Monday, May 10, 2010

How Threatening is America's Threat to Pakistan

"We've made it very clear that if -- heaven-forbid -- an attack like this that we can trace back to Pakistan were to have been successful, there would be very severe consequences."---Hillary Clinton on CBS's "60 Minutes", Sunday, 9th May, 2010.

We have frequently heard statements like these coming out of the US. How 'severe' these 'consequences' could be is for anybody to guess.

Pakistan today finds itself in a mess whose roots can be traced to the regime of General Zia. The seeds of sectarian divide that Zia sowed gave an upper hand to the muslim extremists in the land. With big money and bigger players these extremists found shelters in organisations fighting for the cause of Islam in the country and beyond. How else can one justify the ease and the scale of recent attacks in the country!

Illiteracy and poverty in the tribal areas didn't help much either. The concept of Muslim brotherhood and the rewards of the hereafter was enough to pursuade many Muslims from these areas to join the radical path. The result was quite eminent. Over a period of time such organisations multiplied.

Although the country did ban 25 such organisations in 2009, many still function under new names. Find out how they manage it and you know what ills Pakistan.

With due apologies to the people of Pakistan, the web of ISI runs deep under the garb of democracy in the country. Unless Pakistan separates the two and checks the influence of the intelligence unit amongst the extremist organisations, no warning from US would serves its purpose.

And so it goes for the US to understand!

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