Sunday, December 23, 2012

Taliban Will Cross Indus

A huge majority in Pakistan and almost the whole of the Punjab province have their heads in sands while on the western side of the Indus river Pakistan military is losing land, writ and citizens to the brutal Taliban. If someone has doubts, ask the locals in FATA who are their masters.

Taliban's Evaporating Ideology:
The civilians-specific war theatre will not stop at the other side of the river. The Taliban ideology is evaporating in Pakistan, transcending the mountains and rivers. Their foot soldiers are in the safe havens of the mountains of Waziristan and sleeping cells in Peshawar, Karachi and elsewhere. But their masterminds and apologists have already fortified themselves on the eastern bank of the Indus river. They can be heard and seen every minute with their loud slogans and long arguments in the idiot boxes people have in their homes and lounges.

Dont be an Ostrich:
They will come after everyone as they want their writ in the whole country. If ignoring their knocking at the door is not an option then don't be such an ostrich--the sands are running out in the plains of Punjab, Pakistan's most populated province contributing over 90 percent military to the armed forces of Pakistan. Taliban didn't forgive Pashtuns, the most religious ethnic group on Pakistan's social fabric, and they would kick others too out of their cosy comforts they made for themselves.

Afghanistan Example:
It happened in Afghanistan and it would repeat itself in Pakistan too. The Hindukush mountains separate north from the south Afghanistan. The leaders of the  uzbek-dominated north were telling its people in early 1995 that Taliban couldn't cross the Hindukush--the tallest mountains in that part of the world. Taliban proved the Uzbek leaders wrong twice--in 1997 a failed attempt was converted into a successful attempt after one year. Hindukush mountains failed to deliver as a bulwark against the invading Taliban. All sorts of atrocities were reported as the rival forces didn't share the language, culture and future.

Threat to Civility:
The same can happen in Punjab and elsewhere in Pakistan. The military's inaction at a remote battlefield in north or south Waziristan has the risk of an uncertain future for the rest of Pakistan. True, Punjab and parts of Sindh are safe from terror attacks right now. But has anyone thought over the increasing Talibanization in Punjab and Sindh? More pro-Taliban voices are coming from the center and not from the northwestern peripheries today. Chief Minister Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif has called Taliban his brothers. Imran Khan's PTI is opposing drone strikes against the militants in FATA despite the fact that one such attack killed Pakistan's top enemy Baitullah Mehsud, the then chief of TTP. The military has so far a soft corner for Taliban. All retired generals, except Gen Talat Masood, justify military's vague policy towards terrorism. Most of the TV anchors and column writers from the Punjab province give 101 reasons for maintaining the status quo. On top of that, a strong network of all sorts of Madrassas, Jama'at-u-Dawa, LeT, LeJ, SSP, HeT, Ghazi Brigade, Lal Masjid, Jaish-e-Muhammad, IJT, JI and many more have their roots in the fertile soil of Punjab. To put it in the military terms, they are the advance surveillance parties of the Taliban. The actual horror can be the next episode.

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