Islamabad: An editorial in a Pakistani daily has said that unless the Army - which directly controls Pakistan`s foreign policy- cuts off all support to the proponents of the Kashmir ‘jihad’ who feed into the killing machine of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), and acts against these rogues, incidents like the attack on 14-year-old Malala Yousufzai would continue to terrorise the masses.
The Pakistan Army is hardly ready to end the country`s isolation in the region and at the global level, the editorial in The Express Tribune said. After the Malala incident, the army says any attack into the stronghold of the terrorists in North Waziristan will depend on the government in power.
It has been reported that the army is well deployed in North Waziristan and ready with effective intelligence and proper firepower to attack the agency. But are politicians ready? - the editorial said. The MQM is the only party with presence in both parliament and the Sindh Assembly that has a clear stance on the question of confronting terrorism by taking on its indisputable exponent, the (TTP).
This is remarkable because the three ``liberal`` parties - the PPP, the MQM and the ANP - are directly in the crosshairs of the terrorists and will be hard put to conduct their electoral campaigns in the coming days in preparation for the 2013 general elections, the editorial further said.
Malala has caused bifurcation of the Pakistani mind: now, there is a possibility of fighting two enemies instead of just America, both beyond the capacity of the Pakistan Army to defeat. There is resistance, therefore, to moving to a binary of national challenge from the comfort of the consensus of hating America with the not-so-hidden process of appeasement of the TTP-al Qaeda.
The editorial concluded by saying that the spontaneous anti-TTP demonstration of opinion has benefited the Army Chief Ashraf Pervez Kayani most of all after his ‘unusual’ August 14 declaration that the war against extremism and terrorism was Pakistan`s war. That, however, does not mean that he will now attack North Waziristan, it added.