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August 20, 2012

Home-grown solutions to Talibanisation needed

August 20, 2012

ISLAMABAD: We have already done a lot during the last 11 years to please US at the cost of Pakistan’s own interest and have paid such a heavy price that today, we are seen as one of the most dangerous places on earth. It is high time to seriously look for a home grown solution and hear what the likes of Imran Khan say.
Washington-centric policies to check extremism, the so-called war on terror, the military operations and the foreign dictated solution, all have, so far, multiplied our woes and furthered extremism. We are not ready to address the root-cause instead still adamantly trying to treat the symptoms.
The root-cause is the pro-US post-9/11 policies, the so-called war on terror, Pakistan’s support to the US-Nato forces’ invasion of Afghanistan which resulted in the killing of hundreds of thousands Muslims there, the US drone attacks and Islamabad’s submission to never-ending demands of the Americans.
PTI’s Imran Khan, Jamaat-e-Islami’s Munawar Hasan and certain voices even in the PML-N are cursed when they say that the US war on terror is not our war. They are dubbed as Taliban sympathizer when they insist for a negotiated solution and ask for peace talks with local Taliban. They are seen as non-practical men when urge not to toe the American line and look for a home-grown solution.
Americans want Pakistan to launch a military operation in North Waziristan against pro-Pakistan Haqqani Network as it suits Washington. There are many voices here endorsing what Washington aspires, but Imran Khan is spot on to warn that such a military operation would mean massive destruction for Pakistan.
In the post-Kamra terrorist attack, Army Chief General Ashfaq Pervaiz Kayani has though said that Pakistan would not launch any joint operation with the US forces in North Waziristan, the recent repeated statements of the US high officials suggest that some sort of understanding have been developed during the of late US visit of the DG ISI on the

North Waziristan issue.
What has really been agreed is not known, but Pakistani authorities should be mindful of the greater designs of the US. Already, Pakistan is at the receiving end because of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), which is a post 9/11 phenomenon and the consequence of the Islamabad’s policies adopted on the whims and wishes of Washington. As yet, we have been making more enemies for US, but still Washington remains sceptical of what Islamabad did for her and continues to demand “do more”. Now, the US wants us to take on Haqqani network, which would mean turning Haqqanis against Pakistan and thus forcing them to join TTP’s campaign against Pakistan.
We must recognize the fact that Washington dictated flawed policies of the government of Pakistan and the military establishment had contributed to the situation where Pakistan stands now. No one whether Imran Khan, Syed Munawar Hasan and even the leadership of Difa-e-Council Pakistan condones the terrorism of TTP; they only demand that Pakistan should stop toeing the American line to avoid chaos and anarchy.
Ironically all the focus is on the US-dictated solution while there is no heed to the point as to why the TTP’s suicide bombing and terrorism had stopped after the Salala attack and till the resumption of the Nato Supply Line. The cause to the entire problem is Pakistan’s enslavement to Washington’s commands.
Everyone here knew that the re-opening of Nato Supply Line would resurrect the horror of terrorist and suicide attacks in Pakistan. Still, the supply line was re-opened merely because it was crucial for American’s interest in Afghanistan and the region. While serving the American interest, we chose to forget how each and every peace deal of Pakistani authorities with local Taliban was sabotaged by the Americans; how extremism and talibanisation is fuelled through US drone attacks; who protects and feeds the anti-Pakistan Taliban in Kunar, Afghanistan; who and for what purpose has established a net-work of Raymond Davis like agents within Pakistan; who is behind Balochistan’s unrest; why is Pakistan pressed to target “good Taliban”.
While we are made to believe that all Taliban and al-Qaeda are the enemies of Pakistan, but the bin Laden documents, released by the US military recently, suggest otherwise. These documents showed that the TTP had come incredibly close to provoking a direct and public confrontation with al-Qaeda’s leadership. The TTP’s indiscriminate attacks against Muslims caused two al-Qaeda leaders Atiyyatullah and Abu Yahya al-Libi to write to TTP leader Hakimullah Mahsud to express their displeasure with the group’s “ideology, methods and behaviour”. They also threatened to take public measures unless they saw from TTP serious and immediate practical and clear steps towards reforming its ways and dissociating itself from these vile mistakes that violate Islamic Law, the media report said.
These documents show either Osama or one of his close aides as saying, “But from what I know about the black reputation of Pakistani Taliban, I am confident of what was stated, particularly as these information verify each other.” It noted that the TTP was targeting religious and tribal leaders, mosques and public places across Pakistan, killing men, women and children. The document also referred to a propaganda video released by Uzbek militants who had pledged to bomb mosques across Pakistan as revenge for the military’s attack on the Red Mosque, and to bombard other mosques. The author discusses such attacks with a young militant, saying: “This is not acceptable … even if the mosque is in a military or government compound.”
During the recent years, Mulla Umar has twice warned TTP not to carry out attacks inside Pakistan against civilian and even security personnel and interests. Pakistani political and military leadership have to get out of the Washington’s influence to address the menace or extremism and terrorism.­

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