North Waziristan question
THIS is in response to Talat A. Wizarat’s letter ‘North Waziristan question’ (June 30) in which she insists the war against militants is an American cause which has hurt Pakistan more than benefited them.
I would like to draw her attention to the expanding role of the Taliban on Pakistan’s territory. This is not restricted to just fighting of our military in response to us siding with the Americans, but also to the increasing social restrictions they have instructed in areas where they rule. The anti-polio campaign is an example of the hatred and archaic actions the Taliban propagate.
While it is easy for many to say this is not our war, what people fail to understand is that there is a parallel legal and government system that the Taliban advocate. The only way to
end this war is either to admit defeat or concede space and power to the militants. So when does it stop?
After conceding a small area, the militants move in to larger provinces and instead of warding them off, we will hear views de-motivating us and labelling any action against them as an ‘American’ battle?
Let us also not forget the kind of sectarian schisms created by these beloved militants of ours. The wrath of their actions is brought upon the Shia Hazara community, and our anti-war tribunal just relaxes in their drawing room, criticising the ‘war’ for all these ills.
I think people need to understand that this war is much bigger than just fighting a bunch of turbaned mullahs in North Waziristan. These groups have branches and sub-operations, which also include targeting communities considered to be ‘non-Muslim’. At times like these, one would expect some academic reactions and not the stale logic of an ‘American’ war.