Here’s why Pakistan may not win this fight against the militants

Published: June 18, 2014
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While the airstrikes and ground efforts in North Waziristan have been needed, it’s not clear whether this effort can inflict a decisive blow against militancy in Pakistan. PHOTO: AFP

After many rumours and false starts, and after years of requests from US officials, Pakistan has finally launched a major military offensive in North Waziristan, ground zero for militancy in that country.

Extremist organisations use North Waziristan as a base for attacks on US forces in Afghanistan and to mount assaults on targets in Pakistan. The remnants of al Qaeda central, including perhaps supreme leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, have a presence there, as do Uzbek extremist groups, one of which claimed responsibility for the recent Karachi airport attack. Even Faisal Shahzad, the Pakistani-American who attempted to blow up Times Square in 2010, received training in North Waziristan. This tribal area is a magnet for militants, local and foreign.

But while the airstrikes and ground efforts in North Waziristan have been needed, it’s not clear whether this effort can inflict a decisive blow against militancy in Pakistan. Here are four questions that underscore how conditions in Pakistan may be stacked against success:

1. Will there be a critical mass of militants left to fight?

The Pakistani government has been hinting at the likelihood of an operation since January. In the five months since then, Pakistani Taliban and other militants have had ample opportunity to escape to other tribal areas in Pakistan or even into Afghanistan.

2. Will international forces in Afghanistan be able to assist?

Pakistani officials have asked international forces in neighbouring Afghanistan to help prevent militants from crossing the porous border into that country. But with the foreign presence in Afghanistan on track to diminish over the next few months, it’s not clear whether foreign troops will have the capacity to offer such assistance—and, if they do, they’ll need help from Afghan security forces, which have an uneasy relationship with the Pakistani security establishment.

3. Will this operation target militants across the board or only the Pakistani Taliban and its allies?

Pakistan has long distinguished between “good” and “bad” militants: It considers the Pakistani Taliban, which targets the Pakistani state, “bad”; the Afghan Taliban and Haqqani network, which strike Afghanistan and US and Indian interests in that country, are “good”. All of these groups are based in North Waziristan, but if Islamabad targets only the “bad” militants, the operation’s success will be limited.

4. Will this operation include associated efforts outside Waziristan?

Militancy in Pakistan is no longer restricted to tribal areas. Thousands of militants have set up shop in cities. In the absence of stepped-up law enforcement efforts and other civilian-led security missions in urban areas, a Waziristan-only operation cannot root out militancy on a national level.

And that bodes poorly for the ultimate prospects of this much-needed offensive.

This post originally appeared here.

Michael.Kugelman

Michael Kugelman

Michael Kugelman is the South Asia associate at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC. He tweets @MichaelKugelman (twitter.com/MichaelKugelman)

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

  • Kazmis

    The most important question which was not asked above is “Why these militant are wasting their age (jawani) in Waziristan and waiting forces to come and kill them?”Recommend

  • Naila

    Here’s a reason why Pakistan might just win this war against the militants:

    1. If God is with them. Recommend

  • Naila

    Because they have been taught they will get 72 virgins when they are ‘martyred’. If that does not sound attractive to jawan militants, idk what will. Recommend

  • Lt Col Imtiaz Alam(retd)

    It might not be able to completely wipe out the TTP miscreants because they will slip into safe Haven’s in Afghanistan harbored by the CIA, RAW & Mossad. The TTP & the US are two sides of the same coin. USA is fighting a Proxy War with Pakistan. Its only objective is to neutralize our Nukes. Twelve years and it has failed. It has used all the tricks of the Trade to destabilize Pakistan but failed due to Allah’s Grace.Recommend

  • J.P. Sharma

    Pakistan is a wall of steel between India and these fanatics. If Pakistan loses, God forbid, It will become another Syria or Iraq which may have serious troubles for India too. But Pakistan Army will be able to tame them I am sure.Recommend

  • Parvez

    Vah ….a sense of humor as well.Recommend

  • Parvez

    Vah ….a sense of humor as well.Recommend

  • Parvez

    In battles of old ……… the concept was to ‘ take down ‘ the standard or flag bearer signifying the collapse of the opposing force. This concept holds good even today and the flag bearers are enthroned in N.Waziristan. Once crushed the others scattered around will fade away…BECAUSE AT HEART THEY ARE COWARDS.Recommend

  • http://gilaniali97.wordpress.com Ali Gilani

    Regardless of the different scenarios being presented by pundits allover, Hopes are high for the success of this particular campaign against insurgents. People here have showed a unique kind of resilience time and again. We always unite whenever there is a disaster or other calamity. We are a democratic people and reserve the right to be just as dubious as other countries are. We also reserve the right to support whomever we think is friendly to our policies and what not without causing much noise.Recommend

  • arun

    Then I might as well think that they are never going to winRecommend

  • Bairooni Haath

    “If”Recommend

  • raj

    acc to militants, God is with them also :PRecommend

  • Perplexed

    @ltcolimtiazalamretd:disqus

    We are fighting CIA,Mossad and RAW puppets with the help of CIA. India is jubilent today as it considers us to be frontline against terrorists.U.S is jubilent that we have owned up what they always wanted , now our army will always be engaged in fighting the N.A.T.O war and will keep getting its re imbursments.

    Dear col sb can you put forward any fact(excluding the zia era) that our Army is not a natural successor to the Colonial Army pre partitiion and is fed , maintined to keep The New GREAT GAME interests in tact?

    Isnt it a repeat of pre partition when people hired from northern punjab(Martial Area) used to serve the british in burma , africa and Our tribal region?

    Has partition of India ended our slavery to the british and the west and have our own national policy? (Again excluding the zia era)Recommend

  • Critical Thinker…!!!

    Dear Author,

    I would advice you to read the book or watch the movie Charlie Wilson war to understand how Taliban came to being. Please remeber your goverments hands are dirty in this war…full of blood of innocent people and this today is the result of taking multiple wrong decisions…!!!Recommend

  • نائلہ

    “And indeed, the wrongdoers are allies of one another; but Allah is the protector of the righteous.”- (45:19). Allah knows if we truly are ‘righteous’Recommend

  • Silent Soldier

    The questions raised by the author are logical. But same question would raise if it was NATO doing operation in Afghanistan or elsewhere against gurrela warriors. And the answers will be same, the same reasons of failures in Afghanistan. US however was quick to realize it and going to evacuate. Pakistan will learn the same but can’t evacuate. Even if Pakistan succeeds it had to keep army there for indefinite time which again would be a failure on long term.Recommend

  • KlingOn2K

    You see Colonel, “non-state actors” are everywhere. What can anyone do? Just like Pakistan has little control over Hafiz Saeed, Dawood Ibrahim, Mullah Omar, Haqqani etc etc, I am sure other nations too have their own acting schools. You can only say somebody has ‘succeeded’ or ‘failed’ after the dust has settled. It is too early to make a claim – either way.Recommend

  • Rayan

    Michael you should ask your government and other associates that why you trained and funded these militants in the first place??Recommend

  • non muslim

    Sad to see such comments coming from an elderly educated man.

    1)If TTP is sponsored by America, why is it also sending drones?

    2)If TTP is sponsored by RAW, why there is so much political support from within Pakistan for TTP? Why were there so many peace talks?

    3)During these peace talks I have not heard a single mediator make a comment regarding their request for TTP to sever links with India. Isn’t that the first logical step during a negotiations with your enemy?

    There has to be believable reasons behind every argument.Recommend

  • non muslim

    Sad to see such comments coming from an elderly educated man.

    1)If TTP is sponsored by America, why is it also sending drones?

    2)If TTP is sponsored by RAW, why there is so much political support from within Pakistan for TTP? Why were there so many peace talks?

    3)During these peace talks I have not heard a single mediator make a comment regarding their request for TTP to sever links with India. Isn’t that the first logical step during a negotiations with your enemy?

    There has to be believable reasons behind every argument.Recommend

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

    Point #5, Mr. Kugelman missed : Pakistanis will continue to blame outsiders for the problems of Radicalisation within its borders and the Muslim world.

    There will never be any soul searching, no objective analysis as to why are there so many Terror groups in the Muslim world. Only blame and finger pointing.Recommend

  • UzairH

    Sorry Colonel, but the USA or any other country is not so idiotic as to see Pakistan even more destabilized than it is now. What good will the militants taking over do? And please tell me, IF the TTP are actually CIA/RAW/Mossad agents, then why in the blue blazes have the PTI, religious parties, and so many in the media been maintaining that we should talk to them?

    The simple answer is that we Pakistanis, including yourself, are a confused people, with an almost textbook case of cognitive dissonance in our minds about the reality of our country and what wish the reality were.Recommend

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

    One more crucial point which was missed.

    COIN Failure : Pakistan has dedicated more than 2/3rd of its Military resources in the border with India. That is why it is choosing to drop bombs from above, rather than commit ground troops to take over and clear the area. Build part of the phase is non-existent since you need proper planning, especially from the civilians, which is just way to much to ask.

    This is done by Pakistan for 3 reasons :
    1) It knows deploying soldiers in those areas without proper COIN training will result in very high casualty. Pakistani soldiers are taught how to fight the conventional Army of India, not wage Guerrilla warfare.

    2) It fears that deploying ground troops will lead to defection and there is even the possibility that some elements sympathetic to the Taliban cause will help the enemy.

    3) Most of troops are stationed to fight India. Pakistan still think India, a power which has never attacked Pakistan, as its biggest threat. In such a case, it points to Pakistan not even taking Militancy seriously.Recommend

  • non muslim

    Please tell me, if we can apply the same logic to Pakistan army’s four losses in wars against India?

    Was Pakistan army doing wrong in 48, 65, 71 and 99 that it did not have god’s grace?Recommend

  • Virendra Kaul

    The need to take on the Soviets was that of America’s. They were willing to pay and Zia was ready to execute. The concept of Mujahideen fighting a proxy war came out from the brilliant brain of Mard E Momin. Saudi provided help to radicalize. Literature was printed in Nebraska, US and training was given in Pakistan. Funds came from the US & Saudi Arabia. You must now ask yourself if your question was valid.Recommend

  • Disgruntled

    Pakistan can win this fight – provided it sees ALL terrorists as evil, not mollycuddling those that act at their behest against Indian interests. As can clearly be seen, those snakes are coming home to roost and biting their benefactors (if I may be allowed to mix metaphors). Pakistan certainly is at the forefront of the WOT, and may indeed be suffering the most – but those who refuse to see that this is a result of your own misguided policies are behaving like ostriches. Blaming RAW, CIA, Mossad et al may be a convenient tool, but those same agencies will help you if you are willing to help yourselves. As is often said, India will extend a helping hand, only if Pakistan opens its clenched fistRecommend

  • Queen

    If the United States is aware of the reasons mentioned above then why has it been pushing Pakistan over these years to ‘do more’? Pakistan Army comprises of soldiers who are born and brought up in Pakistan and they know the terrain, the difficulties and intricacies of the operation much better than other nations. Pakistan will win the fight against militants if regional countries cooperate by sealing their porous borders to prevent infiltration.Recommend

  • نائلہ

    “No calamity befalls on earth or in yourselves but is inscribed in the Book of Decrees – before We bring it into existence.” (57:22)

    The pen has dried, and the pages have been lifted: all events which shall come to pass have already been written. Recommend

  • Mehdi

    Will those promised 72 virgins remain in that state for eternity :) Heaven would be a place of sexual bliss for these terrorists wow :)
    Do each get 72 or will it be shared among all the terrorists :)Recommend

  • Naila

    According to the militants, what they are doing is correct. Recommend

  • Critical Thinker..!!!

    India has 80% Army stationed on Pakistan border..wht do you want tht we let indian take more our land and they can start their Brutal Killings there as well..oh sorry I forgot for Indians killing muslims is always Justified….!!!!Recommend

  • Sikander Khan Afridi

    With all due respects sir, in a way they are not wasting their jawani.
    Here is why..they are illiterate, with no education. No commercial skills
    or a trade. They see no future. This jihadi job pays good money. Their
    prospects in the cities are nil. They are not volunteers. Not all of them.
    Some these tribal families will send one offspring to go earn some money.
    jihading. [There is a whole Jihad economy. Rent house, rooms, food etc. etc.]
    Then come back during harvest to bring in the crops. Job is seasonal, sir.
    They will even pick and choose, Highest paying commander gets the most
    fighters. And the suicide vesters, truly brainwashed, their families get an
    extra extra large bonus. Enough to set them up for life,..outside FATA.
    So besides ridiculous comments like 72 virgins, there is this money…
    Hope this helps.Recommend

  • Critical Thinker..!!!

    Anoop you act like a BIG ANALAYSIST but most of your points are completely wrong and copied from some cheap indian political Books…Kashmiri Killer..!!!Recommend

  • Critical Thinker..!!!

    Yes like always Pakistan is wrong. US congressman openly admittign tht Taliban was their fault but NO ..we still will blame Pakistan..Recommend

  • Naila

    I wouldnt have a clue, lol. Its a badly sourced hadith, thats all.Recommend

  • sharabi

    If people with such Ideology & intellectualism have served the army then Pakistan have no future at all.Recommend

  • khan

    according toRecommend

  • Hamza

    Lol Pakistani soldiers know the terrain much better? Have you even seen the terrain over there in FATA? The terrain is the most difficult challenge to the Army in this operation. I’ve fought in FATA myself for four years including South Waziristan. The terrain is COMPLETELY different from other regions of Pakistan. Most of the soldiers are from Punjab. Even those soldiers who are Pashtun are mostly from areas outside FATA.
    We soldiers are not super-humans. We’re normal humans just like you people. We can also be afraid of things. We can also find things challenging and difficult so stop thinking that you just say “Pakistani Army can do this” and at the flick of a wand we accomplish itRecommend

  • khan

    who made Taliban ? Pakistan or USA, have you seen Rambo III – Afghanistan. people see what they want to see, you liked Rambo III but dont like TalibanRecommend

  • Disgruntled

    That’s a bit rich! Considering Pakistan considers this as their biggest export! Not doing much to ease the economics though, is it?Recommend

  • Disgruntled

    That’s a bit rich! Considering Pakistan considers this as their biggest export! Not doing much to ease the economics though, is it?Recommend

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

    US paid for their misdeed in Afghanistan. Its time for Pakistan to do the same.

    I never disputed America did not support the Mujahideen in Afghanistan. But, Pakistan took the tactics and applied it to Kashmir.

    Fortunately, US can run away from Afghanistan and Pakistan. You can’t.Recommend

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

    Is Boko Haram US trained and funded?

    Is Al Shahbab US trained and funded?

    Is LeT US trained and funded?

    Is HuJI US trained and funded?

    You pick up some small part of History to blame US for all the Radicalisation problems of the Muslim world. But, unfortunately, others read newspapers..Recommend

  • non muslim

    I don’t know what is the relationship between Rambo and my comment.

    I don’t base my understanding on some commercial hollywood potboiler.

    You are wrong when you say USA made TAliban. USA only funded and Pakistan did all the ground work.

    Your own countrymen have accused Hameed Gul, the architect of Afghan war, of creating ‘kiraye ka katil’.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

  • 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

  • Adpran

    Afghan fighters that you see in Rambo III were not Taliban, but the Mujahideen that later became Northern Alliance, enemy of the Taliban.Recommend

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

    Afghanistan under the militants was more peaceful, than Pakistan under the Military.

    Seen in that way, there is an argument that TTP are on the Right. Just for arguments sake..Recommend

  • tungi

    so india just needs to act right , for if this wall of steel falls so does india!it has reached china it can certainly reach delhi tooRecommend

  • Queen

    Mr Hamza, Has anywhere in my comment i have mentioned that we want the Army to accomplish everything at ‘the flick of a wand’? Considering the fact that you are a soldier, you must be aware of Pakistan Northern Light Infantry Brigade and the Pakistan Frontier Corps.The terrain is difficult I agree but a Pakistani civilian or a soldier will understand his country’s culture, areas, and surroundings, in a much better way than foreign troops. And yes my good wishes for you as you have fought for our country and that too in FATA.Recommend

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

    In the movie Rambo lands in Pakistan first, then moves to Peshawar, then to Afghanistan.

    America bred snakes on Foreign Soil. But, Pakistan decided to breed snakes in its own backyard.

    Who is the fool here, tell me?Recommend

  • tungi

    i think the counter insurgency has been in place for quite sometime now! the militants have shown no resolve neither capabilty of capturing any territory apart for NW which was never under govt control anyways!the army was able to clear swat and maintain it for quite sme years now! so we are pretty capable and powerful for such a task! the end point of yours is true yes!we have just started to change that narrative in 2012!!!till 2012 we were like ya we can control these lil groups easily and india is a mortal threat but that seems to have changedRecommend

  • tungi

    no army is super human!!! how can a soldier think otherwiseRecommend

  • siesmann

    Then surely Pakistan deserves another Zia.Congratulations !!!Recommend

  • Naveed

    Who killed Lady Diana !! She was killed because she was going to marry a Muslim. You should not underestimate the power of MI5 and Mossad and CIA. They are ruthless in pursing their objectives of keeping Islam down.Recommend

  • Naila

    Like I said before, killers can never be thought of as peaceful. Recommend

  • siesmann

    And you think Pakistan had had no interest against soviets.It would have been next on their list.Unfortunately it decided to keep the militant structure in place afterwards.So all the fall-back.Simply blaming US,India,and Saudi Arabia won’t do.Recommend

  • MK

    We know how much critical thinking is taught in pakistani schools.Recommend

  • siesmann

    Pakistan have no choice ,but to succeed.Recommend

  • antanu

    absolutely foolish blog…With full of IFFs & BUTS…It is obvious that people living outside pakistan just wish that the operation fails…its a sad truth…but then talebans are not the only terrorists…Recommend

  • Silent Soldier

    For your point 1 you may be right about training if it was 2005/6 but every soldier is properly trained now. For your point 2 then tell me why India used air power in same situation at kargil when Pakistan didn’t used it? For your point 3 Pakistan is neighbor of an expansionist country. Who occupied Kashmir goa state of Hyderabad junagarh manvadar Sikkim arunachal paradesh siachin east Pakistan by use of force and deception. If you have such a neighbor then you need to be aware of it. Yes Pakistan might have started wars on Kashmir but if a country doesn’t implement un resolutions then military action is justified and happens all the time.Recommend

  • Critical Thinker..!!!

    Ach …you people are so funny just always through any reason find Pakistan on the other hand Indians have killed Kashmiri for the last 60 year where there was no sign of Taliban and some how are able to justitfy it…BARBARICS…!!!Recommend

  • Silent Soldier

    India don’t breed snakes just rats found in blogsRecommend

  • Silent Soldier

    India don’t breed snakes just rats found in blogsRecommend

  • Critical thinking!!!

    thts ur answer as you have no answer ..u cannot defend ur PM acutally he cant defend himself..u have no agruments against Kashmir Killings…and you have no arguments tht Taliban were US proxy against USSR…so now just bame Pk schools…insane….!!!!Recommend

  • unbelievable

    Typical anti American blather – maybe popular in Pakistan but it seldom has any facts to back it up. In this case it also ignores the obvious — American’s have killed more TTP leaders/leadership than Pakistan. Looking for the bad guy here — grab a mirror.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

  • Critical thinker…!!!

    TTP leaders killed by USA..wht a joke..Please watch RT and you will see wht USA has done ..!!!Recommend

  • Critical thinker…!!!

    Again a thousand times..Read Charlie Wilson books and than talk …you have no idea wht rubbish ur writting…!!!!Recommend

  • Feroz

    These are all relevant issues that have been raised but let us hope that the follies of the past have been acknowledged and all paths of escape for terrorists stands blocked.Recommend

  • From pak

    Ask your Modi to stop funding of these!! even if no funding is done directly by indian agencies…indian agencies make sure that TTP never stay short of weapons.Recommend

  • unbelievable

    “3. Will this operation target militants across the board or only the Pakistani Taliban and its allies?”
    .
    Good question. Anyone notice that no govt/military comment has specifically referred to the Haqqani —- not a good sign that Pakistan has finally abandoned it’s support of “good terrorist”.Recommend

  • Mohammad Ali

    An army official claimed to assure peace in 40% of North Waziristan Area. Daily dozens of these militants are fired to death moreover their lethal producing factory is razed too. Can’t you see the progress still?Recommend

  • Critical Thinker…!!!

    So you are acutally saying tht Pakistan has to pay the price for wrong doings of India and America…and still we are to blame…!!!!! I wonder why they say common sense is not soooo common atleast not in India…!!!Recommend

  • bigsaf

    Wow…the unfounded and ridiculous claim of foreign intelligence agencies power as being behind today’s global phenomenon of religious-political radicalization, where so many are popping up from our local and global Muslim populations, is being referenced to Lady Di’s death….the thinking of such beliefs is unbelievable….Recommend

  • non muslim

    I am sorry. I find it hard to understand what you are talking about.

    Islam down? Islam is a religion. You can’t keep a religion up or down.

    Why was Diana killed, I don’t know. Besides, killing Diana couldn’t have been a herculean task.

    But if you are linking her murder with CIA and Mossad, you better show some believable proof. or else it sounds like a conspiracy theory.Recommend

  • https://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=8559594100366660134#allposts Supriya Arcot

    What other option do these ‘militants’ have BTW . Caught in a quagmire , with no education, no jobs , no way out , no awareness , no one to help them get out of this situation ,.. If they are caught , then their situation becomes worse than when they were within ‘the group’. if they join these ‘militant’ groups, then at least daily food is assured .Recommend

  • bigsaf

    What part of Russia Today coverage and report are you referring to?

    Please explain who took out Hakimullah Mehsud, the one JI’s Munawar Hasan considered ‘shaheed’, and the Haqqanis sitting in the middle of Hangu, for whom PTI’s IK took out an FIR against the US but never once against the terrorists who have been terrorizing Hangu for years?Recommend

  • siesmann

    And Pakistan chose to keep America’s fault as assets.And it is as if Pakistan didn’t have any interest in ejecting Soviets from Afghanistan.Their-Soviet’s- goal was to get to Persian Gulf/Indian Ocean.Pakistan was the natural next target.Recommend

  • Indus

    Pakistan is epicenter of terrorism, all world leaders confirm that including china. India will do what ever it needs to protect itself from pakistan state sponsored terror. If it needs million more soldiers on border it, we will, all hindus, muslims, sikhs, Christians will stand shoulder to shoulder to protect their motherland.Recommend

  • nomi

    Yes some groups of TTP are being supported by foreign powers, why?

    Pakistan supports Afghan Taliban and some powers support some groups in Pakistan.

    This is what happens in war.Recommend

  • sterry

    1948 can hardly be termed a loss since northern areas and Azad Kashmir were liberated; Rann of Kutch was win for Pakistan and 1965 was draw – 1971 was unfair war in which Pak was fighting a civil war and India took advantage of situation- loss. Does making up nonsense about four losses assuage your sense of insecurity or shame over 1000 years of rule over South Asia by invaders? Indira Gandhi says so too about 1971. Pakistan can defeat Indian backed militants hiding from bases in Afghanistan too.Recommend

  • incredible

    buhhahhaha….indea n helping hand… :D d funniest joke ever in my life… :DRecommend

  • Mohammad Shuaib Hussain

    This operation will break the backbone of the militants.
    1. The government is carrying out attacks against militants in cities as well.
    2. It is targetting the Taliban that is targetting Pakistan.
    3. If Pakistan stations 10,000 to 20,000 troops on AfPak border noone will be able to enter Pakistan which rid the menace of terrorism.Recommend

  • Mohammad Shuaib Hussain

    India attacked Pakistan when it took over the peaks of Siachen. Also Pakistan still has it’s troops on the grounds of Siachen.Recommend

  • Rex Minor

    It is very easy to determine the outomeo called operations; you have on one side the army who is trained to show white flag and the Resistance on the other side, who are known for surrender?

    Rex MinorRecommend

  • sockpuppet

    I had no idea Indians were so interested in Pakistani newspapers.
    I must commend you all for being such amazing trolls.Recommend

  • Alann

    That is partially right but not exactly true. For most, ‘Jihad’ has a religious angle to it, which has sadly taken an extremist turn. Many jihadists are well-educated. Some even hold proper university degrees. Look at Yasin Bhatkal and other self-declared ‘righteous Muslims’ who run a terrorist organisation in India. No one forced or discriminated against Yasin Bhatkal in his youth that he had to take such an extremist step; he did it on his own after he returned from a trip to Dubai.
    Another, and a better example would be Osama Bin Laden. When he was in his youth, he used to go on vacation to a large number of countries with his big, happy-looking family. His father was a very rich person.
    Lack of education or being born in a poor family is not the only reasons why these youth join such militant organisations.
    All other religions evolved over the period of time, only one is still stuck in the 7th century, because it is claimed to be “the most and only perfect religion” by its followers. And therein lies many answers of why some followers of this religion take such an extremist route, all in the name of religion.Recommend

  • a

    do u know who created this school of thought where ALL of these come from in Ottoman Arabia and trained their leader ibn Abdel Wahab to destabilize the Ottoman Empire? Please read history and get your facts straightRecommend

  • Alann

    Looking at whats happening in Iran, Iraq and Syria right now, by these Islamic militants, I don’t know how successful Pakistan is going to be at curbing them. But then Pakistan has a much larger army than those countries.
    I hope Pakistan Army is able to clear out majority of these terrorists. But to do that, it needs to have the will to kill all of the militants, without discriminating between them as Good or Bad. Only then can Pakistan have a bright future (and its neighbours can have a sigh of relief, atleast temporarily).Recommend

  • IHateDisqus

    Charlie Wilson was encouraged and abetted by your establishment, don’t forget that!Recommend

  • raj

    the point is.. if God is with both, who will win :PRecommend

  • Sid

    Man you guys can use any news to fabricate a conspiracy against Islam. What give you guys such chronic paranoia.Recommend

  • Sid

    You are comparing individual’s act versus act of an organization. Your brain has truly reachd the critical limit.Recommend

  • Muhammad Fawad Baig

    Here are the answers :

    1) Drones are not killing TTP militants .. it is killing innocent people so that the remaining family can fight against Pakistan.. More drones means more enemies for Pakistan.

    2) No political party supports TTP except for those who have been given the target to destroy Pakistan from USA , Israel and India. Rest the parties who want peace talks were on the agenda.. Talk, Differentiate and Isolate.

    3) The same people who wants to destroy Pakistan didn’t make the negotiation process successful as it will ruin their 13 years effort.Recommend

  • Sane

    Take care of your problem, specially Kashmir. Where your 800,000 soldiers ‘trained’ and well equipped is the best example of military failure since years. Pakistan knows the job to handle and wipe out foreign terrorists.Recommend

  • Sane

    Check the source of news in newspapers.Recommend

  • Sane

    Very correct you say. Pakistan not only saving India but the world and has become front line against global and neighboring countries terrorists.Recommend

  • J.P.Sharma

    India has immense capability to tackle such hounds. But you appear to have serious doubts about the caliber of your Army. Right?Recommend

  • Pashtun

    Let me ask you something,why has India placed all its strike corps on the Pakistani border,didnt China “invade” you guys recently?Recommend