Understanding the ‘good Taliban’ and ‘bad Taliban’

Published: June 17, 2014
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There are two kinds of Taliban in this country. One who say that they are Taliban; the other who says any operation against them is wrong.

Just as social media flooded with a surprisingly positive wave of military operation support, there were a few who did not quite seem happy. One of them, ironically, happens to be my friend.

“Don’t be so happy, Sultana. Our government has failed to conduct fair negotiations with them, and with this operation, there will be far worse consequences. You will regret attacking them.”

The remark came as a surprise. It made me pause. I stood frozen with a smile from the last moment of unity left hanging in the air.

Suddenly, I felt uncomfortable. I felt I was standing face to face with a different, young and fresher breed of ‘good Taliban’ as they have been recently referred to. I struggled, cleared my throat and asked meekly,

“But what about all the innocent people that they have…”

She stopped me midway and said,

“What do you think this operation will do?”

“…including my own uncle, my friend’s father,” I tried concluding my brutally interrupted question.

She enthusiastically continued to narrate tales of Taliban’s innocence and how they have been victims of military, astoundingly and swiftly ignoring all the attacks claimed by them.

It is then that I realised, there are two kinds of Taliban in this country.

–          One who proves to be an infidel and wages jihad against me; the other who chooses not to comment on it.

–          One who attacks the airport and holds people hostage; the other who supports negotiations with them.

–          One who threatens to kill more with the launch of the operation against them; the other who defends them actively on social media.

–          One who openly says they are not my friends; the other who shakes my hand and convinces me for negotiations.

–          One who sits in North Waziristan; the other who sits here, right beside me in my friend’s circle.

All the meanwhile and in between, I lose my friends, my family and my people one by one. They tell you to express less or leave the country.

There are two kinds of Taliban in this country.

One who say that they are Taliban; the other who says any operation against them is wrong. I am eligible to be killed by the first. The second stays silent at the thought of speaking against military operation. We are combating the first one in North Waziristan today. The second one resides in our mind, in our history books, gradually imparting ideological hegemony of their beliefs on me.

Sultana Haider

Sultana Haider

Is currently pursuing an MSc in Media, Communications & Development from the London School of Economics. A business graduate by conventional definition and social sector enthusiast by accident. She tweets @shaiderj (twitter.com/shaiderj)

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

  • SA

    a stupid text …. i think that first know the ground realities …. we have lost 50 thousand muslims and loss of property ….. economic lapse …. what now u expect we should shake hands with these people …. when 100 people from the hazara tribe were killed and many such events do u think about their families …. IDP,s are no issue the government is supporting them… this time dont bring this typical mind set of good and bad taliban …. this country has a constitution and government ….it is an islamic republic and laws of islam are followed here….Recommend

  • NaMaloom
  • Sakina

    Thank you for putting it out there. Most people don’t understand that while it may just be minorities today, it will be everyone else tomorrowRecommend

  • Osama Zia

    Sitting in London and giving EXPERT OPINION on WAZIRISTAN?? lol
    Take a step forward, leave London, come Pakistan and help IDP’s and parents of those who got killed in collateral damage to get through the sufferings of operationRecommend

  • ajeet

    Its called Karma. And it bites back, whether you believe in it or not.Recommend

  • abhi099

    The only good or bad taliban are the dead taliban.Recommend

  • Naila

    Killing of innocents is wrong and those who support killers of innocents are also wrong.Recommend

  • Kulsoom

    The author is a student on a course for less than 12 months. Read the description of the author before giving an irrational argument.Recommend

  • Alann

    Being a Pakistani, do what Pakistan does best: Simply declare yourself as “the biggest victim of terrorism” and stop worrying about things going on around you. Luckily for you, you stay in UK currently. So when Pakistan gets totally engulfed by the Good Talibanis (of the militant, ‘strategic assets’ kind, not your friend circle) due to the incompetency of its lazy leaders (who will themselves come reside in UK if it comes on their life), you can be sure you’ll be spared from this mayhem as the militant Sharia has not been implemented in UK yet, despite lots of Pakistani Muslims residing there asking for it.
    I hope you have a good life…or whatever life you choose to pursue.Recommend

  • Hoshang Ansari ….Kaghan

    Anyone from London is not qualified to make an opinion? Did you read she
    lost her uncle, her friend’s father to the misbegotten savage animals ? You
    are exactly what she described in her blog. Mentally challenged ‘Good
    Taliban’ Do the 57,000 dead civilians killed by the terrorists in cities count ?
    Do 147,000 maimed, injured,disabled for life count? Just cross the border in Iran. Then tell
    the Iranians you want to join ISIS. They will make sure you reach your destination. Expressly.Recommend

  • http://peddarowdy.wordpress.com/ Anoop

    Pakistan do this with or without knowing everyday when they support Kashmiri Jihadists or Afghan Taliban.

    The bigger challenge is to convince the average Pakistani that the ideology of the Kashmir Mujahideen groups like LeT, TTP, Afghan Taliban are near identical.Recommend

  • Razia Begum, Islamabad

    Good Taliban is our strategic assets who will be used against our neighbours like India and Afghanistan or rented to Saudi Arabia. Bad Taliban are those who don’t heed our advice and kill our politicians and security forces.Recommend

  • Rajan

    Every time I go through your readings I feel more proud Sultana. Very well written.Recommend

  • Faraz Talat

    It’s not an “expert opinion”, nor does the author claim it to be. It’s a blog in which she narrates a personal incident, and her thoughts about it.

    And there’s nothing about London that makes it illegal for you to have an opinion on our fight against terrorism. Perhaps you shouldn’t opine on Waziristan while sitting in Islamabad/Lahore/Karachi/Peshawar or whatever non-Waziristan city you’re likely in right now.Recommend

  • Syed

    Wow.. Typical Pakistani mindset.. Never accept solutions to any problem, just let us whinge about everything.

    First of all, this is not an expert opinion but just an opinion (which she is entitled to have, a concept probably alien to you!!). Perhaps you think she isn’t entitled to an opinion because of her gender, background, and if nothing is left lets accuse her of being Ahmadi…

    And yes, how many people more will have to die before we realize that we are already at war whether we like it or not. Was Fiza’s death not enough?? And you want her to come back and die here!! How many more will have to die before idiots like you would shut up and stop apologizing for Taliban.

    SyedRecommend

  • Custard_Pie_In_Your_Face

    Some people just love reveling in their own ignorance with a condescending idiotic response instead of making a logical critical argument against whatever point is being made.

    Pakistanis living abroad have every right to voice their opinions. At the very least they’ve contributed to the discussion. If what you’ve said is the best you’ve have to offer then you’ve contributed nothing.Recommend

  • Nobody

    What about the parents of the people being murdered by radicals every week now? Who helps them?

    On one hand you have collateral damage EVERYWHERE from those being killed by radicals. On the other hand you’ve got collateral damage from military operations in an attempt to snuff out the radicals and their gradually growing hold. How is the former a better situation than the latter?

    On a side note, Pakistanis residing within Pakistan love giving expert opinions about everything and anything, particularly the US and their foreign policy/motives so nothing wrong with having an opinion about what’s going on.
    Cheers.Recommend

  • numbersnumbers

    Any chance of you helping the relatives of those 30,000 PLUS Pakistanis slaughtered, maimed and orphaned by terrorist attacks inside Pakistan, OR are casualties of TTP attacks not WORTHY of your time?? Recommend

  • napster

    Word naive comes to mind after reading this blog. Let me ask you just one question, what will happen when Nato forces will leave Afghanistan, What are your opinions about indain consulates and indian influence in Afghanistan. What will happen when both borders will become active theaters. Supposedly if we do not differentiate between freedom fighters(good talibans) and mercenaries aka bad talibans (TTP) and kill them all (which would of course be a wishful thinking), how do you see balance of power in Asia keeping China, Russia, US, india and Pakistan in frame.
    Obviously you wont be knowing all this, because this info is not available on social media.
    Mr Ajeet with what your government is doing in Afghanistan and Baluchistan, you still have the nerve to talk about karma, IT WILL BITE BACKRecommend

  • siesmann

    How many of those killed by your beloved Taliban you have helped yourself.And where did you read the author is giving expert opinion.She is giving the facts as they are.Off course,for people like you Osama and Zia,and the terror and intolerance leashed by them are heroes,and anything against them unpalatable.Army even now has set=up areas where these law-breakers can come and lay down their arms.But those used to shedding blood ,and being brave behind the gun won’t take on it;and they have apologists like you to justify them.Recommend

  • Leela4fun

    Pakistani establishment is creating all this propaganda to defame the Taliban and the really true believers.Recommend

  • Time

    so what are you doing for IDP’s? what are you doing in real for country? if she is seating in Lodon doesn’t mean she can’t have opinions about Pakistan…..I hope by the same logic you won’t be having opinions about anything happening in the world outside pakistan?? is it?Recommend

  • Nadia

    First – I do not believe that there is any good Taliban. What we have come to know as Taliban is an organization that justifies killing (innocent or otherwise, I am not in the position to comment) in the name of Islam and has brought much emotional and social distraught to Muslims all around the world. Any good musalman would have been content to identify themselves as a Muslim and nothing more. There is nothing more.

    Second – if negotiations with Taliban and talks with them will lead to giving up even an inch of social, political, and religious freedom that is allowed to us in a country like Pakistan (fraught with corruption and crime), especially anything related to women rights, there is nothing to talk about any further. Shariah law in a secular state is not the way forward. It’s about time the pseudo-Muslims aka Taliban (good or bad) realize that. Recommend

  • akash

    Your comments have nothing to do with the topic.
    After reading your comments is it proved that Taalibann and their keen supporters (good taaliban) does not exist?
    YES they exist, Imran Khan, Siraj Ul Haq are two shining examples.
    Ooopss it hurts probably after hearing the name of the father of TWISTED LOGIC IK.Recommend

  • http://peddarowdy.wordpress.com/ Anoop

    Haqqanis have turned against Pakistan, Hekmatyar looks like turning against Pakistan. TTP did long time ago.

    Many in the Pakistani Army turned, most notable mention being Ilyaz Kashmiri, who was a special ops soldier, who later tried to assassinate Musharaf and then orchestrated the Karachi Naval base attack.

    So, slowly all the proxies and non-proxies(soldiers, journalists, whoever sympathetic to the Islamists) alike are turning.

    There will come a time when the people Pakistan considers assets – Hafiz Saeed(who is believed to head a Terror group with a Charity foundation’s facade), Masood Azar, etc., will turn against Pakistan.

    That day, Pakistan will realise its people are its own worst enemies. And, most of the damage was done by #1 Intelligence agencies, not India, US or Israel.Recommend

  • نائلہ

    The ideology they share is obviously the same; when you can go as low as to take a life of a human being, nothing else you believe is counted. Murderers have a category of their own. Recommend

  • http://peddarowdy.wordpress.com/ Anoop

    Thats too simplistic an opinion.

    New York City famously has surveillance on all its Mosques. I asked one person I was debating with, who similar to you, was offering simplistic, convenient opinions :

    If you were the Mayor of NYC and you are facing threats to your city, especially Religion motivated one. You have limited resource and cannot mount surveillance on all the Temples, Mosques, Churches, Gurudwaras, etc.

    What would you do, I asked him. Would you remove all surveillance citing fairness to a all Religions? Or will you prioritise and put up surveillance on say, all Mosques?

    Predictably he didn’t answer and changed the topic. Like you will now, after I ask you to answer the questions I’ve put up.

    What will you do @disqus_ry0Pnoti7b:disqus? Will you remove all Surveillance or opt to put Surveillance on one group only and which group would you choose?

    :)Recommend

  • Critical Thinker!!!

    Nice explanation forgot to mention your governemnt supporting TTP and let me not forgot brutal Kashmiri killings your government has done in the past…..I really would like to know which Indian Authors book do you read tht u come with these Ideas…..!!!!Recommend

  • Critical Thinker…!!!

    Yeah and one Indian kills innocent kashmir tht is justified?Recommend

  • Critical Thinker..!!!

    Nice one you think u live in Pakistan so you can judge the situation better…..????Recommend

  • Critical Thinker

    In USA may b in Mosque ..in India definately in Hindu temples…Wht you forgot is that ist human who is the killer not a religion..But I think Kashmiri Killers will not understand..You people enjoy this …!!!Recommend

  • Critical Thinker…!!

    E.T I wrote a very long answer..I find it unfair that its not posted..!!!Recommend

  • http://peddarowdy.wordpress.com/ Anoop

    Is it different in Pakistan or Afghanistan or Iraq or Syria or UK or Bangladesh or Somalia?

    Everywhere its the Mosque itself..

    Only Pakistanis think Hindus are militant, for if it were actually true, Temples in US, UK, even Pakistan would be scrutinised.

    But, since there is no militancy in Hinduism, even your own Pakistani Intelligence doesn’t monitor them. Which is exactly my point..Recommend

  • Critical Thinker..!!!

    Yes so it looks like wht ever Pakistan does is wrong and wht ever India does is always justified and right…Even Indians find Indian Army killing in Kashmir justified…SICK..!!!Recommend

  • http://peddarowdy.wordpress.com/ Anoop

    Aren’t innocent Muslims not dying when Pakistan fights Terrorists?

    In any counter insurgency environment, there is bound to be civilian casualties.

    How what India is doing in Kashmir different than what Pakistan is doing in FATA? At least India is not Carpet Bombing Kashmir!

    There are IDPs, basically Refugees in their own country. Kashmiris are still in Kashmir. India is doing a much better job at fighting Terror than Pakistan.Recommend

  • Critical Thinker..!!!

    And by the way…Mr. Analysist please read the book of Charlie Wilson or watch the film…Charlie was the man behind setting up of Taliban..He blames the US for not helping them come to their feet education wise in 1980’s. According to Charlie US used them and threw them in a dust bin…..Please also dotn forget that in 1990’s Musharraf told Bill Clinton to open an Embassy in Afghanistan becoz the country is out of control….But as usually and Indian will find a problem with Pakistan and will kill more Kashmir to get their anger out…!!!!Recommend

  • نائلہ

    You are very bad at predictions, you know that right?

    If I was the mayor, I would rightfully pull surveillance cameras on all the mosques. As a mayor I have the responsibility of my citizens lives and they are most likely to be put in danger by religious fanatics, specifically those who claim to follow Islam. Not only that, but I will send out 1 or 2 of my own people to join EACH mosque to make sure what they are teaching does not put lives in danger.

    You see, my sect of Islam has taught me the truth and has taught me to accept the truth. Since I know the truth of my faith, I am not afraid to own up to the atrocities people claim they do in the name of my faith. Recommend

  • Naila

    Sure, there are fanatics in each religion, but I don’t remember the last time a Hindu was on the news for a suicide attack. Recommend

  • Gulwant Singh Bedi.

    Not true. Fake. That policy was scrapped by the Civil Rights
    Commission. Umpteenth lawsuits were filed. That was discriminatory. To pick a specific religion for surveillance.
    But you would not mention this, or discuss it. Because there,
    really, are no civil rights in India. In US they were killing Sikhs
    and bombing temples because they thought Sikhs were Muslims.Recommend

  • Gulwant Singh Bedi.

    Not true. Fake. That policy was scrapped by the Civil Rights
    Commission. Umpteenth lawsuits were filed. That was discriminatory. To pick a specific religion for surveillance.
    But you would not mention this, or discuss it. Because there,
    really, are no civil rights in India. In US they were killing Sikhs
    and bombing temples because they thought Sikhs were Muslims.Recommend

  • http://peddarowdy.wordpress.com/ Anoop

    So, what role does US have in ISIS, which is a relatively new group?

    What role does US have in LeT?

    Or, what about Al Shahbab?

    Or, what on Earth does US or India or Israel or any member of the West, have to do with Boko Haram?

    Stop blaming others and start thinking why are there so many Terror groups, which are strikingly similar?

    Boko Haram kidnapped dozens of little girls, how is it different than TTP shooting Malala?

    The problem is not only with Pakistan, but all over the Muslim world. But, here you are worried about India. You are a perfect example how ordinary Pakistani is responsible for his problems.Recommend

  • http://peddarowdy.wordpress.com/ Anoop

    So, what role does US have in ISIS, which is a relatively new group?

    What role does US have in LeT?

    Or, what about Al Shahbab?

    Or, what on Earth does US or India or Israel or any member of the West, have to do with Boko Haram?

    Stop blaming others and start thinking why are there so many Terror groups, which are strikingly similar?

    Boko Haram kidnapped dozens of little girls, how is it different than TTP shooting Malala?

    The problem is not only with Pakistan, but all over the Muslim world. But, here you are worried about India. You are a perfect example how ordinary Pakistani is responsible for his problems.Recommend

  • http://peddarowdy.wordpress.com/ Anoop

    Sikhs were never monitored for Terror activity, for Americans know they are a peaceful group and Religion.

    Same with Hindus, Which is exactly my point.

    Please read the comment again. I think you have misunderstood it.

    Mosques were targeted for the intelligence setup knew the threat was emanating from one single group- Not Hindus, Not Sikhs, Not Jews.Recommend

  • http://peddarowdy.wordpress.com/ Anoop

    Good. Next question.

    Why not Hindu Temples, not Sikh Gurudwaras?

    Why isn’t Terror emanating from those places of worship? Why do only Mosques need to be surveilled?

    Sikhs, Hindus in US come from similar Socio-Economic background as Muslims. So, thats ruled out. What is it then that there is a need to monitor activities of Muslims?

    I think its ideology, and I am being diplomatic. You know very well where I am getting too. What do you think?Recommend

  • http://peddarowdy.wordpress.com/ Anoop

    Nor are Hindus monitored in Pakistan, where in Text Books its taught Hindus are bad, scheming people.

    I think its got to do with the pluralistic and peaceful teachings of the Hindu culture.Recommend

  • JayMankind

    Oh shoot, India is not as literate or as advanced as Pakistan. Maybe, one day we might get there. *fingers crossed*. In the meanwhile, slow down guys ! Wait for us to catch up !!Recommend

  • Mehdi

    Let me join the party. Osama zia – are you caring for an orphan child ? Are you planning to marry a widow of the collateral damage. If so please let us know about your experience, so we can opine in an empathic manner :)Recommend

  • vasan

    Hate is not preached in any INdian temples. You can visit and verify because there are no sermons in any Hindu temples. Ranting just for ranting is not good enoughRecommend

  • Critical Thinker….!!!

    Insrugency is the name you give to Kashmirs who are living in their own Land..MR: ANOOP YOUR BRUTAL ARMY IS THE INSURGENTS THERE…..DEFEND THT WITH UR LIES..!!!!Recommend

  • Critical Thinker…!!!

    Tamil Tigers were not Hindus but definately not MUSLIMs…..and according to the statistics the maximum Suicide attacks are not carried out by Alqaeda but Tamil Tigers…Although I dont support both of them….!!!!Recommend

  • Critical Thinker….!!!

    Yeah thts why Tamil Tigers used to blow themselves up..becoz there were Muslims..in which black ignorant world do you live….All religion teaches peace ..if some one misinterprets it ..its fault of the human being himself..But again Im talking to some one who justifies Kashmiri Killings…Like Animal teaching how to be civilized…PATHETIC…!!!!Recommend

  • Critical Thinker…!!!

    Yeah right and Tamil Tigers are muslims right??????
    Tamil Tigers according to statistics have carried out more Sucide bombings than any other group in the world…..any answer to tht @disqus_ry0Pnoti7b:disqusRecommend

  • Critical Thinker…!!!

    Yeah right and Tamil Tigers are muslims right??????
    Tamil Tigers according to statistics have carried out more Sucide bombings than any other group in the world…..any answer to tht @disqus_ry0Pnoti7b:disqusRecommend

  • Critical Thinker..!!!

    Never heard any other muslim world even mentioning India ..oh yes in Saudia for cheap labor…!!!!Recommend

  • Naila

    I dont even know who they are and what statistics? you dont sound like a critical thinker to me.Recommend

  • Critical Thinker..!!!

    Which mosque created Tamil Tigers…please also tell which Mosque was responsible for World war 2, Jews killings. Can you also please inform me which mosque was behind Ukraine attack this year…as you are on it please also explain which Mosque was responsible for World War 1…The Blood Diamonds are bought by which Mosque Mr.Anoop any wild guess…The killings in Norway was carried out by which sect of muslims….?????? I confuesed now answer the question rather than arguing with another baseles argument…!!!Recommend

  • Naila

    Who said that Pakistani textbooks teach Hindus are “bad, scheming people”? Where do you get your facts from Anoop? or do u make them up yourself.Recommend

  • Critical Thinker..!!!

    @naila please watch BBC or CNN documentary on Tamil Tigers and you will find out..I dont want to time to explain you history and thnk you for denying my name…typical Indian…!!!!Recommend

  • Critical Thinker..!!!

    @naila please watch BBC or CNN documentary on Tamil Tigers and you will find out..I dont want to time to explain you history and thnk you for denying my name…typical Indian…!!!!Recommend

  • Critical Thinker..!!!

    No reply I knew you have no agrument just can type TTP and Taliban very fast..!!!Recommend

  • http://peddarowdy.wordpress.com/ Anoop

    On the contrary. I read. Lest you accuse of me reading biased news sources, let me provide few links.

    http://www.dawn.com/news/672000/pakistan-schools-teach-hindu-hatred

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/149448/our-textbooks-and-the-lies-they-teach/

    Do you think ET and Dawn are making these up? Have you studied your own text books? I actually didn’t expect that comment from you..

    In the 2nd link, Raza Rumi provides concrete examples in the comments section.

    Do I look like I will mouth off without knowing and verifying it? Have I ever done it?Recommend

  • http://peddarowdy.wordpress.com/ Anoop

    On the contrary. I read. Lest you accuse of me reading biased news sources, let me provide few links.

    http://www.dawn.com/news/672000/pakistan-schools-teach-hindu-hatred

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/149448/our-textbooks-and-the-lies-they-teach/

    Do you think ET and Dawn are making these up? Have you studied your own text books? I actually didn’t expect that comment from you..

    In the 2nd link, Raza Rumi provides concrete examples in the comments section.

    Do I look like I will mouth off without knowing and verifying it? Have I ever done it?Recommend

  • http://peddarowdy.wordpress.com/ Anoop

    Are Tamil Tigers taking over Iraq today?

    Is Hitler roaming the streets of Syria butchering Women and Children?

    Are Blood Diamonds responsible for the Karachi Airport attacks?

    Even your Govt and Pakistani ISI monitor Mosques, NOT Churches, NOT Temples.

    Why don’t you ask tell them not to monitor Madressas and Mosques by telling them about Tamil Tigers, Ukraine, Blood Diamonds, etc.Recommend

  • نائلہ

    Jihad. The concept of jihad is only in Islam.

    The definition of the word ‘context’: The parts of a written or spoken statement that precede or follow a specific word or passage, usually influencing its meaning or effect.
    Ie. If you ignore the context, you could ignore the actual meaning. Again, I doubt you will understand.

    Now, Jihad was permitted at the time of Prophet Muhammad PBUH because Muslims were being killed for believing in One God. To defend themselves, Muslims went to war- known as lesser jihad. To highlight this point, the Prophet PBUH told his followers returning from a military campaign: “This day we have returned from the minor jihad to the major jihad,” which he said meant returning from armed battle to the peaceful battle for self-control and betterment.

    The concept of jihad has been hijacked by many political and religious groups over the ages in a bid to justify violence against Muslims and non Muslims alike. In most cases, so called Islamic groups invoked jihad to fight against the established Islamic order or to force countries to follow their version of sharia law. Lesser Jihad IS NOT JUSTIFIED in today’s context.
    Recommend

  • نائلہ

    HAHAHHAHAH I am by far the last person you can predict to be an Indian!! lolRecommend

  • نائلہ

    Wow, very shocking indeed. I am sorry for accusing you, just rest assured it’s Pakistan, not Islam.

    I studied in Pakistan only until year 2, so I wouldn’t know what they teach or not. But I didnt know they could go to this extent.Recommend

  • siesmann

    you forget it is exactly because Pakistan wants to keep “Good” taliban that other countries interfere,and intervene.Proxies beget proxies.Unfortunately Pakistan is bitten by both.Recommend

  • Critical Thinker..!!!

    HAHAAHAHAHAHAH..tht doesnt change tht ur knowledge on this topic is very week. Please read or watch the film Charlie Wilson war and watch documentaries on Tamil Tigers or simply watch the bollywood film Madrass Cafe to get a feel….all of this is interconnected with each other becoz sadly very country used there Proxy dogs..and no one is ready to own them…!!!!Recommend

  • Critical Thinker..!!!

    before you laugh again weak not week..!!!Recommend

  • Feroz

    Anyone killing your family members or friend is bad Taliban, if they kill your hated neighbor they become good Taliban. Hope things change sooner than later.Recommend

  • Talha Rizvi

    Being An Indian you did what Indians do best. You commented on an inspiring article with your usual hateful mentality and spoke the usual vitriol. Alann tell me why are Indians working in the middle east? Since you hate the muslims so much.Recommend

  • unbelievable

    Fact seldom overcome bias. Sometimes you can excuse ignorance and nativity – but those who ignore the deaths of tens of thousands of innocents are not worthy of of being your friend.Recommend

  • abhi099

    where were these words during mumbai attack?Recommend

  • napster

    With the complex scenario created in Afghanistan, thanks to indian interference, good Taliban seemed to be the only choice. Still there is a lot of hope for Pakistan even after the NW operation. Indian approach may be effective but then it requires a lot of time but Nato is not interested in staying that long. Ultimately though by nature of afghani people, tribal system will prevail where might is right. This tribal system gives Paksitan’s strategy winning advantage through good taliban.Recommend

  • Sahrish Ahmad Gul

    What about the ones who raise a lot of hue and cry when a famous
    locality in a big city is hit, and don’t say a word when a village is
    bombarded with many innocent’s left dead?

    And what about the
    people, who were made to flee their residences in Swat, and only to be
    left helpless by the government. 80 percent of IDPs of Swat Operation
    were forced to make their own
    arrangements because the government was not effecient enough to handle
    the humanitarian crisis triggered by war. That aired anti-state sentiments in the locals.

    Not
    being in support of military operation does not make a person Taliban.
    May be they are just far-sighted enough to see the mess it is going to
    create.Recommend

  • http://peddarowdy.wordpress.com/ Anoop

    India houses the 3rd largest population of Muslims in the world. But, Indians cannot go to Muslim majority lands?Recommend

  • siesmann

    Well,you know there will be “bad Taliban” across the border in Afghanistan.And Afghanistan will keep sending them in response.One gets back what one gives.Recommend

  • Gulwant Singh Bedi.

    No did not misunderstand your article. You are just spewing hate. If Sikhs can be mistaken for Muslims then imagine what Muslims have to undergo. With people like you aiding and abetting anti Muslim activities. Very likely in US too.Recommend

  • shah

    Anoop, thanks for validating Two nation Theory. Thankfully at least Pakistanis don’t have to sit and justify themselves to hatemongers like you everyday.Recommend

  • Someone

    Why do you think it is okay to use “Good Taliban / Strategic Assets” for terrorism.
    Just take a look at US / Canada / Cuba… people spend less money on bombs but on development…

    people at both sides of the border of India and Pakistan are so poor.. they can hardly afford it…

    Ah! well… you want Jihad to convert everyone to Islam…Does it really matter to people who wants roti to be either Hindu / Muslim / Christian / ABC religion… To me it looks like the Guliver travels of liliput fame… fighting over which way we need to break the egg and spending money on arms.

    In India, Hinduism and Muslims… co-exists peacefully together..

    For God sake… stop the nonsense.Recommend