Stop blaming the US and India for our problems!

Published: November 30, 2012

Ghulam Bilour, of the Awami National Party (ANP), rightly stated that the people who are not raising their voice against terrorists are either on the terrorists’ side or afraid of them. PHOTO: REUTER

Last Week, Qazi Hussain Ahmad held America and India responsible for the suicide attack aimed at him. Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) took the same stance when the attack on Malala Yousafzai took place.  

This may all be well and good, however, a question I would like to pose to them is,

“Why would the US and India target both pro-Taliban and anti-Taliban forces in Pakistan?”

Many religious parties hold the sentiment that the Taliban are justified for their attacks on the Pakistani security forces because of Pakistani’s involvement in the war on terror. These parties consider the Taliban nationalist as ‘freedom fighters’. To add to it, Munawar Hasan recently declared that the technology of jihad and martyrdom was the ultimate weapon for Muslims.

Muharram is a month in the Islamic calendar that marks the mourning of the descendants of the Holy Prophet (pbuh) and even the US put a halt, albeit temporarily, to drone attacks in this month.

So, sure we can blame the security forces for their association with the war on terror and applaud the so called freedom fighters for their resistance against the US, but what about those individuals who were victims of terrorist attacks that took place in the holy month of Muharram? Were the Shias attacked also taking part in the war on terror?

Ghulam Bilour of the Awami National Party (ANP), rightly stated that the people who are not raising their voice against terrorists are either on the terrorists’ side or afraid of them.

The Pakistan Army has expressed the same notion in a slightly different manner. A private news channel, partnering with the Pakistani Army, aired a programme on the causes of terrorists’ havens in North Waziristan. The gist of it also explained the reasons of the delayed military operation in North Waziristan.

It was also revealed in the programme that there is a vast difference of opinion amongst political parties regarding the military operation. The anchor went on to mention that the Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) and the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) were some of the parties that opposed the military operation against the Taliban in North Waziristan.

Although this statement revealed the political inclinations of these parties, the bounce-back effect of it has the potential to cause the more religious vote banks to lean towards these parties, making it in essence, a pre-poll rig that may result in electing someone whose ideologies may not be reasonable and side with the terrorists instead. However, many other parties of the country have advocated the idea of taking decisive steps against these terrorists.

The next question, although fairly simple in my eyes, is determining who the actual terrorists are.

Fairly simple, I say, because the terrorists who attacked the security forces, Malala Yousafzai and the Shia community in the month of Muharram do have a hidden identity. They themselves have actually taken responsibility for the said attacks. Not only that, but they do so proudly!

So then why the confusion, why the wait?

Do you not think that it is high time we draft an anti-terrorism policy to wipe out their threat once and for all? As citizens of this country it is our responsibility to educate the masses on the philosophies of the Taliban. It is up to us to unveil their true intentions and explain to our people what their notion of ‘freedom’ actually entails and the potential harm it can have on us.

The first step, to combat the vermin of terrorism that has bitten Pakistan at its heart, is to recognise it. Once we have done that, we will give way to realisation of the detrimental effect it has and finally find the need to eradicate it from our system. Yes, it is not an easy task, given the severe disparity of opinions in this country, but it is not an impossible task- especially with rise of media and technological reach.

We should open our eyes to political parties that are daring enough to speak out against these terrorists, just like Nawaz Sharif has done. As long as the fear of losing a religious vote bank does not compound Sharif’s political campaign he has what it takes to combat and finally rid Pakistan of its weakness.

If the same religious vote bank can favour Imran Khan, despite his liberal policies of staging singers and entertainers at his political rallies to amuse the public, then it should not be a very difficult task for Nawaz Sharif to present his case reasonably against these terrorists in front of the public, explain their true agenda and gain the sympathies of the religious vote bank.

Make an anti- terrorism policy happen, and make it happen fast- Pakistan doesn’t have much time left before the terrorist virus consumes it completely.

Farman Nawaz

Farman Nawaz

A freelance Journalist who teaches Pakistan Studies at a missionary institute. He has a Masters in Journalism from Peshawar University.

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • BlackJack

    The first step, to combat the vermin of terrorism that has bitten Pakistan at its heart, is to recognise it.
    Well said. Unfortunately the storm has already begun, and you will have to shout much louder to be heard.Recommend

  • sh(india)

    may your tribe grow !!! atleast someone identifies accepts their mistakes.Recommend

  • http://India vasan

    Shall we blame Israel then ?Recommend

  • guru bhat

    A sane mind in an religiously insane country. Unless Pak tried to find the inherent faults within, it’s explosion will hurt it the most and will implode. India can defend itself, and can quickly recover with some minor injuries. But the US is immune from Paki internal violence. But once Mr.Modi becomes the PM, Pakis will have a big trouble and can’t play the same tricks. So, better clean up your act and behave before 2014!Recommend

  • dr habib ullah

    you wrote truRecommend

  • Areej

    Playing the blame game is surely not going to help the situation at hand. We accuse others for this terror that is in our country because we are currently undergoing a state of denial. But escape from reality and shutting eyes to it will make matters worse.Recommend

  • Pessimist

    Well done Sir for this article. I’m glad people are waking up. For too long have we gotten away with our problems by blaming US or India or Israel or even Ronald McDonald. We’d rather blame others than be bothered to solve the problem ourselves.

    For example, take the recent example of Malala Yousafzai, who was attacked by Taliban. Rather than hang our heads in shame about how we could let a 15 year old be targeted for her views, people started calling her a CIA agent and were convinced this was done to increase support for drones. I’ve seen videos and pictures on FB calling this attack a farce and labelling Malala a traitor.

    Now tell me, with such a viewpoint, how on earth do you expect Pakistan to progress!?Recommend

  • SOME1

    Its all true but how to convince our poor fellows, who are enjoying the luxuries of dynamic State of delusion and self denial. Recommend

  • Akhter

    @Author “Sharif’s political campaign he has what it takes to combat and finally rid Pakistan of its weakness.”
    No surprises in whom you will be voting for! Question is Messers Sharif have always supported and have a huge contingent of voters who actually support the Extremists and their warped version of Islam.

    “If the same religious vote bank can favour Imran Khan, despite his liberal policies of staging singers and entertainers at his political rallies “
    A decidedly anti Imran Khan statement to make, furthermore How did you decide Taliban Khan is a Liberal or has Liberal policies? I also find your reference to use of Singers and entertainers demeaning/disrespectful to this group. If Imran Khan supporters comprise singers/entertainers as well as people from all groups how or where they show this is not for you to decide, furthermore i attended some N league rallies and they had music also! as well as the usual uncontrolled public firing and thuggery that is part and parcel of N league rallies.
    Finally overall i agree with your stance that it is time we as a nation stood up to the Taliban menace and eradicate them from our land once and for all. But then this takes guts and i doubt any of the so called leaders in Pakistan have the spine to do so (Imran Khan included) Recommend

  • Nathan

    Blaming others is far easier than honest soulsearchingRecommend

  • Sheeraz Junejo

    Well written! Although i don’t completely agree to what you said but to some extent you are correct and i appreciate your views. Militant organizations like Al-Qaeda are eating not only our country but the world like vermins. The thing we need to focus upon is finding their footing and eliminate them completely. As far as blaming the security forces for their association with the war on terror is concerned i don’t really second your views because we do not have enough evidence so we can’t jump to the conclusion but we do need someone to take active interest in this cause, although I’m not a supporter of Mr. Sharif but i do appreciate his step against terrorist forces.Recommend

  • http://www.facebook.com/britishmuslims Mohammed Abbasi

    Pakistanis need to grow up about religion and seriously stop using it with such childish and destructive behaviourRecommend

  • 3rdRockFromTheSun

    Ponder this argument given by one of the commentators on this forum :
    “RAW and CIA (which supposedly fund the TTP) deliberately targeted Malala, so as to show the TTP in bad light so that there could be more drone strikes on the TTP”
    The commentator didn’t think it through enough to explain why the “RAW and CIA” would try to bomb a group presumably they themselves fund! And the sad part was most others agreed with this viewpoint.
    Why is simple logic so absent in the land of the pure?Recommend

  • Naresh

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    The “Placard” is in English and GUJARATI!
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    As such can anybody opine if this could be from Karachi alternatively it is from Gujarat in India.
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    CheersRecommend

  • parvez ahmed

    well writtenRecommend

  • sallahudin

    { Pakistan doesn’t have much time left before the terrorist virus consumes it completely}

    Indeed it seems like they have already done that especially to people like Farman Nawaz. I am really trying very hard to understand whether cowardice is hereditory or it is picked up on the way towards it. To live a decent life you cannot go for the option of just existing, you will not get respect by shining shoes of the international community just to survive.

    I think Farman Nawaz is one of the growing number of people in Pakistan who have taken up this mental of ” Aman ki Aasha” at any cost. There is a growing movement in Pakistan who are making it their mission to be nice to a neighbour who has done everything possible to make life difficult for us. This generation has grown up looking at Indian propaganda in their films and songs. These people cannot live without it. They as a matter of fact have been brainwashed into submision.

    Afdter being trounced in 1965 Indira Ghandi made it her and Indian mission to defeat Pakistan from inside by using it’s culture against our youth. I must say that it has succeeded in it’s mission. Farman Nawaz is a clear example of that.

    Anyone who believes that this trioka of India, Israel and America are not the ones behind our troubles then they are living on Mars. It is a sad fact that the only ones supplying Arms, Training and funds to these morons called TTP are these same countries who at every opportunity tells us and hoodwink the world that it is all Pakistani’s fault. This idea has been perfected over the years.

    No one wants these murderers TTP in our midst, let alone give them everything to murder ourselves. Only sick minds think that. No one anywhere in the world has paid with the bloosbath by these people. If these trioka of coutries just disappear from around our area then Pakistan will be at peace. It has been proved that these nations are behind our troubles coupled with the people that have been put in our gov against the wishes of the people. Recommend

  • gp65

    The poster in the ET picture says ‘Aatankvaad murdabad’ in the Gujarati script. In India we use the word Aatankvaad for terrorism, in Pakistan the corresponding word is Dehshatgardi. The ET picture is clearly from India and most likely Gujarat given the script.

    @Author: Good blog. Defining the problem correctly is half the battle won. The important thing is to convince your compatriots that your definition of the problem is the correct one.Recommend

  • Parvez

    The only thing I liked and that made complete sense was the title.Recommend

  • Wajahat

    TTP can’t be eradicated so easily coz TTP is nothing but the US itself. It will always remain there in different forms…Pakistan forces can’t wipe them out coz political parties come to their help always!

    But we do harm them in a way we could i.e., by increasing their war budgets and we’re doing ok with it!Recommend

  • Wajahat

    We Pakistanis should go out there, do some research on our own and find for ourselves who the real culprits are because it’s our nation who is suffering and not them!

    Believing solely on the news and blogs is not gonna work!Recommend

  • Wajahat

    I personally believe that the first and foremost thing we should do is to try to narrow down the gap being created b/w ‘liberals’ and ‘conservatives’ and eventually eliminate it. Knowingly or unknowingly, we are giving air to its flames. I think we should try to reach to the causes for which an individual is having a certain point of view instead of passing moral judgements. By delving into their point of views deep down and having better know-how of the situations, not only can we understand them better but also find that, most often than not, it is our kind who is at fault!Recommend

  • Anonymous

    Yes, you should shout much louder . The storm has began . Save Pakistan or sink .Recommend

  • Muhammad

    We have to stop letting America tell us what to do. We have to stop acting like children and get along with our neighbors India, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, etc and work together with them and end poverty and economic downfall in South Asia!Recommend

  • Virkaul

    @sallahudin: Your thinking is the product of Islamisation in Madrassas and victimhood. People like you fail to see reality. India had much larger issues at hand than just worry about Pakistan. It has to worry about development, education, healthcare, economy, exports, relations with large and small neighbors, SAARC, ASEAN, defense issues with China, foreign policy, etc. It’s resources are consumed substantially when there is conflict in the neighborhood. Peace therefore is essential for development.
    I have never understood the logic of good and bad Taliban. Taliban that keep their back towards Pakistan are GOOD while who face it are BAD. Have a heart. Recommend

  • Cynical

    @guru bhat

    ‘But once Mr.Modi becomes the PM, Pakis will have a big trouble and can’t play the same tricks. So, better clean up your act and behave before 2014!’

    Thanks for the advice. It will take out the option of saying, ‘we were not warned’.

    By the way the word is ‘Pakistani’, not ‘Paki’. Recommend

  • Terry

    INDIAN TROLLS. Why India blames its every ill on ISI and Pakistan. Why dont you go to Indian newspapers and give the same advice you are giving to Pakistanis. Or you are paid by Indian disinformation machinery only to read Pakistani newspapers.

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  • Arijit Sharma

    @sallahudin: ” … This generation has grown up looking at Indian propaganda in their films and songs. These people cannot live without it. They as a matter of fact have been brainwashed into submision. … ”

    Well from our point of view, you all are part of our civilization – the pre-Islamic one that is – and it is out duty to get you all back into our fold. Recommend

  • sallahudin

    Arijit Sharma, from our point of view you were part of our civilisation for 1000 years before you were given independence in 1947. So you have been part of our civilisation for a considerable time……… the Islamic one that is……….. not the pre-historic one.

    Wishful thinking that you want to “get us all back into your fold”. Keep dreaming. What would happen if we finaly decide to get back what had been our’s for a long time?Recommend

  • http://- Abid P Khan

    @sallahudin:
    “…What would happen if we finaly decide to get back what had been our’s for a long time?”
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    I am with you on this one. Lets take Senõr Zaid Quixote.along too.
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    Yours Sancho.Recommend

  • BRUISED INDIAN

    @sallahudin: If you think like that then why are you sitting and doing nothing about it? Keyboard warrior nation! Recommend

  • Shirish

    @sallahudin:

    You have tried and India keeps chopping you up into pieces ( figuratively and literally ) . Aap tho kehte phirte the ki aap ke 1 Sher 10 hindustaniyon ke barabar, phir kya hua, Jung me Kyon thande pad Gaye? Kehne mein aur Karne mein bohot Farq Hota hain.Recommend

  • Cynical

    @Abid P Khan

    @sallahudin:
    “…What would happen if we finaly decide to get back what had been our’s for a long time?”
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    I am with you on this one. Lets take Senõr Zaid Quixote.along too.
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    Yours Sancho.

    Sir, quite frankly, I am a little worried. I will tell you why.
    I was told that near the end, may be because of long association and numerous interactions between them, there was a “Sanchofication of Don Quixote”, and a “Quixotisation of Sancho”.

    Now, I have no problem with the prospect of “Sanchofication of sallahudin”, but “Sallahdinisation of Sancho”? No way. ET blogs will be poorer.

    Yours Sancho 2 (for this post only) Recommend

  • Jack

    @sallahudin: which civilisation are you talking about???? The one you grew upon or the one you seem to think you follow and expect others to agree? If its the second one, the whole world is seeing what you have achieved in 60 years and that does not seem to change despite your pride in it!!! You are one who needs to understand the culture is much more powerful than any religion and you need to know the message given by Bengalis. Do not tamper local culture with a religion because one cannot afford the consequences. I will NOT stoop to naming which religion is better because that idea of yours that “my religion is supreme” is the reason why Pakistan is in such a mess.Recommend

  • http://gujrat Zalim singh

    You forgot Juice (also known as Jews elsewhere).Recommend

  • Cynical

    @Abid P Khan

    @sallahudin:
    “…What would happen if we finaly decide to get back what had been our’s for a long time?”
    I am with you on this one. Lets take Senõr Zaid Quixote.along too.
    .
    Yours Sancho.

    Sir, quite frankly, I am a little worried. I will tell you why.
    I was told that near the end, may be because of long association and numerous interactions between them, there was a “Sanchofication of Don Quixote”, and a “Quixotisation of Sancho”.

    Now, I have no problem with the prospect of “Sanchofication of sallahudin”, but “Sallahdinisation of Sancho”? No way. ET blogs will be poorer.

    Yours Sancho (plagirisation should be permitted for effect)Recommend

  • HADI SAKEY

    Hunood, yahood, America – they have all the time in the world to de-establise Pakistan. Jamaat Islami has the escape door via the above mentioned conduit. They always blame others rather do some introspection. Where was Extremism and or intolerance before the advent of Ziaul Haq?Recommend

  • Iftekhar Khokhar

    I think we are responsible for our problems. Why to blame others?? Others maybe taking advantage of our stupidity but no denying the fact we are spoiling ourselves. Lack of sincerity & dedication, corruption, moral rot, extremism, terrorism …… and what not, were not gifted to us by enemies but by so-called well-wishers. Our declination started with the advent of “ZIA ERA” when an elected government was toppled. The rest is history. We opted for all this fuss. Ineptitude of morbid leadership of all sorts (with a few exceptions) is evident in all categories of political inclination or affiliation. Notwithstanding, we still don’t vote against them!!! Baqol e shaer (sh’ar has been modified a bit), “”HAM KISEE BAAT PE AFSOS NA POORAY UTRAY — NA WAFAEN HAMEN AAEN NA JAFAAEN AAEN.”" This state of affairs is terribly worrisome but a common Pakistani is helpless.Recommend

  • sallahudin

    @ Iftekhar Khokhar,

    Zia’s era was the one which told the world what we are made of. We defeated the mighty Russia which even America was frightened was frightened to touch.. Now it’s time to go further.

    Which democratic government you are talking about Mr. Isn’t it the same Bhutto who made Bangladesh with the help of India? Because of him we lost our credibility in the world. His aspirations of becoming a great leader which eventually landed him the noose? But by that time he had done severe damage to the integrity of Pakistan.After the war of 1965 Pakistan was geting the respect it deserved but the snake inside decided to cash in for his own ego.

    So yes our enemies do like us to be tame and act like cowards because if we don’t then how can they become leaders of this world. Some of us are doing a good job for the enemy. Recommend

  • Hassan Durrani

    You stole my words buddy , Great articleRecommend

  • http://- Abid P Khan

    @sallahudin:
    It would be far better if you read and update your knowledge base. The unwillingness to fight and the reason for withdrawal of the USSR military the chaos the country was facing. Sate was not able tom govern the country let alone participate in a war.
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    If Bhutto used declaration of Ahmedis as Kaafirs then Zia made life difficult for Shias. In his own little head creating a delusion that he was fighting a war to stop the spreading of The Iranian Revolution, a La Khomeini. Carter hated the set back suffered in Teheran. Carter supposedly sent 8 million dollars from the Presidential Discretionary Fund to Zia to finance the war in Afghanistan..
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    If you are seriously interested to get rid of the fairy tale version of Pakistani achievements in Afghan war, please look up the contribution of US Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski, a hawk who took Pakistani rulers for a ride. The ride from which they cannot get off.
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  • BlackJack

    @sallahudin:
    With such patriots, Pakistan has no need of external enemies. Salud!Recommend

  • Kaalchakra

    Sallahudin may be politically incorrect, but he does tell the truth. Indians should keep that in mind.Recommend

  • Milind

    Abid Khan & Cynical – That was a hilarious response (sanchoficition et.all) to Salahuddin… That probably sailed off his head, as I don’t see any rebuttal from him…
    I almost fell off my desk laughing it out…

    @Salahuddin – Man you need to really get off that horse and chuck your sword, you’ve been carrying since the Crusades from the Middle Ages… Better find a book and pen, since the latter day Crusades (if any) are not fought on religious lines, but mostly driven by pure economics…

    Abid Khan & Cynical – I see a potential NFP in you guys.. Thanks for your satire and making this lively…Recommend

  • Hassan Durrani

    @Milind:

    Lol .. loved your comment man ”Man you need to really get off that horse and chuck your sword”
    seriously these people really need to refresh their minds. Still living in the world of stone ages and wrong interpretation of History.Recommend

  • sallahudin

    @ Milind, @ Cynical,

    Hilarious but totaly useless comments. Pen is mightier then sword, is that what you are talking about?

    If that is the case then why did US decided to become the first country in the history of this world to nuke Hiroshima and Nagasaki? Why did the Americans bombed every inch of Viet Nam but still lost miserably? What happened to the pen and reasonality in Iraq in the 1990s? What happened in Iran after their revolution by Khamaini? What happened in Somalia, Sudan? What happened to the pen in 2001, did it go to hybernate? Then what happened to the same pen in Afghanistan, Iraq? By the way this is very recent, in case your brain cannot remember. The loss of more then 2 Million innocents, the pen took a nap?

    By the way, crusade is not by the muslims, it is a term used by the Christians against Muslims.

    Now have a good laugh at your inability to grasp the truth. One more thing, this is not a joke. It would not be a joke if you were in the thick of it or your close family members were suffering in this mayhem. You would not find it hilarious, hope it never happens to you people but you must think of the unfortunate who are caight up in it without being the reason for it.Recommend

  • Cynical

    @Milind

    Thanks.
    But truth be told, all credit goes to @Abid P Khan. He is an original. His posts are like none others’.
    I just put a spin onto his original idea. (actually admitted the plagirisation in my post itself)

    You brought no less loughter in ”Man you need to really get off that horse and chuck your sword.

    Cheers.Recommend

  • http://- Abid P Khan

    Please do not embarrass me. But after pondering more, came to think that being a Khan like Imran, I should remember what his Ma told him to remember that you are a Khan, a cut above the rest. I can’t help it its the pedigree.
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    If there is some serious credit we are talking about,why does not ET credit it to some offshore facility where all other celebs have accounts. Would not mind to join that particular sect.
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