Finally Waziristan…

Bilal Qureshi

Finally, the operation in Wazristan is under way, thank God. Pakistan is doing a good job of clearing every place that was a safe heaven for the nuts in and around Pakistan. Now, policy makers in Pakistan should not focus on achieving short term military objective. This war is not going to be easy and a lot of people believe that this is a generational issue as for as defeating the Taliban threat.
Obviously the military is going to easily defeat those who are going to take up arms against the army in Wazirstan, or at the very least, it is hoped that the army is going to defeat them. However, after the military moves out, how will the civilian population going to react to the future Talibans interested in making Wazirstan their home again? This is a very important question and I hope that the army and the civilian leadership in Pakistan have given it serious consideration. Remember, majority of the population not only in Wazristan or in Swat, but all across Pakistan is interested in living peacefully. And when thugs like the Taliban come, people try to not get into fights and quarrels with a group that is heavily armed and willing to brutally murder anyone who questions their legitimacy.
Second, this battle cannot be militarily if the population in Pakistan does not understand the overall danger that religious militancy poses to the country. Therefore, it is important that the Pakistanis are clear about the actual reasons that the army is battling the Taliban and every other force (internal or external) that tries to destroy Pakistan as a country.
Regretfully, there are voices, and these voices are loud, that is propagating  that Pakistan is in turmoil because of some bizarre international conspiracy in the region. Pakistan has to aggressively counter this and other erroneous myths being pumped in Pakistan by those who are interested in turning back the clock and want to bring Taliban style government just like the Afghan model in Pakistan.
Given the recent attacks by the Taliban in Pakistan, it won’t be an exaggeration to suggest that the Taliban have become either desperate or terribly committed to bringing down Pakistan’s current set up. In fact, Taliban are convinced (based on their own claims) that they can take over the country if they keep up the pressure by non-stop attacks on Pakistan’s soil. But, it seems that the Pakistani society is not ready to accept the Taliban or their code of life as the norm in the country.  As a result, the current battle will become extremely bloody and it has the potential to go on for a while, but, there is no doubt that in the end, Pakistan will overcome the thugs and nuts currently threatening Pakistan’s survival.
The current fight in Wazirstan should also remind Pakistanis about the dangers of not taking religious militias seriously, especially when these groups are in the process of formation. For example, if a group of people is saying, repeatedly, that they are interested in taking over the country, than it is the duty of everyone to pay attention. And if Pakistanis had been vigilant from the start, the country wouldn’t have to suffer as much as Pakistan is suffering today. But, it is never too late to do the right thing. Pakistan can, and Pakistan will win the current fight against the pathetic Taliban. But, never again should anything like this become an issue for Pakistan. The country must take steps, and by steps I mean everything that it takes to become safe and secure, period.

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5 responses to “Finally Waziristan…

  1. Rashid

    Unfortunately, the peaceful majority of Pakistanis LACK rational understanding of religion i.e. Islam. Unfortunately, inside their brains they think Islam teaches what is preached by extremist Muslims i.e. Talibans. (E.g. Ask Pakistanis and majority will say Holy Quran forbids friendship with Jews and Christians. Forgetting that HQ allows marriage with Jews and Christians, which is closest form of a friendship). As a result majority of Pakistanis feel weak and agree with Talibans. They cannot standup to extremist ideology. And it is proven fact of history that an ideology can only be defeated by another ideology. Communist ideology was defeated by “Islamic” ideology. Unfortunately, in reality it was irrational Islamic ideology.

    Unless there is a sea change in understanding of Islam in minds of Pakistanis, this fight won’t end. It will take many years, but beginning can be made by making a constitutional amendment that says every citizen of Pakistan who recites Kalma-Shahada, regardless of what interpretation of Holy Quran he/she does is a Muslim (and of course abrogate 2nd constitutional amendment). This way RESPECT for Kalma-Shahada will be created in Pakistani Muslims minds and hearts. They will develop respect and tolerance for fellow reciter of Kalma-Shahada. This will strengthen bonds of brotherhood and will bring peace to Pakistan, region and the world.

    Editor Note:

    Rashid: The second part of your comment is irrelevant to the write up. Do not treat this forum to score religious points.

  2. swapnavasavdutta

    “HQ allows marriage with Jews and Christians”

    Can you please clarify, in this case married
    to person, Christian or Jewish, has to
    convert to Islam?
    Does it allow you to leave the fold of Islam
    to say Christianity or Judaism after marrying a person of that respective faith?

    But, why should a religion or religious book
    concern itself with whom you marry (or eat,
    or work, or associate)?

  3. Rashid

    swapnavasavdutta

    I will try NOT to make my post religious. As this is NOT a religious forum.
    FYI:
    Marriage in Islam is civil contract, NOT a religious one.
    HQ allows Muslim men to marry woman from Jew, Christian and people of book. People of book includes Hindus, Buddhist, Zoroastrian etc.
    HQ NOWHERE explicitly prohibits Muslim woman to marry a man from people of book. Although, of course Muslim woman is encouraged to marry a Muslim man for protection of her rights that are incumbent on a Muslim husband by HQ.

    I think above info should be enough to answer your Qs. Anyways:

    Can you please clarify, in this case married
    to person, Christian or Jewish, has to
    convert to Islam?
    NO.

    Does it allow you to leave the fold of Islam
    to say Christianity or Judaism after marrying a person of that respective faith?
    YES. In Islam religion is personal choice.

    But, why should a religion or religious book
    concern itself with whom you marry (or eat,
    or work, or associate)?
    If you read Holy Prophet Muhammad PBUH, you will see until the time when Arabia accepted Islam in his life, non-Muslims i.e. enemy Makkans were determined to annihilate and finish Muslims. So Muslim men and women were prohibited to marry them. As it would have been strategically dangerous for Muslims.
    As Islam is heavily involved in a Muslim life, so to prevent any problems in its followers daily living HQ has guided them. Islam is NOT just a philosophy or set of rituals. It is a complete code of life. So, HQ dealt with every aspect of human life. Personal, economic, social, governmental, international, judicial, military, peace agreements, contarcts, inheritance,…..

  4. Mustafa Shaban

    I do not totally agree with Imran Khan and Shireen Mazari on this issue, but they made a good point that this is a war of hearts and minds and that you have to win the hearts and minds of tribal leaders, other militias loyal to pakistan and local people before militarily getting rid of the Taliban. Which I think the military and government have done to a certiain extent, which is good. Also try to use more presices firepower so that less civilians aere homeless and caught in the crossfire….hopefully we will have sophisticated weaponry that can be used to mostly target militias that are anti- Pakistan and thier leaders and less civilians get hurt in the proces.

  5. Junaid

    Finally, the operation in Wazristan is under way, thank God. Pakistan is doing a good job of clearing every place that was a safe heaven for the nuts in and around Pakistan.

    And this safe haven was there for the past 25 years. Wink Wink Cough Cough.