Pakistan and the Taliban

Map of Pakistan

Map of Pakistan (Photo credit: Omer Wazir)

Pakistan supports the Taliban in Afghanistan and tolerates the Taliban in Pakistan. This is true because Pakistan regards India as its principal adversary and wants a friendly or neutral Afghanistan at its back. Pakistan’s government is divided among several factions in the military and the intelligence service, with one faction acting in opposition, usually in secret, to another.

The people of Pakistan are overwhelming united in their opposition to the US operating drones within Pakistani airspace. Pakistan needs more helicopters to fight the Taliban within Pakistan and it needs the will to do so effectively. It would be useful to the Pakistanis if the US would renounce the use of drones within Pakistan. Transferring the operation of drones within Pakistan to the Pakistani government would defuse a source of tension between their government and ours. It would also allow the government of Pakistan to determine how to fight the Taliban in each situation as it arises.

The ultimate solution to the problem of the Taliban within Pakistan is peace between India and Pakistan. They have been at loggerheads since the partition of British India into two countries in 1947. Peace between them will not be easy to achieve, but it is necessary because both have nuclear weapons. Once peace is achieved, there will be a peace dividend. Pakistan will be able to better the life of its citizens and not be so dependent on foreign aid from the US or Saudi Arabia. It is Saudi Arabia that finances the madrassas in Pakistan that produce the Taliban.

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9 thoughts on “Pakistan and the Taliban

  1. I originally named “Mike’s Right!” (I’m also a Scribe with Red County, where I use my name.) When I agreed to write for ConClub, I noticed that most of the bloggers used interesting names, (some being more interesting than others), so I went with “The Region Rat,” given that I’m from the Calumet Region. As I began to attract more and more attention, I began to be referred to simply as “The Rat,” which grew on me. So much so, that I shortened the name at Conclub and changed the name of my blog. (Still love the dual-meaning of “Right,” by the way.)

    As for my persona, I tirelessly searched the internet for images before I settled on the cute little cuddly character who often makes a smart ass comment at the end of a post. (He’s so much like me.)

  2. Uh huh.

    Perhaps if you’d like me to continue visiting, you can give crypto-clearance relative to being able to post comments without waiting for moderation. :-D

  3. Walt, Walt, where to start?

    “Pakistan supports the Taliban in Afghanistan and tolerates the Taliban in Pakistan. This is true because Pakistan regards India as its principal adversary and wants a friendly or neutral Afghanistan at its back.”

    Pockystahn supports and tolerates the Tollybahn, al Qaeda and all other Islamic extremists for precisely the same reason as do the Saudis: They play an ominous game of chicken in hopes of appeasing the extremists just enough to avoid the fate that befell the Shah of Iran. It’s also precisely why they play “two sides against the middle” with the U.S.

    “Pakistan needs more helicopters to fight the Taliban within Pakistan and it needs the will to do so effectively.”

    While the Pakistani government has sent mixed signals through the years, it lacks not only the will, but the political capital to “do so effectively.” Damn, Walt – Osama living right down the road from a military installation? C’mon.

    The sole problem the Pakistani government has with Drone strikes is public consumption. Think about it; it behooves the tottering government for the U.S. to kill as many extremists as is possible.

    Finally, a peace treaty between Pakistan and India will have zero effect on the radical Muslim problem. Until the radicals are either all killed – or tire of their desire to turn every country in the Middle East into an extremist Islamic state, nothing will change.

    • It is true that I simplified the problems in Pakistan because I wanted a short post that people would read and because I am just beginning my study of the country. I do think that I am on the right track, and I plan to fill in the blanks as I go along. I have a library of 8 more books to read on the subject. Thanks for dropping by and posting your thoughts. I will keep them in mind. :}

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