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Pakistan versus the Taliban Emirate

By Amaar Ahmad:

Imran Khan and similar-minded people are clamoring to stop NATO supply over the drone issue. Their battle cry is: ‘sovereignty’, ‘national honour’ and ‘honour not dollars’. PTI, JI and JUI are okay with the difficulties that arise for Pakistan by this blockade and claim that once the drone attacks stop, the Taliban savages would agree to peace. This mindset is beyond belief. The reality is that Pakistan has as much territorial control of North Waziristan as it has perhaps over Indian Kashmir. Protests against drones thus make no sense.

National sovereignty over a geographical area exists if and only if a government can establish its exclusive writ in the land. In Northern Waziristan, Taliban and other outlawed groups have practically declared their own little Emirate and use it to sponsor terrorism against citizens of our country. Even Pakistan army cannot enter this area unless it conducts a massive military operation. This goes to show how dangerous the FATA region has become. Unless every square inch of the land is taken back from Taliban, their terrorism will continue perpetually.

For all practical purposes, Pakistan does not have enforceable sovereignty, and it is at war with a shadowy Taliban Emirate operating in FATA region. Therefore, Imran Khan does not have any right in claiming that national sovereignty is being violated. His inability to understand this reality shows either he is hopelessly naive or complicit with enemies of Pakistan. What a waste of a good man!

On the other hand, the others – Munawar Hassan or Fazlur Rehman – were never good to start with. Just as Jamaat-i-Islamic and Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam tried to sabotage Pakistan Movement and Jinnah’s effort seventy years ago, their children today are doing acts that bring serious harm to the country.

Our true leverage against powerful countries are not stupid protests and blockades. Our standing, diplomatic capital and true leverage will rise the moment that we as a state begin to take head-on the monster of religious extremism and bigotry.

The author can be reached on Twitter via @amaarahmad.

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17 Responses to "Pakistan versus the Taliban Emirate"

  1. Khan Pakistan Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    Imran Khan has proved that he is the official spokesperson of the Taliban. I firmly believe that there should be a zero-tolerance towards the terrorists and negotiation with them is impossible as they are killers. Moreover, Mullah Diesel AkA Falu baba is an ardent fan of the terrorists. It should be kept in mind that his seminary in Dera Ghazi Khan has been a breeding ground for the terrorists like Hakeemullah Mehsud. Munawar Hassan and his party have been supporting the Taliban network by giving them shelter. Thus, Imran Khan if he really claims to be the leader of the youth must not support any dialogue or relations with these terrorists. The drones sabotage the sovereignty of the state but has been real effective in eliminating the top brass of the Al-Qaeda network.

  2. Break-the-walls United States Opera Mini Unknow Os says:

    It is ridiculous.Imran Khan doesnt even realise that youth follows him.What is he trying to do?To provoke them?To provoke young students against the army & Government?He was also against the swat operation Rah e Rast.And what the hell is he doing with JI.JI needs to apologize for the stupid statement of Munnawer hassan.The leadership of JI must be given to a sensible & educated man.TTP Kharjis is a group of barbarians.How can somebody negotiate with mentally sick & illiterate barbarians who slit throats of innocent people for money.Wake up everyone.Why dont PTI’s politicians condemn Munnawer Hassan’s statement?Because both parties act like political wings of TTP barbarians &”love them kyun k Ye tu hamaray apne log hain”.May God bless our beloved country Pakistan.Ameen

  3. AKB Pakistan Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    Oh, Jeez!! Terrorists were Mujahideens of yesterday, there is no harm listening to their grievances! IK is doing right….he wants Nato to get out of his country and leave the issue for the state to tackle.
    Then the issue is not so simple….Pakistan has interest in its neighboring Afghanistan where India has a footing to tease and trouble Pakistan….therefore It’s not an easy job to tackle so many state enemies around through warring, talks are imperatively needed to be held in the interst of the country.

  4. AKB Pakistan Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    @Khan
    If IK is a spokesman of the terrorists then you are spokesman of the biggest terrorist, the US. Certainly you don’t want Pakistan to stand on its own feet….you don’t want new leadership to emerge to wipe out the illths of society; you don’t want to see Pakistan prosper economically; you don’t want peace; you want to remain a beggar.
    May God have mercy on you and your like….

  5. AKB Pakistan Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

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  6. khan Pakistan Safari  Android 2.3.6 GT-S5360 Build/GINGERBREAD says:

    @ AKB
    In inter-state relations sir, “Beggars are not thy Choosers”. Ever since its creation the pakistani state policy has been aid-oriented. It has focused to maintain friendly and cordial relations with the US and the muslim world at large. Pakistan can not stand up economically with the presence of both the local and foreign terrorists. The best choice is to isolate them so they can be easily eliminated from the society. Infants like you sir, believe that talking with the barbarians will bring a solution. On the contrary negotiation with them in any form will challenge the state writ. As for the leadership there are no true leaders available who can become a symbol of pride for the general masses. Unfortunately the leaders available today are all supporters of these barbarics. You are absolutely right God should have mercy on us and should save our beloved state from the darkness of extremism. Thus, God Bless My State from these ruthless barbarians and there like.

  7. Break-the-walls United Kingdom Opera Mini Unknow Os says:

    I am from KPK & I voted for Imran Khan.The pakhtoons are very brave & patriotic people.They love Pakistan.They hate terrorism.But the problem is that the local people of tribal areas North Waziristan are ruled by these TTP psychos.They are innocent local people.They cannot fight a violent opposition TTP.PTI,Govt. of Pakistan & Armed forces should save the innocent,peace-loving,patriotic people of Waziristan from these psychos.TTP barbarians didnt even spare the pakhtoons & pashtoons.Pakhtoons are also brutally murdered by TTP.May Allah save our beloved country Pakistan.Ameen.

  8. AKB Pakistan Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    @khan
    There is no writ of govt in Fata and Wazirastan and this is why these places are being droned by aliens. This means your govt is not capable of handling state’s affairs and in a way one can say state writ only exists partially. The writ of govt is also under challenge in Baluchistan…which continues to be a no-go area for ethnic races other than Baluchs. Is this what you call ‘writ of govt’? No. In order to establish writ of govt you have to take into confidence all the stake holders, sit together, talk to them, listen to their grievances and eke out a solution. Warring against the insurgents (who were the previous right-handed Mujahideens of all) for the last 11 years has brought no peace. If IK suggest talks with these insurgents would be beneficial without the intervention of aliens there is no reason to doubt his intentions. Pakistan is in dire need of a new leadership rather than be left in the hands of old players.
    My boy, you ought to grow up and show some manhood before the mirror!!

  9. parliament certified muslim United States Google Chrome Windows says:

    @AKB

    There is no writ of govt in Fata and Wazirastan

    That’s a lie. Who says there is no writ of the government in FATA? The writ of the Holy Government of F.A.T.A. can be seen in F.A.T.A. Don’t you know that F.A.T.A. now stands for Free Arab and Tribal Areas. Now, it is a free Islamic Emirate, ruled by the Taliban and financed by Mumlikat al Arabia al Saudia al Wahabia al Salafia. Islamic Republic of Pakistan is slowly catching up, but FATA is a purer Islamic Republic.

  10. Khan Pakistan Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    The tribal areas are a semi- autonomous region and are directly run by the federal government of Pakistan. The drone issue has challenged the state sovereignty but has helped in killing the top brass of the Taliban network. Surely the government has signed a deal with the US, what do you think the Kerry Lugar bill is all about? On the other hand the Balouchistan issue is a case of total negligence by the government. It is mainly Punjab vs. the Balouci people. The problem of ethnicity in the Baluchistan area has been created by the weak government policies. In order to end this government needs to put an end to the feudal lord system and learn from its past mistakes. As for the talks with the Taliban it is absolutely absurd as once the talks begin what will you negotiate with them??
    Girls not permitted to attend school,
    Barber shops all over Pakistan to be shut down,
    Women folks cannot leave house without males,
    Long hair and beards a must,
    Destruction of monuments (just like Bamiyan).
    The list of the awful policies of Taliban is long but basically you want to put the future of Pakistan at stake by conducting a dialogue with the barbarics. Thus, you are right instead of old players we need fresh faces so what do you say about Hazrat Maulana Fazullah sahib???

  11. Khan Pakistan Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    @ AKB
    The tribal areas are a semi- autonomous region and are directly run by the federal government of Pakistan. The drone issue has challenged the state sovereignty but has helped in killing the top brass of the Taliban network. Surely the government has signed a deal with the US, what do you think the Kerry Lugar bill is all about? On the other hand the Balouchistan issue is a case of total negligence by the government. It is mainly Punjab vs. the Balouci people. The problem of ethnicity in the Baluchistan area has been created by the weak government policies. In order to end this government needs to put an end to the feudal lord system and learn from its past mistakes. As for the talks with the Taliban it is absolutely absurd as once the talks begin what will you negotiate with them??
    Girls not permitted to attend school,
    Barber shops all over Pakistan to be shut down,
    Women folks cannot leave house without males,
    Long hair and beards a must,
    Destruction monuments (just like Bamiyan).
    The list of the awful policies of Taliban is long but basically you want to put the future of Pakistan at stake by conducting a dialogue with the barbarics. Thus, you are right instead of old players we need fresh faces so what do you say about Hazrat Maulana Fazullah sahib???

  12. PMA United States Google Chrome Windows says:

    Khan Pakistan December 3, 2013 at 10:43 pm:
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    Khan Sahab: It is encouraging to see more Pakistanis like yourself participating in discussions on this forum. Pakistani point of view and input from Pakistanis is badly missing here. I find some of your comments worth repeating.
    .
    “The tribal areas are a semi- autonomous region and are directly run by the federal government of Pakistan. The drone issue has challenged the state sovereignty but has helped in killing the top brass of the Taliban network. Surely the government has signed a deal with the US; what do you think the Kerry-Lugar bill is all about?”
    .
    Kerry-Lugar Bill is a payoff. Under this bill Pakistan has received more foreign NGOs than any other time in its history. Every tenth non-government public sector employee is indirectly working for the US and for her interest in the country. Not only Pakistani government but non-government professionals such as journalists, doctors, professors are directly or indirectly on the Kerry-Lugar payroll.
    .
    “On the other hand the Balochistan issue is a case of total negligence by the government. It is mainly Punjab vs. the Balochi people. The problem of ethnicity in the Balochistan area has been created by the weak government policies. In order to end this government needs to put an end to the feudal lord system and learn from its past mistake.”
    .
    One of the open secrets in Pakistan is the nefarious arrangement between the federal government of Pakistan and the Balochi Sardars. Unless the Sardari System is abolished things will never improve in Balochistan. Federal government is too weak and corrupt to change the system. And same could be said about FATA.

  13. parliament certified muslim United States Google Chrome Windows says:

    @Khan (December 3, 2013 at 10:43 pm)

    The tribal areas are a semi- autonomous region and are directly run by the federal government of Pakistan

    Wrong. FATA stands for Free Arab and Taliban Area. Now FATA is a sovereign country, directly under the Federal Government of FATA, governed by the Taliban and funded (copiously) by Mumlikat al Arabia al Saudia al Wahabia al Salafia.

    The drone issue has challenged the state sovereignty but has helped in killing the top brass of the Taliban

    As for those killed in this war, Hazrat Maulana Fazlur Rehman has recently issued a fatwa that all dogs killed by Americans are “Shaheeds”. Hazrat Maulana Munawwar Hassan has openly declared that all Pakistan Army men killed by the Holy Taliban (about 6000) are maqtools and halaak-shuda, while all Taliban killed by the Pakistan Army are Shaheeds. Nobody has the right to challenge the fatwas issued by our most esteemed ulama. Coming to the drone issue, the Parliament-certified Muslims of Pakistan do not approve of drones because they are “unmanned”. That makes them unmanly too. They should be manned and more manly. Mard ho to mardon ki tarha muqabla karo. As fo us, we don’t need any drones to counter the Americans. Hazrat Allama Iqbal clearly said: Momin hai to be taigh bhi larhta hai sipahi.

    what do you think the Kerry Lugar bill is all about?

    The Kerry-Lugar Bill is all about the US paying back its debt to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. Haara paisa hamein wapis kar rahe hain.

    Girls not permitted to attend school

    Girls will only be allowed to attend Jamia Hafsa.

    Barber shops all over Pakistan to be shut down

    You have misunderstood. Barbers will be allowed to shave only 3 areas: the moustache, the underarms and the pubic area (of men only). Any barber found guilty of using the ustara anywhere else, will be taken care of by means of his own ustara. “Ustara” to hota hai iss tarha ke kaamon mein.

    Women folks cannot leave house without males

    Wrong again. Women will be allowed to leave homes as and when they wish, but will return only with the escort of a couple of Parliament-certified ulama, as and when they (the ulaa) wish.

    Long hair and beards a must

    Yes, for men. Women will be graciously exempted from beards by the wise and benevolent Taliban government.

    Destruction of monuments (just like Bamiyan)

    Not just monuments. All maqbaras and mazars too will be demolished.

    you are right instead of old players we need fresh faces so what do you say about Hazrat Maulana Fazullah sahib???

    Hazrat Maulana Fazlullah is not only fresh, he is also good-looking.

  14. Thomas United States Google Chrome Google Chrome OS says:

    EVEN Malala Yousafzai believes that the drones create more “extremests” than they kill… When she met President Obama at the White House…. she told Obama this in public. It was an embarrassment for Obama to have his drone poster child turn against the drone strikes….GASP!! publically. Malala told Obama what I think, and what Imran thinks. So by her logic there would be less of these “extremists” if the drones stop their killing…. After all, the Taliban shot her in the face, so ordinarily we would think she would cheer the drones! But she doesn’t.
    So all of you here who want the drones to continue must be in favor of there being MORE and MORE Extremists. It seems to me that Malala must know the mood on the ground in FATAs….

    Here is the headline the day after Malala met Obama:

    Malala Yousafzai tells Obama drones are ‘fueling terrorism’

    Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2013/10/11/205176/obama-and-first-lady-meet-with.html#storylink=cpy

    HOW MANY extremists are created when a drone takes out a family or as happened in Afghanistan, an entire Jurga..?? And when the townspeople cane to help the dying, another drone killed them. Real honorable folks, there drone murderers… that so many of you here laud in support. I bet even you English speaking Pakistani commenters would be out for blood if a drone killed your family, loved ones or friends… If not, you are worse pussies than even I would have believed…. You just elected another go along to get along crook, and now he too is selling the lives of your men, women and CHILDREN to the drone infidels. You who condone these drone murders of the people of Pakistan and the Umah from America are beneath contempt and in my opinion,you deserve any harm traitors to your contrymen like you receive…..

  15. masadi Pakistan Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    These morons, pee-ons of the West who write such articles forget the savagery and violation of international norms by AmeriKKKa but are fast to proclaim Taliban this and Taliban that. The Taliban are children of the CIA, that is their history, and establishing writs start with legitimacy building, and you do that through provision of services and incorporation NOT through warfare and destruction. IK is correct on this, AmeriKKKa and its minion agents in Pakitan like this author are incorrect and immoral.

  16. NotAnotherApologist Pakistan Google Chrome Mac OS says:

    While it is clear that TTP cannot be negotiated with (they are barbarians/ can only be subdued through the military/that those proposing talks are TTP apologists yada yada) the way in which we engage them has to change. US drone strikes are a violation of international law and it is not only ‘taliban apologists’ decrying their use but the world at large. It’s true that the state has no writ in FATA but what happens there now affects the entire state and does in fact threaten national sovereignty (taliban attacking major cities). I’m not against army operations or a military response to the TTP. I only believe that american unilateralism in this war needs to end b/c it is now our war. An agreement to share drone technology and intel is what is needed so that future Salalas and intra-provincial (Hangu) drone strikes can be prevented. (Those are still unacceptable.)

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