The Pakistani leadership, civil or military, is not naive as we have assumed. It is cleverer than us. It knows the fire can’t be fought with fuel, yet it tries it, for it protects everybody’s interests. ‘Everybody’ means the rulers.
The military establishment's fondness for Islamist fundamentalists, jihadists and rightwing groups remains as strong as ever -- the May 15 Convocation of Deeni Madaris and the May 18 edict against suicide attacks provide the latest evidence.
The jihadis have long considered America, India, Israel and Ahmadis as the worst evils. Musharraf's education reforms welcomed by the intelligentsia, have given them a new entity to demonize: the Ismaelis
So would the good General be successful in his jihad on the jihadis and the MMA? Or would he in the end be discredited by being seen as the US stooge who ends up strengthening the jihadis and the rightwing?