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What Pakistan thinks about the taliban

By Momo Khan

I belong to an era in Pakistan where we fight against terrorism every single day. The stories to world of getting killed, blown up or abducted are realities to us.  The thing which world fears has its home in Pakistan— the Taliban.

So, what is it Taliban… to me, Taliban is a fear, a fear which is haunting our abilities to erase them, to take back the charge from them and to stop them from further invasion into our religious and social freedom.

To no surprise Taliban encapsulate nefarious agendas and that too in the name of religion. Islam means peace which has its teaching poles apart from the practices of Taliban. Religion must be understood from its scripture not the followers. People here in Pakistan, are miffed with the conceptualization of Islam by Taliban, for them it’s a wrong message being conveyed. We dislike Taliban for many reasons and first and foremost are the portraying of Islam according to their wills. How can a religion allow killing a young activist (Malala Yousafzai) for her educational advocacy? Getting blown up with several innocents never takes anyone to heaven but certainly makes lives behind much miserable.

Taliban sneaked into Pakistan when the war on terror heated up in Afghanistan; there were no Taliban before 2002 in Pakistan. Pakistan coalition with United States against the terrorism made it victim of merciless killing, abduction, bomb blasts and ban on girl’s education.  To majority in Pakistan, Taliban dwells on anarchy and is an out-lawed group of people.

People think that Pakistan has been divided into parts, one that is free from the worries (Rich or poor), living by religious beliefs and the other living in fear of Taliban. We believe that Taliban mindset is dictated by their cultural norms, too conservative to see their societies grooming and allowing their women to do household activities only. Taliban are promoting their culture, a culture which is a plague, away from the realities of this world.

So what does Taliban fears… education? The reason why Taliban fears education is the awareness being brought forth by education, a light into the darkness which gives strength to the roots and the branches of the minds began to grow widely. Education widens the vision and teaches us the difference between right and wrong. We as a society have the rights to stand up against the lawlessness but do not have the abilities. We fear Taliban, we fear to get tracked by them, for us our own lives are important than the rights of this society.

Many believes in Pakistan that Taliban force is not to be fought in their way, we have enough bloodshed of around 40,000 Pakistani in this holy war. There is no need to go below the belt and get further innocents blown up. There should be a dialogue— yes a cease fire with Taliban, what do they want out of this piece of land and what book of rules they follow.

It’s not alone the Taliban who are attacking normalcy in Pakistan all by itself but their sudden burst out is surely the reaction of military operations being carried on in Tribal areas. Dictator government took this measure on its own showcasing the flash of power and began to kill down terrorists along with many innocents. This move ignited Taliban who later invaded into crowded areas in Pakistan and blew themselves up.

Today, here in Pakistan we fear Taliban, if we keenly understand their mindset it becomes easier to resolve this matter. Not more than 3-5% of Taliban are upholding nefarious agendas, the rest are either followers of this rule or away from the understandings of their regime.  For us, the Pakistani, tribal area residents are our own blood, we cannot see them getting hurt by drones unleashed. As far the inhumane Taliban goes, we are afraid to look into their eyes and hear the sound of their breath. We have made Taliban a monster which in reality is not. This fear has helped out-lawed organization to widen and spread its tentacle across the country. While going into shopping areas or eating places we fear Taliban presence. Every bearded man attracts several eye balls. We go out praying for a safe return and come back thinking how are we safe despite so many incidents being shown on international TV about Pakistan.

The reality of these thoughts is nothing…there is no Taliban rooming on streets but it’s the fear haunting us since many years. It was our choice to push them down hard with the use of power and erase them without listening to their demands. Of course Taliban has wounded our hearts and minds but somewhere the fault also lies in us for ignoring their areas for 50 years, no educational measures and health facilities ever provided to them. They grew and learnt on their own. Today, we have given enough space to the fear of Taliban then to the courage to face them and change them.


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67 Responses to "What Pakistan thinks about the taliban"

  1. Rex Minor Germany Google Chrome Windows says:

    Have you lately been to USA? They have more oil than the sauis and is now pouring out without any exploration and is flowing in their beautiful sweeet water rivers and lakes. They have the choice to export to their neighbours or move most of their population to canada!

    Rex Minor

  2. tajender United Arab Emirates Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    rex just ignore stupid mtg he is paid to write foolishness.

  3. Momo Pakistan Google Chrome Windows says:

    well, it’s hard to believe that drones are being unleashed without the Govt.’s will. It’s heart-wrenching that PPP has yet to look into dreadful realities which are killing our own people.

  4. Rex Minor Germany Google Chrome Windows says:

    Please do not give up hope. There are several waziri and afridi youth of less than 18 are now employed by Siemens on soft ware programming assignments in their homes, without having left Pakista.The unmanned Drone technology is not earth moving and the Iranians have been successful in bringing down the baby in their lap.I suspect the waziris have some hand in drones which were brought down by the Iranians! Sooner or later the Pashtun wizards who produce custom made weaponry would be in a position to build the kite themselves. Asymetric wars usualy do not have a time limit and could last for centuries.

    Remember, the previous generations of waziris have seen the motorised double decker kites over them flying also with slow speeds.

    Rex Minor

  5. Maggu India Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    So What? Ahmedis Have Been Thrown Out Of Islam and We Have Allah!!
    PESHAWAR: Gunmen shot five health workers on an anti-polio drive in a string of attacks in Pakistan on Tuesday, officials said, raising fears for the safety of workers immunising children against the crippling disease.
    It was not clear who was behind the shootings but Taliban insurgents have repeatedly denounced the anti-polio campaign as a Western plot.
    The immunisation campaign has been suspended in Karachi, Pakistan’s biggest city of 18 million people, health officials said.
    Three women were killed and a man was wounded in two separate attacks on health workers in Karachi on Tuesday, said senior police superintendent police Imran Shaukat. An anti-polio worker in Karachi was shot dead on Monday, the United Nations said.

    SO WHAT IF A FEW KIDS ARE CRIPPLED?? Pakistan is pure.

  6. Milestogo United States Safari iPhone says:

    Oil is allah’s gift to Muslims and curse to kuffar. Allah has tricked kuffar into using oil – now kuffar is trapped. Oil makes the Muslims powerful but at the same time it is having bad impacts on kuffar climate and environment. This a master stroke by Allah. Allah is the best strategist.

  7. Rex Minor Germany Google Chrome Windows says:


    While you have been away trying to indulge in kuffar, Indian women are being subjected to a non stop gang rapes on a daily basis and BJP has come forward to introduce 7th century sharia of death sentence. The Indian human rights activist claimed on AlJazeera that hindu faith stipulates torture and violence against the schedule castes and untouchable people. When are you going to clean up the front of your house?

    Rex Minor

  8. MilesToGo United States Safari Mac OS says:


    Thank you for reminding, I do that too – you just don’t see it here on PTH. kuffar need to clean up their mess too.

  9. AKB Pakistan Opera Windows says:


    December 17, 2012

    Some dead children are mourned; others are dehumanised.

    By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 17th December 2012

    “Mere words cannot match the depths of your sorrow, nor can they heal your wounded hearts … These tragedies must end. And to end them, we must change.”(1) Every parent can connect with what Barack Obama said about the murder of 20 children in Newtown, Connecticut. There can scarcely be a person on earth with access to the media who is untouched by the grief of the people of that town.

    It must follow that what applies to the children murdered there by a deranged young man also applies to the children murdered in Pakistan by a sombre American president. These children are just as important, just as real, just as deserving of the world’s concern. Yet there are no presidential speeches or presidential tears for them; no pictures on the front pages of the world’s newspapers; no interviews with grieving relatives; no minute analysis of what happened and why.

    If the victims of Mr Obama’s drone strikes are mentioned by the state at all, they are discussed in terms which suggest that they are less than human. The people who operate the drones, Rolling Stone magazine reports, describe their casualties as “bug splats”, “since viewing the body through a grainy-green video image gives the sense of an insect being crushed.”(2) Or they are reduced to vegetation: justifying the drone war, Obama’s counterterrorism adviser Bruce Riedel explained that “you’ve got to mow the lawn all the time. The minute you stop mowing, the grass is going to grow back.”(3)

    Like Bush’s government in Iraq, Barack Obama’s administration neither documents nor acknowledges the civilian casualties of the CIA’s drone strikes in north-west Pakistan. But a report by the law schools at Stanford and New York universities suggests that during the first three years of his time in office, the 259 strikes for which he is ultimately responsible killed between 297 and 569 civilians, of whom 64 were children(4). These are figures extracted from credible reports: there may be more which have not been fully documented.

    The wider effects on the children of the region have been devastating. Many have been withdrawn from school because of fears that large gatherings of any kind are being targeted. There have been several strikes on schools since George W Bush launched the drone programme that Obama has expanded so enthusiastically: one of Bush’s blunders killed 69 children(5).

    The study reports that children scream in terror when they hear the sound of a drone. A local psychologist says that their fear and the horrors they witness is causing permanent mental scarring. Children wounded in drone attacks told the researchers that they are too traumatised to go back to school and have abandoned hopes of the careers they might have had: their dreams as well as their bodies have been broken(6).

    Obama does not kill children deliberately. But their deaths are an inevitable outcome of the way his drones are deployed. We don’t know what emotional effect these deaths might have on him, as neither he nor his officials will discuss the matter: almost everything to do with the CIA’s extrajudicial killings in Pakistan is kept secret. But you get the impression that no one in the administration is losing much sl…………………‘bug-splats’/

  10. Dronacharya Saudi Arabia Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    Kids killed in USA by a lone-gunman.
    Muslim girl raped by 7 RSS workers in Delhi.

    The pain is the heart-rending.

    Its time to write in NYT / Herald Tribune. To speak in French.

    What can poor Indian/Pakistanis do. They are themselves busy in their hell (daal-roti issues).

    I will bell this cat. MAIN BAJA`OONGA DANKAA. I have written the article. It is intense and extremely heart-rending. I am waiting for the official announcement (of facts). The moment it comes from the Liar GOI., i will shoot it.

    Women MPs of BJP must take poison and die, after reading the article. My words will crawl on their dirty minds. I will not mince words. BJP/RSS ko main nangaa karoonga. At the proper forums.. among the people ‘who count’.

  11. AKB Pakistan Opera Windows says:

    Remember All the Children, Mr. President

    Remember the 20 children who died in Newton Connecticut.

    Remember the 35 children who died in Gaza this month from Israeli bombardments.

    Remember the 168 children who have been killed by US drone attacks in Pakistan since 2006.

    Remember the 231 children killed in Afghanistan in the first 6 months of this year.

    Remember the 400 other children in the US under the age of 15 who die from gunshot wounds each year.

    Remember the 921 children killed by US air strikes against insurgents in Iraq.

    Remember the 1,770 US children who die each year from child abuse and maltreatment.

    Remember the 16,000 children who die each day around the world from hunger.

    These tragedies must end.

    Bill Quigley is a human rights lawyer and law professor at Loyola University New Orleans and Associate Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights.

  12. Rex Minor Germany Google Chrome Windows says:

    Do not underestimate the kuffar which the believers commit; that is pretty stronger than the kuffar which the infidels udertake. I was never certain about the motive for the talibans to march towards the capital of India. Now the open invitation from the residents of the capital?

    Rex Minor

  13. Milestogo United States Safari iPhone says:

    A real Muslim can never be a kuffar. Once a real Muslim becomes kuffar, he ceases to be real Muslim. Sheikh started out as a real Muslim, sacrificing his wealth for allah’s work but then killing innocents made him kuffar.

    We need real Muslims like edhi and bin Quasim, not fake Muslims like quadri and Jinnah.

  14. Thomas United States Mozilla Firefox Mac OS says:

    SAD to see Momo is guzzling that Made in the USA Kool Aid….. So…

    “How can a religion allow killing a young activist (Malala Yousafzai) for her educational advocacy?”

    Didn’t the “Taliban” say it wasn’t her “educational advocacy” but her praise for the U.S. president who sends the drone to kill your children there who are even YOUNGER than Malala…. I myself can never see fit to justify any policy which kills children… from either terrorists, Barak Obama or the indigenous Taliban… I would have NO problem with the Taliban killing the local officials who collude with the invaders drone program…..

  15. Rex Minor Germany Google Chrome Windows says:


    We ca only pray for the dead. This who asked for force, used force now face the force, the most destructive that Pakistan political and military leadership of Pakistan has seen or confronted with, the asymetric war. The cavalier attitude will now be fatal.

    Rex Minor

  16. AKB Pakistan Opera Windows says:

    @ tom

    Malala is said to be shot by her 2o year old paramour…end of the story!!

  17. muhammad khawaja Pakistan Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO U People ……Talbain is our Hero’sssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss///stop this benchod comments

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