PPP finds itself being squeezed rather tightly lately. Sadly, the squeeze really comes as no surprise. When Pakistan Rangers first raided 90 earlier this year, the writing was already on the wall. Today, PPP leadership is crying foul over being targeted, but in some ways their troubles are a result of their own doing. When it became obvious that Army was going returning to operations against political parties, the PPP took the strategy of trying to cozy up in hopes of weathering the storm. Did they really think that it would work?
Enough has been written about the mistakes by both sides that led to the inevitable cancelling of NSA level talks between Pakistan and India. For the time being it is unnecessary to say more on this topic. However there is another point which has not been discussed which requires attention if we are to be successful which is that certain voices especially in media seem to be projecting a very bad message that they seem to think is a helpful negotiating tactic: Nuclear blackmail.
Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar was on the subject of several jokes on social media yesterday after giving the statement that ‘no terrorist network is capable of operating in Pakistan’. It was an unfortunately stupid thing to say, especially so soon after the death of Punjab Home Minister Shuja Khanzada in a terrorist attack only a few days earlier. However, Chaudhry Nisar is not completely to blame for this verbal errancy. The same confusion has been projected from GHQ since the past year.
Ayyan Ali’s appearance at University of Karachi drew a lot of laughs on social media, though the poor students who invited her are hardly laughing after being served notices by the University administration. There is nothing wrong with having a laugh at celebrities, though, and the appearance of a celebrity is not really indicative of the quality of studies at an institution, especially when she was invited on the behest of students who are young and probably don’t know any better. So why am I bringing this up? Because I am curious why such a hue and cry is made over Ayyan Ali while other celebrity appearances which are much more insidious are let to pass without comment.
Mian Saifur Rehman has written a piece of exceptional analysis, laying the facts plainly before anyone who will read them. He has done such an excellent job that there is not much more than can be added.
It’s about time we realised the reality that the dangers to the country are from within more than dangers from one or two foreign countries and their agencies. The solid fact must not be overlooked that no inimical agency of the world can operate so freely, frequently and at the spot of choice and against the personality of choice without facilitation from inside Pakistan. Then, unfortunately, a large number of our people, especially those hailing from some areas within the tribal and semi-tribal belt and in some parts of southern Punjab and southern Pakistan (meaning Karachi and Balochistan) possess the inherent tendency of dealing with others through gun. They subdue the people around them or those in business with them with the show- and use- of weaponry and flee to safe havens that have, however, squeezed in tribal belts following the Operation Zarb-e-Azb. Now these people have started taking refuge in ‘other parts’ of the country with the tacit- or sometimes open- support of people who mistake terrorists for Jihadists fighting a holy war which, in fact, is not at all a holy war but simply a madness-driven bloodbath unleashed by Muslims against Muslims. This is the most painful aspect of the whole terrorism saga that Muslims are eliminating Muslims just for no reason or rhyme. No religion allows the killing of any human being in this manner. A faithful has no moral, religious, social or legal right to kill any other human being, let alone faithful from any faith. If all owes to some conspiracy, regional, local or global, the conspirators are superb people (or outfits, if not institutions like RAW etc) that they have been successful in putting a wedge in the unity of people who stand committed to one faith. But these conspirators are less to blame than our own brethren who become their tools. Even strategically and for all practical purposes, little can be done (something can be done through counter-espionage and other similar acts but that won’t be too much advisable or frequently practicable) about foreign conspirators.
It should be noted that this wisdom has been published while the nation is in the midst of celebrating the lives of two Generals Hamid Gul and Ziaul Haq who are more responsible than most for creating the sad and dangerous situation we find ourselves in. If Pakistan is to live, it is the ideology of these jihadi Generals that must be finally buried with them.