Tuesday, April 10, 2007

One More Example of Pakistan Imploding...

Here's another example of the continuing implosion of Pakistan.

Pakistanis have to ask themselves what kind of country they want to live in. A Talibanized state or something more than that - along the lines of a Malaysia or God forbid, India.

The infighting between non-state actors (read Terrorists) inside Pakistan isn't to be taken as a good sign. All it means is that those same actors believe Pakistan is such a weak state that the eventual top dog will be in position to enforce its writ across all territory eventually. Right now these non-state actors (Islamists) are in fact positioning themselves for the post-Pakistan state that they will control. The winners of these internal conflagrations are going to be tomorrow's rulers.

Pakistanis who don't want to be a part of Sharia enforced Talibanized Pakistan need to get into the fight now, otherwise it will be too late. As in Afghanistan, if you wait too long, you lose your country and end up forming or becoming part of an ex-patriot diaspora, or worse, you live in a state of oppression under the Taliban.

Here's another example of the growing clout of the Pakistani Taliban. In times past, no one would really question or challenge government ministers or the Pakistani elite in the open about their lack of Islamic behaviour. That's all changed now as a female minister comes under fire from the Taliban.

Here's an excertp...
Islamic clerics at a radical mosque in Pakistan's capital have demanded the tourism minister be fired for hugging a foreign man, saying she committed a “great sin.”

Minister of Tourism Nilofar Bakhtiar rejected the Taliban-style edict Monday and said her family and friends were concerned for her safety.

Two clerics at Islamabad's Red Mosque demanded her dismissal Sunday, two days after setting up a court to deliver Islamic justice in a bold challenge to President Gen. Pervez Musharraf, a U.S. ally who has promised to promote moderate Islam.

The mosque's chief cleric, Maulana Abdul Aziz, threatened last week to stage suicide attacks if authorities tried to raid the mosque.
Not only is it okay now to threaten government ministers in Pakistan, but it's also okay to threaten to launch suicide attacks. Correct me if I'm wrong here, but 'suicide attacks', isn't that treason? Isn't treason an act that results in execution in Pakistan?

All of these transgressions against the Pakistani government will come to haunt us in Canada, because at some point Pakistan is going to become the new Afghanistan. Then not only will we be forced to fight the Taliban in Afghanistan, but the Taliban in Pakistan as well. A nuclear armed Taliban. How scary is that? Here's hoping the Pakistani elite wakes up before we (the allies) have to do what they should have been doing all along... getting rid of the Islamists, one by one if necessary.

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