fear.

The US is well aware that Afghanistan could drift into anarchy and civil war after the US/Nato troops pull out and the Afghan army takes the security in its juvenile hands. It will require assurance from regional neighbours to commit themselves to peace in Afghanistan.

This shows that we may be passing through a difficult time, but the ultimate test is yet to come after the 2014 troop drawdown.

Is Pakistan ready for it? What has the government done to safeguard itself against such an eventuality? Isn’t it time to think a little further than the present?

DR NIDA SHAMI Windsor, Canada


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Comments (5) (Closed)


ali
May 25, 2012 05:00am
Why are religion and intolerance synonymous? Why do they always preach hatred and violence? Something does not add up. I think our religion has been hijacked by the socalled right. We need to get it back and show a tolerant and benevolent side of our religion.
v. joshi
May 25, 2012 06:05am
no comment
SAQIB
May 25, 2012 11:55am
THE PROBLEM IS THAT WE IGNORE WHAT AMERICANS ARE DOING IN THE REST OF ISLAMIC WORLD. NATO SUPPLY SHOULD NOT BE RESUMMED FOR KILLINGS OF MUSLIMS IN AFGANISTAN!!! PAKISTANI LEADERS SHOULD LOOK AT IRAN AND LEARN A LESSON. SIMPLY WE CANNOT RELEASE SUPPLIES FOR AMERICANS TO KILL OUR MUSLIM BROTHERS AND SISTERS!!
chen
May 25, 2012 02:09pm
By withholding opening of Nato Supply route, Pakistan is trying to kill the goose laying golden eggs.!
Tawheed
May 26, 2012 03:25am
To me it seems that the misconception of the majority of American population stil seems to be that Islam is a major factor in causing unrest in this region. They should realize that Islam is a religion of peace, and if they support muslims and not label them terrorist, they might get more help.