Quo Vadis Pakistan?
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Zardari defends cease-fire in volatile Pakistan region
An Appendage Of The Al Qaeda, The Taliban Now Has Its Own Agenda For Pakistan’ (An Interview)
Ahmed Rashid, author of a book on the Taliban, tells HARINDER BAWEJA that even India needs to worry enormously (Excerpt )
Q . How do you read the ceasefire pact with the Taliban?
Ans.It can be serious. We have had a spate of ceasefires, which have been very controversial. They have been opposed by a large section of the population because the ceasefires are only seen as a consolidation of the Taliban and their spread to other areas. On the other hand, other people are saying that it will bring peace and improve the justice system in the Swat valley. These may be short-term gains, but the longterm implications of this ceasefire are very very dangerous for the country. I think the fact that the state has been willing to change the legal system in Swat is a very bad precedent for the future. And something like that has not happened even in Afghanistan where the Taliban have controlled many provinces. But the state has never compromised with the Constitution and the legal system. So talking to the Taliban is one thing. It is necessary. But to talk to them and accede very hastily to accepting some of their demands regarding Sharia is a very serious risk .
Q.Does it bother you that Pakistan and Afghanistan are now being mentioned together?
Ans.Well, I think it certainly bothers a lot of people, especially in the establishment. But I think it’s fair enough because neither country can deal with this issue alone. The fact is that there are Pakistani Taliban fighting in Afghanistan and there are Afghan Taliban fighting in Pakistan. I think it would very immature for us to be in a state of denial about that. The Afghans are not in denial about that but elements in Pakistan certainly are.
Q. They are literally 150km from Islamabad. Right?
Ans. Yes. And they are spreading south. And the danger is that they will use Swat as a base to spread south of the valley and then closer towards the capital.
To read the rest of the interview go here
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Foreign hand involved in Lahore attack, says Zardari
While Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has promised that Pakistan would deal with acts of terror with an iron hand, the country’s PM told a visiting FBI team that evidence of an external link in Tuesday’s attacks had been found.
Critics in the West and Pakistan fear that by agreeing to introduce sharia in Swat, where militants have burned down schools for girls and conducted public executions, the government has risked encouraging the Islamist militants by adopting policies of appeasement.
We won’t negotiate with Taliban: Pakistan’s Zardari
SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari said that his government will not negotiate with Taliban militants, adding that the attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team showed the evil the country faced.
Muttiah hits out
Sri Lanka spinner Muttiah Muralitharan on Thursday hit-out at the security arrangements in Pakistan in the wake of the deadly terror attack on his team bus in Lahore and suspected militants had inside information about their movement.
The off-spinner said he thought Tharanga Paranavitana, who along with Thilan Samaraweera was one of the more seriously wounded players, would die from his injuries.
Paranavitana had a bullet lodged in his chest while Samaraweera had a shrapnel in his right leg. “There were gun shots going on and the bullets were passing us. I saw Paranavitana was bleeding in the chest. I thought he was gone, actually. Thilan Samaraweera was bleeding, Kumar Sangakkara was bleeding from the shoulder. There was blood everywhere. It was frightening,” he said.
Both Paranavitana and Samaraweera were operated upon after they reached Colombo on Thursday and were known to be recovering.
Meanwhile the Fourth umpire Ahsan Raza is still in a critical condition and is fighting for his life.
And a different viewpoint below
The intelligence report released by The News raises some disturbing questions about the role of Pakistan’s pro-U.S. government in letting the Indian attack on the Sri Lankan team in Lahore happen despite the advance warning by Pakistani intelligence officials.
and finally some sane voices..
Pakistan: Somalia comparisons should worry India too
If it was Sri Lankan cricketers in Lahore on Tuesday, it could just as easily have been a foreign team in Amritsar, just over the border in India. Amritsar is very near Lahore, writes former Indian ambassador M.K Bhadrakumar , and it doesn’t really matter any more on which side of the border the attack took place. The grim reality is both are faced with the same threat and it won’t help India to pretend otherwise or sit tight while Pakistan unravels, he says.
India and Pakistan will survive or sink together, and it doesn’t really matter whether it is Pakistan or India that resembles Somalia.
Now the links given below will illustrate properly I hope ,as to why Pak Tea House and Lahore Nama are balanced voices and need to be on your blogroll.
If you want a sane ,balanced view (we have a shortage of it in India as well,never fear) of Pakistan this is it.
Pakistan: from bleak to bleaker?
Pakistan escaped one of the biggest embarrassments when gunmen failed to kill the whole Sri Lankan cricket squad in a daring broad daylight operation.Eight of the brave policemen laid their lives in saving the guests. If it were not for their actions, we may have stared at a screaming headline like “Sri-Lankan cricket team slaughtered”, or “Terrorists wipe out the visiting cricket team; darkest day in sports history”.
Tragedy in Lahore
Whoever it is is killing off Pakistan slowly but surely. For all of our bold claims that “cricketers and sportsmen have nothing to fear”, from today onwards no cricket team or any other sports team will ever visit this country.
We don’t know who did it. We don’t know and don’t care which “foreign” hand was behind it. What we know is that no one can manipulate a people who are not ready to be manipulated. We must take stock of this situation, before we lose our homeland for ever.
Sadly, law, rights and constitutionalism are personalised through the idolisation of the deposed chief justice, as if Pakistan were still a mediaeval kingdom, where the bad King (Musharraf) had to be overthrown, and the good Qazi (Justice Iftikhar) had to be “restored” and vested with all moral, political, executive, military and judicial powers.
And this last one which brings home the fact that they too are just like us…what have they ,the ordinary Pakistanis done to deserve this?
Lahore was sad today
What a sad day it was – a city that usually glows with spring colours and crisp air was a death-zone. Everyone was afraid and depressed after the morning killings. The wound is far deeper than it appears. It has to do with how our country is moving towards anarchy and mayhem. And, we all continue to be bystanders at best screaming spectators. There were brave policemen today which was a silver lining. These men of courage offered their lives to protect the guests from Sri Lanka. Cricket fans were devastated for what will happen to the favourite sport? Who will come to Pakistan.
But more importantly, this is not what Lahoris and Pakistanis deserve. The great games outside and inside have made us hostage to grand,vested interests. About time, we spoke about it and registered that we count.
Apologies to the people of Sri Lanka. We tried to protect your team but failed. Hope you will understand that we are now unable to protect ourselves.