Terrorism in Pak, Difficult to control

About 3,000 terrorists in Swat Valley would be killed: Zardari 


There is frantic concern in Washington and elsewhere that Pakistan has reached its tipping point and might succumb to the Taliban forces entrenched barely 80 km (50 miles) from the capital, Islamabad.
But the concern is misleading. A country of some 160 million Muslims is not about to be overrun by the Taliban. On the contrary, Pakistan is more or less a Taliban state shaped by its origin and history.
This is the unpalatable reality that cannot be publicly discussed in Washington, London or Ottawa due to diplomatic niceties. It is also complicated by the patron-client relationship the Pakistani elite pursued with the U.S. over the past six decades as a means to counter India’s dominant position in the region.
Pakistan was forcefully established by an elite on the basis of an exclusivist and bigoted idea that since India’s Muslims constitute a “nation” they deserve a state of their own.
The perversion of Islam into a nationalist ideology hugely aggravated communal politics in undivided India that would not end with the partitioning of the subcontinent in 1947. Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan, ruthlessly planned this division when he called for direct action — communal blood-letting — by his supporters which led to the massive Hindu-Muslim riots known as the Great Calcutta killings of August 1946.
This act of terror made certain that trust between Hindus and Muslims was irreparably broken, and Britain was compelled to depart by partitioning India.
To recall this history is to have an inkling of the sort of a country that emerged as a result of terrorism followed by ethnic cleansing of the non-Muslim population — most Hindus and Sikhs left or were forcefully driven out from present-day Pakistan.
Subsequently, the Pakistani elite declared the Ahmadiyyas — a small peace-loving sect of minority Muslims — to be non-Muslims, and persecuted them as the harbinger of further bigotry to be unleashed in the slide of Jinnah’s Pakistan into a Taliban state.
The economic exploitation of former East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) by the ruling elite began with Mr. Jinnah imposing Urdu as the national language on Bengali Muslims with their own rich linguistic and cultural tradition. Eventually the two halves of Pakistan would tear apart in 1971 following civil war and systematic massacre of Bengalis by the Pakistani military.
Since 1971 the unremorseful and bloody-minded ruling elite of Pakistan — civil and military — pushed Pakistan deeper into a dependency alliance with Saudi Arabia.
It meant importing the Saudi version of Islam — Wahhabism — and its spread deep across the country through the rapid expansion of religious schools and mosques funded by money from the Gulf countries. The products of these schools and mosques are the Taliban “jihadis,” or holy-warriors, who set forth for Afghanistan in the war against the former Soviet Union.
Steel fist
The Pakistani elite is corrupt, opportunistic and ruthless. Behind the conniving smile of the civilian politician is the steel fist of the military with nuclear weapons.
The fear of Taliban acquiring Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal is manufactured by the elite to garner diplomatic and financial support from the West.
This is extortion brazenly practised by the elite responsible for making Pakistan into a rogue state with its people crushed by poverty. It is this reality that makes for terror and war in the region, and threatens peace beyond.

Observing that about 3,000 terrorists were in Swat valley, Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari said his government is determined to kill them all to bring life to normalcy in the picturesque valley in the vicinity of Islamabad.

“I think the last count we have managed to dislodge most of the folks from the mountains and the miscreants have lost about 145 people. So that’s 145 of the ‘nasties’ dead, and we are still in operation,” Zardari said in an interview with the PBS newschannel.

He said that Pakistan Army has been carrying out operation against the terrorists and they had some successes earlier and “this success is going to be even more effective.”

When asked to clarify on the statement made by his Prime Minister that the objective was to “eliminate the militants and terrorists,” Zardari said: “That means clearing out the area of the miscreants and bringing life to normalcy. … If they can, they kill our soldiers and we do the same.”

When interviewer, Margaret Warner asked him to clarify what “eliminate” means, Zardari said “eliminate means exactly what it means.”

When she asked: “Killing them all”. Zardari replied: “That’s what it means.”

It could be the toughest message coming from Pakistan President against the terrorists so far.

Zardari said the Swat peace agreement with militants no longer exists.

“The deal was based upon that the fact that they would bring peace and lay down the arms. They refuse to lay down arms and they did not bring peace to the region. So yes, you can say that the deal is off,” he said.

Acknowledging that there has been a presence of the Taliban in the Swat Valley, Zardari however asserted that they were never running the show.

“There was a presence of the Taliban. We were there and we had – you know this is the third operation in Swat. We have encountered them before and we had an agreement which failed – it did not work. So now they have to be eliminated.”

Zardari also said that the deal could not be revived in case the Taliban abide by the contours of the agreement and stop taking military action.

Pakistan President said after the army operation was over non-governmental and humanitarian organizations would be asked to move in the area to provide aid.

“We can’t have the aid donors going in there and getting casualties on them also. So it is a little precarious, a little difficult situation. But the moment it settles down, they will be allowed to go there. At the moment, the situation is the people have come out of the area. So we are looking after them in camps. Most of them have gone to their own extended families. That’s the way it is playing out,” he said.

frantic concern in

Army’s ability to defeat Taliban questioned

* Globe and Mail says Pakistan military has been trained and equipped to fight India

Staff Report : The Daily Times  @  www.dailytimes.com.pk

TORONTO: Though Pakistan has launched a ‘full-scale’ operation to wrest back the control of Swat from the Taliban, questions remain about whether the army is up to the task of defeating the insurgency, The Globe and Mail reported on Saturday.

While Pakistan has an army of well over half a million men, they have been trained and equipped to fight India, across the plains of the Punjab, not their own people in the mountains of the northwest, the paper said.

Many of the operations in Pakistan have been haltingly pursued and ended with peace deals that left the extremists in charge.

More significant challenges for Pakistan remain even if the army is successful in defeating Taliban in Swat, the paper said, adding that the challenges include how to deal with areas such as South Waziristan where well-entrenched Taliban have safe haven.

While Swat and Buner are the farthest that the insurgents have moved into Pakistan, their base remains the tribal territory, especially South Waziristan where there is no military operation.

If the army will move against the extremists in the Tribal Areas that harbour Afghan insurgents and those who cross the border to fight, the country would face a colossal enemy, the paper said.

The battle for Swat is not a contest over a single valley, it is a war between a democratic government, closely allied to Washington, and a rebel movement intent on imposing its brand of fundamentalism on as much of the country as possible, the paper said.

Taliban vows to ‘eliminate’ Pakistan’s top leadership

zar21 M_Id_76618_yousuf_raza_gilani ki

Angered by Pakistan government’s decision to launch an all out war against them, the Taliban has vowed to ‘eliminate’ country’s top leadership including President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and their close family members.

“We thought that being a member of a religious family, Gilani will support our demand of implementing Sharia in the Malakand division but instead he has announced an all-out war against us, which has angered our commanders as well as fighters,” an unnamed Taliban commander told The News daily.

The militant commander, who spoke to the newspaper by phone, said after Gilani declared during an address to the nation on Thursday that the Taliban would be wiped out from the Swat Valley and adjoining areas, the militants had started planning to “eliminate the top leaders of the ruling alliance, including President, Prime Minister and their close family members and aides”.

The commander said Gilani’s hometown of Multan and tomb of former premier Benazir Bhutto might also be targeted by the militants.
“Besides, the personnel and installations of security forces, we have now also included civilian rulers in our hit list. We will definitely need some time to plan our actions but it is not impossible for us and we have all the means to implement our plan of attack anywhere in Pakistan,” he claimed.



One Response to “Terrorism in Pak, Difficult to control”

  1. Terrorism in Pak, Difficult to control « #Alertpak# | VandeNikhiliam Says:

    […] post: Terrorism in Pak, Difficult to control « #Alertpak# This entry is filed under Hindu, Worlds Hindu Turst Org. You can follow any responses to this […]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: