August 17, 2004
THE OFFENSIVE AGAINST AL-QAIDA
** Pakistani dailies
support "genuine dialogue" with al-Qaida's tribal hosts.
** Writers say Pakistan
must revise policies that "blindly" follow U.S. directives.
** Papers see inconsistency
in U.S. statements about Islamabad's anti-terrorist record.
'Wisdom rather than emotion'--
Pakistani dailies criticized the campaign against al-Qaida operatives in
Balochistan and Waziristan, and endorsed "pinpointed" rather than
Center-left Dawn stressed the importance of "rooting
out" foreign militants while at the same time winning "wholehearted
support" of the tribal area populace.
The centrist News warned against government military and
political offensives and instead encouraged "genuine dialogue" with
al-Qaida's tribal hosts over a "force-induced response" that would
further undermine the politico-security situation. Lahore's Daily Times agreed with the
need to "negotiate new terms" with local tribes, categorizing the
idea that changing foreign policy could "get al-Qaida to stop targeting
us" as "living in a fool's paradise."
'Environment of fear'-- The Daily
Times chastised General Musharraf for having "prostrated himself to the
United States" and intoned that "our war against al-Qaida"
should remain separate from "kowtowing to the Americans." The center-right Nation defined
Pakistan's tragedy as "being made to pay for the sins of others" with
a thinly veiled reference to the superpower that "dragged us into this
unholy mess." Karachi-based
center-left Dawn balked at the foreign media's "concocted
stories" that Pakistan has "no interest" in fighting terrorism,
adding that Pakistan must "root out the monster of terrorism" in its
"own interest." Only widely
circulated Nawa-i-Waqt empathized with mujahideen fugitives declaring,
"no doubt...these so-called terrorists are our Muslim brothers" and
hailing them as "better Muslims than us."
'Pot calling the kettle black'--
Populist Khabrain expressed frustration at what it saw as mixed
messages to Pakistan from the U.S. regarding its role in the war on
terror. President Bush on the one hand
praised Musharraf because "Americans are safer now due to Pakistan's role
in the war on terror," while Deputy Secretary of State Armitage declared
in India that Pakistan is "not being sufficiently muscular" vis-à-vis
the Taliban. Noting Washington's
"failure to subdue the warlords and militant factions and provide
security" in Afghanistan, the liberal Daily Times said Armitage's
assertion is "a case of the pot calling the kettle black." Pakistani News noted with frustration
that Armitage would only be satisfied if "Pakistan somehow or other could
present Usama bin Laden on a silver platter" to Washington. Finally, independent daily Din
exhorted that "Pakistan must not succumb to U.S. pressure," while
pro-jihad papers decried the Pakistani government for "bearing all this
insult in exchange [for] a few dollars."
EDITOR: Saxon Housman
EDITOR'S NOTE: Media Reaction reporting conveys the spectrum of
foreign press sentiment. Posts select
commentary to provide a representative picture of local editorial opinion. Some commentary is taken directly from the
Internet. This report summarizes and
interprets foreign editorial opinion and does not necessarily reflect the views
of the U.S. government. This analysis
was based on 32 reports from 3 countries ranging from July 04 - August 12,
2004. Editorial excerpts are listed from
the most recent date.
PAKISTAN: "Bracing For An Al-Qaida Backlash"
An editorial in the Lahore-based liberal English Daily Times
noted (8/12): "General Sultan's
view was that the trend of al-Qaida linking up with Pakistan's own 'Islamic'
militants was expected to grow strong in the coming days, the implication and
meaning being that it would use the local jihadis and lashkars to carry out its
attacks.... Critics of the
anti-terrorist policy excoriate President Musharraf for having prostrated
himself to the United States. They think
that terrorism would go from Pakistan if the country's foreign policy was
changed.... Our war against al-Qaida
should really have nothing to do with kowtowing to the Americans. We have to
clean up our internal scene before we can have the sort of economic activity we
need to survive. There can be no
compromise with those who resort to killing innocent people. Those who say that we should change this or
that part of our foreign policy to get al-Qaida to stop targeting us are living
in a fool's paradise."
"Crackdown Against Al-Qaida"
English-language pro-military Islamabad
Pakistan Observer noted (8/09):
"It's a known fact that al-Qaida militants had crossed over to
Pakistan to escape the US military attacks on Afghanistan. And as a consequence, Pakistan has suffered
a great deal. It has not only been made
to endure bloody acts of terrorism such as suicide attacks on mosques...and
elimination of political and religious personalities, but its leadership has
also been targeted. Pakistan's Armed Forces have, however, launched military
operations to flush out the al-Qaida militants from the Tribal areas. The recent arrests...have exposed the
organizational strength of the network, which will certainly help the
anti-terror agencies to hound the remaining culprits.... A cursory look at the al-Qaida situation in
Pakistan reveals a grim scenario of potential threat of instability to the
nation. It certainly calls for handling
of the situation with wisdom rather than swaying in emotions."
"Challenge Of Terrorism"
An editorial in the Karachi-based center-left daily Dawn
quoted (8/09): "For the umpteenth
time, Islamabad has denied that al-Qaida training camps have been revived in
Pakistan. This view is also shared by
the Bush administration, which on Wednesday declared categorically that
Pakistan was fully cooperating with the U.S. in the fight against
terrorism. These denials are necessary
because sections of the foreign media regularly 'discover' terrorist dens in
Pakistan. The basic assumption behind such concocted stories is absurd - that
Pakistan has no interest in fighting terrorism.... Pakistan has also been threatened by al-Qaida
that it would pay for its perceived pro-U.S. policy. While one may differ in detail with Islamabad
on its handling of specific operations - like those in Wana - it goes without saying
that Pakistan has to root out the monster of terrorism in its own
"9/11 Commitment Is Not More Important Than
An editorial in Rawalpindi Nawa-i-Waqt
stated (8/06): "The war-like
situation in South Waziristan for a long time has been a matter of grave concern
for every patriotic citizen of Pakistan....
A dangerous war front has been initiated against these mujahideen. There is no doubt in the fact that these
so-called terrorists are our Muslim brothers regardless of being Arabs,
Africans, or holding any other nationality.
They are better Muslims than us.
The people of Pakistan want their government to deal with them in a
peaceful way. The tribal elders who have
provided them shelter should be asked to negotiate with them, and it is
expected that they can convince these mujahideen to peacefully return to their
countries.... The demands from the
United States and its allies continue to increase. Our independence, sovereignty, and identity
as the sole Muslim nuclear power are in danger.... The situation in Pakistan is extremely
precarious. An environment of fear
prevails.... The situation would have
been much different if we had dealt with the issues according to the requirements
of our security and sovereignty instead of following the US wishes blindly. The government should now have a look at its
people and forget about the promises it has made with the United States. Whatever we could do for the United States
has been done, and it is sufficient.
This is high time for us to focus on our domestic affairs in order to
make them straight.
"Careful In Balochistan!"
An editorial in the Lahore-based liberal Daily Times quoted
(8/05): "There is need to tread
very carefully in Balochistan while attempting to protect the national interest
there. Action against violent offenders
against the law should be pinpointed rather than widespread. Agreements must be reached wherever possible
and any show of force should be linked to negotiations.... Efforts should also be made to negotiate new
terms with the local tribes."
"Baluchistan: Stop The Political Slide"
An op-ed by Nasim Zehra in the centrist national English daily The
News asserted (8/05): "Indeed
what the government must not do is go on the military and political offensive
to neutralize the brewing crisis.
Threats, warnings, ultimatums and maximalist positions will only worsen
the situation. It could push either side 'against the wall' decreasing
possibility of an amicable settlement of genuine grievances. We could then be headed towards greater
difficulties, dovetailing into other unresolved challenges of politics,
security and democracy. The center and
the Muslim League must start a genuine dialogue with the political leaders of
Balochistan, replacing its dominantly force-induced response to the
deteriorating politico-security situation in Balochistan."
"Gnawing Fear Of Terrorism"
An editorial in the center-right national English daily The
Nation stated (8/05): "The
tragedy is that the people of Pakistan are being made to pay for the sins of
others, the superpower that has dragged us into this unholy mess. First, we took the bait in Afghanistan that
in time made us a haven for gunrunners and drug peddlers, and now we have taken
up its cause against al-Qaida. Actual
terrorists, local or foreign, deserve no mercy.
Doubtful cases must be properly investigated, and not punished at foreign
bidding. Every effort must be made to
pave the way for harmony in society to prevail again."
"Balochistan CM Attacked?"
Center-right national English daily The Nation opined
(8/04): "Coming close on the heels
of an assassination attempt on Mr. Shaukat Aziz, which claimed eight lives
while more than 50 persons were injured, the attack on Balochistan CM Jam
Yousaf on Monday points to the government's failure to come to grips with
growing terrorism.... While the entire
country is in the grip of growing lawlessness, Balochistan has been bleeding
for some time; and it is now difficult to keep the count of the terrorist acts
occurring there in the recent past....
Every time a life is lost, both the federal and provincial governments
pass the buck on to 'foreign hands' as if they are to protect the citizens from
domestic miscreants alone. The Interior
Minister transferred the IG Balochistan only after the killing of foreigners,
but that has not improved matters. It is
time the government allayed prevalent sense of alienation in Balochistan, lest
it develop into a Darfur and become the focus of unwelcome world
Islamabad's conservative English-language The
Nation opined (8/04):
"Islamabad's out-of-way support to the US has created a perception
that it is acting as a US proxy....
While terrorism has to be contained, this has to be done giving priority
to our own, rather than anothers priorities.
The government has got the army involved in operations in Waziristan and
Balochistan where it finds itself fighting its own citizens. The armed forces need to be extracted from
both places and matters resolved politically.
To ensure that unfortunate and dastardly incidents like the attack on
Senator Aziz do not recur and the lives of the common people are secure, the
government must revise its present policy of blindly carrying out US
directives. However, the security
apparatus must also concentrate on its real job of collecting intelligence
pre-empting the threat to top state functionaries, rather than meddling in
"Saudi-Pak Cooperation Against Terrorism And The Problem Of
An editorial in the Lahore-based liberal English Daily Times
opined (7/27): "States like
Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, if they are really serious about cleaning the silt
they have gathered over the years through their ill-thought policies, need to
take substantial steps, not merely mouth platitudes, to stem the tide. This advice we have been giving Islamabad for
a long time.... To eradicate terrorism,
first do away with the contradiction that has informed the system. Nothing less will do."
"Gujrat And Wana Operations: Government Should Reevaluate
The second-largest Urdu daily Nawa-e-Waqt claimed
(7/27): "The siege of Wazir tribe
is continuing for the last 55 days, which has destroyed the economy of
Waziristan Agency.... This sole
beneficiary of all this is the United States, which is bent upon destroying the
Muslim resistance movements and committed Muslims.... It would be appropriate that Pakistan just
sticks to its post 9/11 mistake of cooperating with America and reconsider its
policy of pushing the country towards civil war and anarchy."
An editorial in the Karachi-based center-left independent daily Dawn
asserted (7/22): "The level of
fighting in the Wana area shows no signs of declining.... The bright feature of the situation is that
some tribesmen are helping the government in the fight against militants, but
often their support has been lackadaisical....
It will help normalize the situation in South Waziristan if the
government tried to win over the tribesmen's wholehearted support. The people of the area have suffered a great
deal because of the disruption in their daily life. The focus of the operations should be their
welfare.... It is, in the local people's
own interest to cooperate with the government in rooting out foreign militants,
who are using senseless violence in the name of religion."
"The Right Reaction"
An editorial in the center-right national English daily The
Nation opined (7/18): "It is a
pity, though, that while Islamabad is becoming more active in protecting the
rights of its nationals abroad, it seems to be relinquishing its charge of
Pakistanis in the country itself when they come under suspicion of terrorism,
especially by Washington's intelligence agencies. Handing them over to FBI or any other such
outfit even for interrogation purposes does not befit a sovereign
The centrist national English daily The News asserted
(7/17): "United States Deputy
Secretary of State Richard Armitage's assurance that Pakistan will receive
advanced weapon systems if it makes a request for them, will be warmly
welcomed.... Pakistan was declared a
major non-NATO ally (MNNA). By all consideration, it is Pakistan's right that
it should receive such assistance and US must prove it is Pakistan's ally not
only by words but also by deeds. It may be mentioned that Israel is also a MNNA
and is getting advanced weapon systems.... "
"Armitage On Election Trail "
Mir Jamilur Rahman in the centrist national English daily The
News opined (7/17): "[Richard
Armitage] would only be satisfied when Pakistan somehow or other could present
Usama bin Laden on a silver platter to the American administration.... Mr. Armitage said...that Pakistan has not yet
dismantled 'all' the terrorist camps and the infiltration into Occupied Kashmir
continues though at a lower level.... It
is called arm-twisting and pressurizing.
Without mentioning what the U.S. really wants to achieve by these
accusatory statements, Mr. Armitage is indirectly pressuring Pakistan to raise
its level of operation in Waziristan and consider the possibilities of
deploying its troops in Iraq."
"Mr. Armitage Should Appreciate The Complexities Of The
An editorial in the liberal English Daily Times quoted
(7/16): "[Armitage] should avoid
visiting an issue that has the potential of upsetting the delicate negotiating
balance that has been created.... The
other area where Mr. Armitage may need to review his position relates to
Afghanistan. He appreciated Pakistan's
'muscular approach' on al-Qaida and agreed that the issue of the Taliban was
more complicated because of historical ties.
Nonetheless, he wants Pakistan to be more muscular in relation to the
Taliban also.... Despite full support of the entire international community and
a massive budget, the U.S. and the NATO-led ISAF have failed to subdue the
warlords and militant factions and provide security in that country and have
had to postpone the parliamentary elections twice since they were first
scheduled for June this year. To that
extent, Mr. Armitage's assertion about Pakistan not being sufficiently muscular
on the Taliban is a case of the pot calling the kettle black.... That Pakistan is dead serious in cleansing
these areas should be clear from the casualties its troops have suffered in an
area where conducting such operations is far from easy."
"Old Habits Die Hard"
An editorial in the center-right national English daily The
Nation opined (7/16): "Perhaps
[Armitage] urging Pakistan to put a complete stop to infiltration is not
justified, especially when he publicly admits that 'all of the cross border
movement' and its 'control' cannot be ascribed to the Government of
Pakistan.... Even though Pakistan has
laid itself open to U.S. dictates, Mr. Bush and his top aides seem disinclined
to differentiate between Taliban and al-Qaida and are repeatedly demanding of
Islamabad to be a little more 'muscular' in dealing with the two
entities.... Now that Mr. Armitage is
here our Foreign Office wizards should make him answer these questions rather
than obediently listen to a new 'charter of demands' and obsequiously promise
"Pakistan's Role In Fight Against Terror"
An editorial in the centrist national English daily The News
stated (7/16): "It should be a
matter of great satisfaction to know the way Pakistan's role in the fight
against terrorism is being appreciated by the world community. Only recently
President Bush acknowledged the fact that now Pakistan and Afghanistan are no
longer the sanctuaries for terrorists and as a result of this cooperation, the
American people are safer.... President
Musharraf has proved before the international community that Pakistan is
neither the patron nor the collaborator of the terrorists; neither it wants to
give them refuge.... To help keep
Pakistan away from such a consequence the role of Musharraf government has
helped in preserving our independence, sovereignty, security, and our very
existence as a nation.... However,
propaganda and accusations against Pakistan in a section of the Western media
is a matter that calls for serious attention...."
"Pressure To Send Troops To Iraq"
An editorial in the Karachi-based, right-wing, pro-Islamic unity
Urdu daily Jasarat assessed (7/16):
"In order to put pressure on Pakistan Richard Armitage has said in
New Delhi that cross-border infiltration has not stopped in the Indian-held
Kashmir. Although President Bush has
already said that Pakistan and Afghanistan are no longer sanctuaries of
terrorists, this latest outburst from Armitage suggest that it is aimed at
forcing Pakistan to send its troops to Iraq."
"Unveiling of American Plan"
The sensationalist Urdu daily Ummat noted (7/16): "Whatever Deputy Secretary of State
Richard Armitage might say in Pakistan, like all other American Officials, he
expressed his real message in India, which got through to everyone. The double standards exercised by America are
exposed at every step. Whenever it has
to show closeness to Israel or India, it sheds all diplomacy and openly
expresses her hatred towards the Muslims.
In India he explicitly accused Pakistan of not stopping the cross border
infiltration, and asked Pakistan to carry out full operation in Wana against
"America's Threatening Demands And Accusations On
An editorial in the Karachi-based, pro-Taliban/Jihad Urdu daily Islam
stated (7/16): "Before coming to
Pakistan, the Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage in a press conference
in India accused Pakistan of cross-border infiltration, and demanded closing of
the so-called training camps. Armitage threatened Pakistan that such a
situation is not acceptable to America, and Pakistan should launch a full
attack on the Taliban. The tone and
demanding attitude of the deputy secretary makes it very obvious that America
is pressurizing Pakistan and paving way to force Pakistan into sending troops
to Iraq. This only goes to prove the low
status of Pakistan in the eyes of America, and an obvious message to Pakistani
government who is bearing all this insult in exchange of a few dollars."
"Armitage's Unfriendly, Undiplomatic Views"
An editorial in the second largest Urdu daily Nawa-i-Waqt
(7/16) opined: "As far as the
Taliban and the issue of sending troops to Iraq is concerned, Pakistan should
not show any weakness (and succumb to U.S. demand). Dealing with the Taliban is
Hamid Karzai's headache or that of the Allied troops'; Pakistan should only be
concerned about its own security and stability.
The Taliban are neither Pakistan's enemies, nor has Pakistan given
refuge to them. If on the one hand the
Afghan government is engaging the Taliban in talks, Mullah Umar is being
contacted on phone, and behind-the-scenes deals are being worked out, there is
no need for Pakistan to jump into this fire....
Friendship with the U.S. is already costing us dearly, there is no need
to add to our burdens."
"Remarks By The U.S. Deputy Secretary Of State And The
An editorial in the populist Urdu daily Khabrain opined
(7/16): "Only a few days ago,
President Bush had said that the Americans are safer now due to Pakistan's role
in the war on terror, yet the U.S. Deputy Secretary is now accusing Pakistan of
aiding militants. This shows a
contradiction in U.S. views, and the administration must strive to remove this
contradiction.... The U.S.
Administration must also realize that India's installation of a fence (to stop
infiltration) will not solve anything, the real solution lies in holding
"U.S. Deputy Secretary's Visit To South Asia"
An editorial in the independent Urdu daily Din stated
(7/16): "The U.S. stance on
Pakistan's role against terrorism, as demonstrated by Deputy Secretary
Armitage's statement, is that it wants Pakistan to hold identical views on the
militant activities on its eastern and western borders. (The U.S. desire is that) Pakistan should
view the struggle in Kashmir in the same manner that it views al-Qaida and
Taliban activities in Afghanistan. This
cannot be acceptable to Pakistan.... Mr.
Armitage's statement that Pakistan's operations against al-Qaida are
satisfactory but it needs to pay more attention to the Taliban - thereby
treating them as two separate entities - is also wrong. The operation Pakistan
is conducting in South Waziristan is against both al-Qaida and the Taliban
remnants. As far as the issue of sending
troops to Iraq is concerned, Pakistan must not succumb to U.S. pressure."
"Role Of Approver For U.S."
Right-wing pro-Islamic Jasarat in an
editorial quoted (7/04): "'General
Pervez Musharraf has continuously played the role of an approver for the United
States since 11 September 2001.
Referring to President Musharraf's slogan 'Pakistan First,' the paper
said that it is nothing but 'US First' and 'General Musharraf First.' The paper said that General Musharraf's
statement that Wana is al-Qaida's headquarters may invite trouble for the
country. He is also fanning domestic
instability through his measures. The
paper advised General Musharraf to learn a lesson from the fate of previous
"High-level Meeting On Law, Order At
An editorial in Taliban-mouthpiece Urdu daily Islam
noted (7/03): "Musharraf has said
that Wana is the headquarters of al-Qaida and terrorist elements. Foreign agents and their patrons will be
crushed with full force. The time of
verbal claims is over, and the matter relating to internal security will have
to be dealt with sternly.... The entire
nation is desirous of eliminating terrorism in order to ensure the country's
security. But, the Pakistani people
cannot endorse the actions aimed at safeguarding the interests of the foreign
countries on the pretext of fighting terrorism.... The president's admission that Wana is
al-Qaida's headquarters is extremely dangerous as far as the country's interest
INDIA: "Violence In
Balochistan: The Threats Within Pakistan"
Political analyst M.B. Naqvi in an editorial page column of
Bangalore-based left-of-center Deccan Herald opined (8/12): "Recent ambushes and bombings in
Balochistan have rekindled the memory of the violent popular movement in 1970s
... It will not be correct to link the incidence of violence in Balochistan
with the Islamic terrorist violence in the rest of the country; al-Qaida has
declared war on Pakistan's government leadership for religious reasons. Al-Qaida is out to get the top government
officials because the country is assisting American imperial interests and have
thus become apostates, liable to be killed.
The killers will be amply recompensed by God in the next world. Apart from Balochistan's sub nationalism, it
is necessary to clarify that religiously motivated violence has two faces: one
is the war al-Qaida is waging against Pakistani leadership, targeting top
officials of state. The second is violence against Shias, Hindus, Christians
and Ahmadis ... One regards the sectarian terrorists to be the other face of
al-Qaida ... Violence in Balochistan is a wholly different genre: part of the
war for regaining their national rights; and to make Pakistan a truly federal
state. But Islamic terror and Taliban
are technically a part of Balochistan....
Sub-nationalism and Islamic nationalism have jointly erupted for the
first time in Pakistan's history. The
expected response will be more in knee-jerk repression rather than a serious
attempt to go to the roots of the problem. The state, it seems, has learnt nothing
from its failures in the past 50 years."
"For Happiness Of Uncle Sam"
P.N. Khera in pro-BJP right-of-center Pioneer noted
(8/10): "Does Pakistan have to
respond to requests only from the U.S. so that there is an 'exchange' attached
to purse strings? Does Pakistan always
have to turn in those whom it once supported openly and now with a gloved hand,
as those now being handed over to the US were erstwhile Pakistan-supported
Taliban or al-Qaida activists fighting alongside the Afghan militia? Why can't it appreciate the efforts being
made by India to combat terrorism and help in closing the terror camps and
other staging areas being used to facilitate infiltration into J&K? Does Pakistan have a vision for stronger and
more stable South Asia? Why doesn't it
genuinely look into the matter and announce an injunction against all forms of
terror and prevent the use of its facilities to breed terror? Why can't Pakistan accede to the requests
pending extradition of terrorists named by India? Why doesn't its leaders just stop playing
games and, instead, foster hope and reconciliation? Can Pakistan be more realistic in resolving
the issues relating to terrorism along the borders? These are some of the few embarrassing
questions being naturally asked both inside and outside Pakistan."
Chennai-based leftist English daily News Today noted
(8/10): "It is sickening to note
that the world is being held captive by extremist elements who are sewing their
pernicious and murderous ends by violent
means in which they have specialized.
This specialization relating to the planning and acquisition of weapons
has in a large measure been aided by the West of which the U.S. is the standing
example of hegemonism. The aid arose
when the US fought for its goals first in Afghanistan and then in Iraq ...
Today, the US has been made to rue for the consequences of that policy ... The
US' designs of hegemonism made Pakistan the conduit of weapons ... The dragon
seed of armed violence sown by western, and particularly US hegemonism has
grown into a world menace empowering dissident elements and militants to stoke
the fire of secession in many parts of the world.... Indeed the US, priding itself as the world's
biggest democracy, is keen to extinguish it in countries which, unlike
Pakistan, refuse to toe its line or serve as its lackeys."
"Islamabad's 9/11 Bonanza"
Paran Balakrishnan's analysis in the centrist Business Standard
noted (7/31): "Critically, [the
9/11 report] said the battle against al-Qaida can't be fought without the
Pakistanis. "It is hard to
overstate the importance of Pakistan in the struggle against Islamist
terrorism," it states unambiguously.
It begins by describing Pakistan in less than flattering terms ... The
report then outlines America's past differences with Pakistan. Most
importantly, Islamabad backed the Taliban and was desperate to keep them in
power even after the Americans vowed to oust them. If that isn't bad enough, there's also
nuclear proliferation.... That all
sounds damming. But the report then
outlines how - in its view - Pakistan has thrown in its or with the US and
deserved loyalty... The report outlines
approvingly how - from the US point of view - Pakistan is an ally against
terror. The report's recommendations
will probably dash all India's hopes of US even handedness in the
region.... It shouldn't be a surprise
if, as we head to the negotiating table, we suddenly find Islamabad less
willing to compromise."
The pro-BJP right-of-center Pioneer stated (7/17): "It was good of the United States Deputy
Secretary of State, Armitage, to have owned up in Islamabad his observation in
New Delhi that some-not all-of the infrastructure in Pakistan for supporting
cross-border terrorism in India had been dismantled, and that the level of
infiltration of terrorists into India was 'still too high'.... The US, however, can hardly ignore two
questions. Is Pakistan doing enough to stamp out terrorism in the region? Is
Washington doing enough to make it do enough?.... Armitage has himself said that while Pakistan
was engaged in "full force" against the al-Qaida, it needed to be
"more muscular" toward the Taliban.... The present US policy of pampering Pakistan
is unlikely to prompt the latter to do it. Meanwhile, Washington would do well
to remember that the upswing in its ties with New Delhi cannot be sustained
indefinitely if the latter perceives it to be tilting unduly in Islamabad's
CANADA: "Anger Mounting As Musharraf Leads Pakistan To The
Brink Of Disaster"
Zafar Bangash, Director of Toronto Canada's
Institute of Contemporary Islamic Thought noted in Markham Muslimedia
(7/01): "Throughout its tortuous
history, Pakistan has staggered from one crisis to another; but general Pervez
Musharraf has brought it to the brink of unprecedented disaster.... The army attacked Waziristan not because the
tribesmen were any threat to Pakistan, but to support the US's brutal policy in
Afghanistan. Pakistani rulers have
historically ignored the wishes of the people, taking them in directions they
do not wish to go. In his total
subservience to the US, however, Musharraf has shown a brazen disregard of
public opinion that borders on the scandalous.
The US is hated not only by the Pakistanis but all over the world,
because of its record of hegemonic brutality, of which George Bush's policies
are only the latest and most blatant example.... Many junior and mid-level officers are
unhappy with Musharraf's subservience to the US, especially his u-turns on
Afghanistan and Kashmir, and the attack on Waziristan.... Pakistan's tragedy is that its ruling elites
are thoroughly corrupt and incompetent; cowardice is their basic characteristic
and subservience to alien masters their natural instinct. Leaders of so-called Islamic political
parties have proved little better. At a
time when the masses are ready to overthrow the corrupt order, there is no sign
of any leadership to enable them to do so.
Unless sincere leadership emerges from within its people, Pakistan will
continue to stagger from one crisis to the next.... The country's future may be even grimmer than
its present condition."