If it were a case of one war where the entire nation – political and non-political actors included – were fighting against the Taliban, it wouldn't be such a confusing time to be a Pakistani.You're either with the Taliban or you're not. And there would only be one war to fight, against terrorism.But since Pakistan's agreement to fight against terrorism alongside the US's original war on terror, the country's people find themselves questioning who to support and why.This identity crisis is not that simple. It started with the drones, heightened during Malala and is now manifesting itself during one of Pakistan's bleakest times.Torn apart: Students gather at the site of a suspected US drone strike on an Islamic seminary in Hangu district, bordering North Waziristan last year. Pakistan's identity crisis started with the drones, and is now manifesting itself in the battle for power between the PTI and PML N
+2Torn apart: Students gather at the site of a suspected US drone strike on an Islamic seminary in Hangu district, bordering North Waziristan last year. Pakistan's identity crisis started with the drones, and is now manifesting itself in the battle for power between the PTI and PML N
During the drone strikes, some supported them, under the slogan 'Get one [terrorist], Get them all.'For the anti-drone campaigners, the attention wasn't on why they were being conducted; civil society and some political parties moaned about sovereignty and how drone strikes were the reason why extremism and terrorism was being harboured in Pakistan.' So drones came and went, state and society remained divided over them, despite details emerging that the Pakistani state had been complicit. Then came the news that a young girl along with her friends had been shot for going to school.There are thousands of children who have died just for existing in the wrong place at the wrong time, let alone experiencing the drudgery, or in this case the danger of going to school.
Consequently, there were some who questioned why she was being given prominence. Of course Malala being a BBC blogger helped, but that was beyond the point.
Meanwhile there were some who wailed: one instance or a 100,000 instances of violence against children should be treated as equally wrong.Malala was just one of thousands, and that's where the debate should end. But the division over a schoolgirl being shot had exposed the fissures in an already divided society. And now we have a situation where Pakistan is fighting a war on its own soil on more than one level.Currently, there is the ongoing battle for power, between Pakistan Tehreek-i- Insaf and the PML N.ThPrior to this was the tussle between the media and military. While power and struggle-based fights are political and can be described as falling within the parameters of democracy, one battle which has torn the society apart is most worrying.It's not a matter of who will win or if the country be cleansed of militants. Read More @
It would be if we would stop bombing it and killing their people, along with all other innocent Muslims. Our foreign policy is only increasing tensions between the two countries. We don't have to be enemies. It is all because of Al-Qaeda. I just wish the world would be at peace from terrorism!!
There are so many extremist and terrorist groups in Pakistan who are able to influence their government and their intelligence agency called ISI can be termed as if affiliated to terrorist groups. So till then neither USA nor any other country should trust them. Well continue putting pressure on them to drive out terrorist activities cropping on their land.
No, Pakistan is not a reliable ally, because they allowed Osama Bin Laden to live in relative peace in their country for years. Pakistan also has a nuclear program. The United States should ally itself more closely with India, whose economy is progressing at a much faster rate anyways. Pakistan has competing interests and cannot be trusted.
Pakistan is not a reliable ally because they harbored Osama bin Laden. They do not want a stable democracy in Afghanistan because they are afraid of being marginalized by two pro-American governments in the region, possibly Afghanistan and India. Pakistan likes to make trouble, and they are looking for excuses to start another war with India.