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Taliban: some wrong assumptions


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ON Oct 28 PTI Chairman Imran Khan gave a talk in front of almost 500 people in  Silicon Valley, CA, and he gave his views about the Taliban.

In so many words he virtually condoned Taliban atrocities in Pakistan. He blamed US drone attacks on tribal areas as the reason for Taliban rampage on the streets of Pakistan.

He insisted that Pakistan should ‘isolate’ good and bad Taliban (did not say how to) and negotiate with those who are ‘not’ involved in terrorist activities.

He gave three reasons for his argument: Since the British government negotiated peace with the IRA, why cannot we talk to the TTP?

Because the US is opening dialogue with the Afghan Taliban, why should Pakistan not do that?

There were no suicide attacks before 9/11.

His first argument is challenged time and again (unfortunately never by the Pakistani media) that the dialogue with the IRA was only initiated after the IRA agreed to lay down weapons; his second argument is rather naïve because one must not compare the US -- which is an occupying force -- with the Pakistan army -- which is trying to impose the writ of the constitutional government.

Everywhere in the world it is the occupiers who open dialogue with insurgents. So if US is doing this, there is nothing new about it. As long as the TTP is carrying weapons, there must be no dialogue.

Imran’s third argument, unfortunately, is also quite gullible. Before 9/11, Pakistani security agencies and the religio - political parties were supporting militant groups and allowing them to use Pakistani soil to get trained and join the ‘struggles’ in Kashmir, Afghanistan, Central Asia and even as far as Arakan.

Even today, if Pakistan would allow the Taliban to get trained and send ‘mujahids’ all over the world, there will be no suicide bombing inside Pakistan. However, then Pakistan must not expect any mercy from outside countries -- even from its allies like China.

No one knows on which information the PTI believes that after they will talk to the TTP, the latter will throw arms and start farming and cultivation.

The TTP is well - entrenched and getting organised on an everyday basis in tribal areas and now in settled areas as well.

It is time the government launched a massive military operation in North Waziristan against the TTP and took control of the North Waziristan Agency.

Now, after attacks on Malala, Qazi Hussain Ahmed and Shia processions during Muharram and now a murder attempt on Hamid Mir (which the police suspect as the TTP’s action), there is even more reason for the government to move in. Their power will be significantly reduced once their core is broken.

MISBAH U. AZAM United States

Comments (7) Closed

Beg Dec 04, 2012 04:20am
Naive or cunning. One of the two you are. You are trying to push pakistan army in quagmire. Pakistan cannot afford such a folly. These people are our own and imran is right in his approach and that is the only way to stabilize pakistan
Ahmed Dec 03, 2012 02:09am
If you are still attending Imran Khan's money-collecting expeditions to Pakistan, then you are being fair neither to yourself or to the thousands of Pakistanis who have died at the hands of his "innocent taliban" or to the Pakistani nation itself which has been reduced to being a basket case by the brazen refusal of the taliban to respect the right of the people of Pakistan to be ruled by elected representatives rather than by those seeking power through force.
Jalaluddin S. Hussain Dec 03, 2012 03:53am
I personally feel it is a question of weak governance and rampant corruption in Pakistan. Whether Pakistanis like it or not, they will have to tighten their belts, live a simple life and work hard to bring about honesty and fairness in their everyday dealings. Only saying superficially "Insha-Allah" and performing religious rituals will not help!
observer Dec 02, 2012 12:34pm
Imran Khan just wants to heavily, heavily defeat the two major political parties as this is a question of his own credibility (and his own ego). Now, he could have taken a liberal approach or a conservative approach to achieve this end. Any ideology or any approach is just means to him. The end is to win the election. In today's Pakistan, which is isolated from the world and is going backwards, it would be hard to appeal to the masses using liberal agenda. So, he found it more convenient to use right-wing agenda to try and get his tsunami sweep everyone else. Do you think he cares or knows about IRA, talks between USA and Afghan Taliban, etc. when he justifies his own stance? He knows that it is okay to take any means as long as end is likely to be achieved.
Shahid Masud Dec 02, 2012 04:49pm
Being a cricket Hero doesn't necessarily means that Imran Khan has the abilities to lead the country. Just like Air Marshall (rtd) Asghar Khan he might be an honest person but not the abilities.
Aj Dec 02, 2012 04:24pm
your notion means we carry out grand military operation using daisy cutter bombs and bring hell on to them, without ignoring the fact that there is a big civilian population there. solution to this is STRONG INTELLIGENCE & DIALOGUE
MOHAMMAD Dec 03, 2012 03:33am
true.very well written.