The whole nation was numbed by the September 22 suicide bombing on churchgoers on Sunday morning in Peshawar. The death toll so far is 81 but is likely to rise as many of the 120 injured are in critical condition. No one has so far professed responsibility but some of the foreign news agencies maintain that Tehrik-e- Taliban Pakistan has claimed responsibility and has threatened to attack non-Muslim targets from now on till the CIA sponsored attacks on North Waziristan in Pakistan’s tribal belt do not stop.
The attack has come in the midst of hectic parleys amongst the policy-makers and the political parties to negotiate with Taliban. Just a few days back, heads of all the major political parties met in Islamabad under Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, and unanimously agreed to conduct negotiations with the Taliban. The Taliban responded four days later by killing a major general in Upper Dir near the Pak-Afghan border and the Taliban spokesman said that the war will continue till a ceasefire is agreed to.
It is a very helpless situation for the people. Everybody is scared of suicide bombers and it is a known fact that many a time the police permit the bomber to enter the targeted area to save their own life after they are shown the suicide vest. The Peshawar police chief after the September 22 attack on the Protestant Church himself told the media that suicide bombers cannot be stopped.
The political parties have virtually stopped their public activities and the last May General Elections were conspicuous by the absence of any public meetings in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan, the two provinces bordering Afghanistan. The only parties that could openly campaign were the ones that either favoured Islamization and the Taliban or talked about negotiating with the latter. This shows the success of Taliban’s appeasement policy and one really wonders as to what the policy-makers are going to negotiate about in such a situation.
The militants control all the seven agencies of the tribal areas six of which border Afghanistan. They use these to launch attacks in Afghanistan and also Pakistan. The courts in Pakistan and the police have no jurisdiction over these areas. One of the reasons for the Taliban also attacking Pakistan, which was not the case earlier, is the fact the army occupied the South Waziristan agency and continues to do so. The ISAF and particularly the Americans desire the army to take a similar action in North Waziristan where most of the militants are now concentrated. The Pakistan government along with the army is reluctant to do so for two reasons: one that they do not desire to annoy the Taliban further as the country is already paying a heavy price for the earlier military action which is widely regarded as an action taken under American pressure; and secondly they calculate that the Taliban will eventually be able to vanquish the Afghan forces and come to power after the withdrawal of American troops next year. They want to see a friendly government in power in Kabul which is regarded in Pakistan as the 'strategic depth doctrine' in the context of tension with India on the eastern border.
The Taliban want an end to the drone attacks. The Pakistan Air Force has the capacity to do so but the armed forces realize the repercussions of downing the CIA drones. This is thus one key demand that cannot be met. They then want all their prisoners to be released. The government for some reason has already started the process without even the start of parleys and without securing anything in return. In fact, the Taliban also are holding on to many kidnapped personnel, including an American soldier and an American contractor kidnapped from Lahore, and a few other European nationals. The Taliban prisoners could have been released in return for at least these abductees but this was not done.
Taliban profess to stand for complete Islamization of the society. It is a different matter that their actions hardly conform to any morality. Nevertheless, this is their major political demand and any negotiations with them may result in intense pressure to adopt Shariah. The governments in Islamabad are in the habit of yielding to such religious pressure since the inception of the country but it is leading to more and more fissures in the national polity.
Pakistan is a huge country in terms of population and the concept of Shariah differs amongst its 180 million people. The Taliban represent the Deobandi school of thought which conflicts directly with the Barelvis, although both belong to the same Sunni sect. The Shias of course are heretics in their eyes and deserve to be killed at sight. The Wahabis represented by the Saudis are also an important player. So, whose Shariah is going to be implemented if the government succumbs to the Taliban insistence to do so? It is going to be a nightmarish experience for the country if an attempt is ever made to Talibanize the country and may result in a civil war like condition which it is already partly experiencing.
Anees Jillani, a lawyer based in Pakistan, is author of the book Advance Towards Democracy.
Huma Yusuf wrote in the New York Times on September 27, "Religious intolerance is no longer the preserve of extremist groups; it is endemic throughout Pakistan. Following the attack Sunday on the church in Peshawar, carried out by a faction of the Pakistani Taliban, the P.M.L.N. government has suspended its call for peace talks with the group. But if the government is serious about tackling violence against religious minorities, it will have to acknowledge that intolerance is a predicament of the mainstream, not just the extreme." (My comment in today's New York Times: "The microphone needs to be snatched from the hands of ignorant fire-breathing mullahs in Pakistan whose status and income seem to depend upon how much hate they can preach. Criminalizing their activity, though essential, will need extra-ordinary courage and commitment on the part of the legislators and the government. The Wahhabi petro-dollar brand of Islam needs to be eradicated from the subcontinent.")
Another good Article as to how the Pak Universities have become hub of Jihad.
Youth has gone with the Mulla hence where is the chance liberalism to flourish in Pak society ?? .
The Sub Continent is soon going to become the playground of the Jihadis . Already we see daily Terror atatck of Terror by the Islamic Terrorists trained and pumped in from across the Border .
Yesterday another Bus was Bombed in Pakistan killing 17 and injuring many more.Suck killings have become the rule rather than the exceptions in Pakistan .
We have no dearth of Mullahs ,IMs etc who want Sharia to be adopted in India .To some extent separate Muslim Law in India is itself the soft form of Sharia.But hardliner Muslims now demand full fledged Sharia here too.
'''Why Pakistan is afraid of its universities.
Vice chancellors in Pakistan often get beaten up by IJT thugs till they learn to coexist with it. There are no liberal faculty members who can survive and teach on campuses.
Lahore was considered immune to the kind of terrorism being experienced by Karachi, Peshawar and Quetta, headquarters of the three other provinces. But last month, it was in Lahore that al-Qaeda was found operating its communications headquarters, from a large property that no one cared to check. Lahore is more like Islamabad, where al-Qaeda affiliated terrorists could be hiding in the outskirts, which have nearly 1,00,000 illegal squatters (most of them Pakhtun-Afghan), unplanned mosques, and the Arab-funded International Islamic University, where the founder of al-Qaeda, Abdullah Azzam, used to teach, and where al-Qaeda killers take sharia courses today.
The next Indo-Pakistan war, if there is one, may be triggered by him. He now dwarfs the power of the Jamaat with his Jamaat-ud-Dawa, because he has wealth the Jamaat can't even dream of. If Pakistan is scared of its universities, Jamaat-ud-Dawa will simply annex the country using youthful manpower from its thousands of schools and colleges plus a university.
In Pakistan, al-Qaeda is vaguely perceived as the presiding genius of terrorism, but the fact is that Taliban of all variety — Punjabi and non-Punjabi — are controlled by Ayman al-Zawahiri and his Arab money. Add the muscle and purse of the Jamaat-ud-Dawa — Hafiz Saeed was so spiritually linked to the founder of al-Qaeda, Palestinian religious leader, Abdullah Azzam, that he located his Dawat wal Irshad outfit next to Azzam's office in Peshawar — and you have a power that Pakistan cannot reckon with despite its nuclear-equipped army.
The Taliban are not talking peace with anyone, as they prepare for the war in Afghanistan after the foreign forces leave by the end of 2014. And this war against the 3,50,000-strong Afghan National Army will be fought by Punjab, which is why al-Qaeda has arrived in Lahore. Only the non-state actors of Punjab have a comparable number of trained warriors to fight the coming Muslim Armageddon. And al-Qaeda wants to be where its army is being raised.''
Separation of religion and state is a must. If that doesn't happen there will be catastrophe; there may be periodic lull, but the Mullahs armed with power will suffocate the entire society. The backwardness of Islamic world is due to its over-indulgence of religion; that much be stopped, otherwise the rest of the world will march forward while the Islamic world will move back to palelolithic era.
Secondly, the terrorists whoever they are must be crushed with an iron hand.
Time to abandon Sharia is now. All that Islam requires is that laws should be formulated on the basis of equality, justice, rationality and compassion. But before these things can be deliberated, the immediate priority has to be to eradicate armed and violent militants. That has to be the military's job.
addition to post 1: Indian society was supposed to be very secluded, in the beginning, and people lived away from each other, in relative isolation. It seems, societies are more or less peaceful and relevant to each other, if we see Canada, as a national society, and if we consider that their nation is similar to my description, if there is any relevance. We haven't helped by looking at manpower as the component of G. D. P.. The U. S. sees everything is right with India, because according to her measure, there is no nation more right apart from the U. S., than India, as India exceeds all parameters of what a developed state should be. What the U. S. doesn't regard, is that the Indian economy has grown 230% more than in 1992, in a compound pattern. Cities are more or less safe, when they aren't 'magnets', to other people, and when the population of the countryside not urban, is not supposed to be overpopulating the non-urban areas. The non-urban areas are being overpopulated, and we are saying that the urban landscape will hold 70% of our population in the future. This makes absolute non-sense.
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