On air: Pakistanis on their country

At least 20 people have been killed at a Lahore police academy. On Friday a suicide bomber killed at least 50 people in the north-west of the country. Also on Friday, Barack Obama called the border region between Pakistan and Afghanistan the most dangerous place on earth.

Violence is increasing, the economy is suffering, the relationship between the government and the judiciary remains tense, and all the while 167 million people call it home and many feel great loyalty and fondness for their country.

Today, we’ll how Pakistanis discuss and explain the state of their nation, how the troubles are affecting their lives and what they want done to improve matters. If you’re in Pakistan, you’re very welcome to join us on air, if you’re not, your questions and comments are still welcome.

55 Responses to “On air: Pakistanis on their country”

  1. 1 Steve
    March 30, 2009 at 14:03

    It’s looking more and more like Pakistan is going to become a failed state like Afghanistan is. The difference is that Pakistan has nuclear weapons. All this killing in the name of religion shows a lack of intelligence.

  2. 2 Dan
    March 30, 2009 at 14:19

    I don’t think there is any doubt that Pakistani’s love their country but it seems obvious to the casual observer that Islam has not served the Pakistani’s well.
    Rather than working through political differences, economic difficulties and rooting out corruption radical Muslims have resorted to destruction and murders. Perhaps they haven’t the love of country that ordinary Pakistani’s have or belief that Democracy can work it all out in time. Their violence has caused the country to descend into chaos and increased lawlessness. Perhaps it is time for India with its very large Muslim population that functions well in a Democracy to take control of Pakistan.

  3. 3 Tom K in Mpls
    March 30, 2009 at 14:22

    No comments, but a couple of questions. When Iraq was invaded, I noticed something that seemed to be true with at least a significant percentage of Muslims. I would like to know if it is correct and is it true in Pakistan?

    In general, would Muslims rather be subjugated under another Muslim factions government than be free under a Democratic one?

    I know that in that part of the world, violence between factions seems to be the norm. Is this considered the norm by the majority there or is it just a visible minority?

  4. 4 CJ McAuley
    March 30, 2009 at 14:22

    My question is this: could these extremists somehow take over a nuclear missile installation and effectively start WW3?

  5. 5 Donnamarie in Switzerland
    March 30, 2009 at 14:24

    To all Pakistanis: Your various governments have been unable to maintain order in the lawless northwest tribal regions of your country. Terrorist attacks perpetrated by Pakistanis inside and outside your country have been increasing at an alarming rate.

    Now your government cannot provide security at sporting events, or even at a police academy. And your country is a nuclear power!! This a a terrifying state of affairs. All Pakistanis need to work together to get your country back on a path of peace and reason.

  6. 6 Ahmed
    March 30, 2009 at 14:37

    Ahmed from Pakistan but currently in Kuwait

    We should never ignore the truth, All that is happening in Pakistan now a days, is definitely the aftermath of Russian-Afghan war which is over years ago but left its horrible consequences behind for the several years to come. All partners of that war should collectively made their efforts to extinguish the remaining sparks of Russian-Afghan war. Why only Pakistan should burn alone in these remaining sparks………

  7. 7 Ahmad Hammad
    March 30, 2009 at 14:40

    I live in Lahore and am much concerned about the security of my people. I want a peaceful Pakistan. I urge the extremists to leave this country for good. But, I’m afraid, that’s not very easy now.

    The seed sown by Gen Musharraf has grown in a huge tree now. The tree is so full of fuit that you don’t even need to put any effort to pick it. All you need to do is to be near the Tree–Pakistan, and you’d be blessed of the fruit–terrorism.

    Before his tyrannical regime, there wasn’t any such tension in the region. It is he who imported the bloodshed. He owned the fight that wasn’t ours.

    And now, our sons, brothers and daughters are being mercilessly killed.

    The current seige and bloodshed is a result (reaction to) of the speech of Mr President, Zardari. He owned the war and resolved to keep on fighting against the militants, for a yearly aid worth $ 1.5 billion.

    To me, the Sri Lankan team was targeted by a different terrorist group, suspectedly the RAW.

    Whereas in todays seige, a different group with different targets in mind seems to have been involved…

    Once, our leadership calls in the terrorist/militants’ groups for a talk, the issues would be resolved.

    The opposition says, Pakistan should refuse to accept the aid from the US. This is how, the talks could be begun.

    It means, the peace could be brought back in two phases:
    1) Say NO to the US aid, and when the militants are sure that the Dollars won’t be used to kill their childern…
    2) Invite them to talks.

  8. 8 Anthony
    March 30, 2009 at 14:52

    Well at least they aren’t armed with nuclear weapons…..oh wait a second. So if 167 million feel great loyalty to thier country, why don’t the people revolt against the terrorists and kill them?

    -Anthony, LA, CA

  9. 9 Ahmed
    March 30, 2009 at 14:59

    Mr. Dan

    Please note and let me differ of you that Pakistani people love democracy and and always been in favour of democracy when ever they have been given chance to exercise their democratic right. it proved from History, but misfortunately, democracy was always undermined by internal elements supported by external influential elements.

  10. 10 VictorK
    March 30, 2009 at 15:22

    Questions for Pakistani contributors:
    *what are the main objectives of the terrorist groups in your country, and do those objectives (putting aside the means of attaining them) have any popular support?
    *how do Pakistanis view the US? What does that view mean in practical terms?
    *is Pakistan part of the same ‘war on terror’ being waged by the US, or are there local factors that make yours a distinct and different ‘war on terror’? Is the American connection a help or hindrance in fighting your terrorists?
    *Is there a third, realistic, scenario for Pakistan beyond (a) permanent chaos & violence, or (b) surrender to the Talibanesque forces now terrorising you, as in the Swat Valley, and peace at the price of complete submission to them?
    *doesn’t making Islam central to your state render securing peace precarious: there will always be people who find things insufficiently Islamic and who will fight until ‘true Islam’ rules what is supposed to be an Islamic state?
    *In retrospect, given the state in which your country finds itself, and in light of India’s sustained political and economic success, do you think partititon has been a success or failure for Pakistan?

  11. 11 Archibald in Oregon
    March 30, 2009 at 15:32

    Do Pakistanis hesitate to judge Islamic terrorism, because many of the justifications for this terrorism come from interpretations of Islamic doctrine that they obey rather than agree with? Is this because heresy is a more grievous offense than outright violence in defence of the Koran? Is it sympathy for the overall cause against the infidel establishment? Or is it none of these?

  12. 12 Dan
    March 30, 2009 at 15:35

    I understand what you say. There are external elements centered in that area of the world that are undermining Pakistan and Pakistani Democracy but Pakistani’s seem unable or unwilling to stand up to those forces. The dream of Mr. Jinnah has never been realized and I am asking if religious forces have destroyed that dream for Pakistan and her people.
    Those forces gained supremacy after the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and the unwillingness of the United States to rebuild what was destroyed by the Soviets in Afghanistan. The power vacuum left religious radicals in a position to fill the power vacuum. Now they have pushed into Pakistan but one must also acknowledge that they are also a creation of the Pakistani Intelligence services. You have one hell of a mess on your hands.

  13. March 30, 2009 at 15:38

    The successive violence in Pakistan shows that the political remedies tried from military rule to civilian rule have failed to make it a stable country. for consolation one can argue that Pakistan should thank God as it is just the scene of sporadic terrorism as it hasn’t fallen in the hands of militants or has become the scene of an outright civil war.
    Pakistan will continue to be a major headache for the West in particular because it is the crossing point of militants where the coordinate their operations both in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

    Is it realistic for Pakistan to have a strong military coalition force as it is the case in Afghanistan?
    How worried are the Pakistani authorities and the international community about the safety of Pakistan’s nuclear installations? What if the militants managed to get hold of them?

  14. 14 Bedoon Esam - Bahrain
    March 30, 2009 at 15:43

    167 Million people in Pakistan but do they truly love their country, haven’t they lost the true message of ISLAM, why have they allowed EXTREMIST views to take center stage. Should it not be the common man of Pakistan who stands up in his house, street, locality, village, town, city, province, country who should stand up against the fundamentalists and tell them to cut the fake rhetoric.

    US / Pakistan military created the demon of Al Qaeda to fight the USSR, Pakistan then allowed these fundamentalist elements to continue to stew within its borders as the Pak Army whose only source of existence is purely by maintaining war hysteria against India hoped the fundamentalist rogues will dedicate their energies towards India.

    Pakistan Army’s dream of dismembering India which would be their grand revenge for losing East Pakistan (now Bangladesh), has now turned into its own worst nightmare with Pakistan itself today at the crossroads.

  15. March 30, 2009 at 15:48

    oh its scary with this madmax mullahs ,warmongering military chiefs ,plusgood for nothing pleasureloving foolishpoliticains framing policymaking of pakistan with nuclear weapons in their arson ?
    onlything nowadys pakistan now has to export tothe restof the world is TERRORISM?
    earlier the better world act against this terrormanufacturing state called pakistan or else world will beaworstplaceto live in future forsure ?

  16. 16 alan
    March 30, 2009 at 16:23

    i live in london and in lahore .pakistan is as good as rest of the world in fact its more buity full then most other countrys in the world .its the leader ship wich is missing in this part of the world i wish some one like imran khan will fule this plase and only then we will see the diffrent the rest of the leader ship is bonch of id….s …killing started from out side first ussr came and started killing afghans whom are the most wildest peaples in the world most fearlees bread of man you will never see in any part of the world …and now uncle sam is after them and i think they feel its them started kilings us after all there where no afghans whom went out of theair country and started boming places and now they are so upset over this sams army killing them that they will go on this rampage till the last man left to do the job and as most of us do know uncle sam was not right to start the war in first place he is one man whom can be blamed for making this peace full world as i see peale so upset all over the world .and its for all diffrent reasons at diffrent places .thanks uncle sam…

  17. March 30, 2009 at 16:35

    American has their own mindes,different manners,procedure tackling the situation
    they accept no advise of others and not compromise on their policies internal or external,they believ in investment.

    In the very start of the dron attackes,
    they were said,it would creat no good result,it would craet counterinsurgency,it would not in favoure of the country of front line ally but disregard.

    I dislike to support those,responsible for creating panic,death of innocent people,but on the other hand,we shouldn;t depend on power absolutely diplomacy is essential with power using otherwise failure is fortune.

    More than eight years has passed,inspite of deadly fighting,efforts done by nato Forces,but terrorists still stand,not only stand but also have increased,world peace is at stake,every country has fear of insurgency.

    The question before us is that what is the firm solution of dengrous problem?
    it is the signe of interogation before us.

    I have heared the speech of president Zardari and the american president and have gone its expectation a head,use of force and investment it need reconsideration.

    Some time i feel facts are being overlooked delibrately but a new step has been taken by Obama’s administration is ver admireable in regard to Iran.iran,Syria,Saudi Arbia can play crucial role in finishing this bloodshed situation which is expending day by day.

    All jahadi orgnisation believ in Saudi king as their religous leader,all jahadi recognise Iranian influence Syria has different authority,if Russian assistance is invited it will also be a best.It dire need of the time make some flexability and change in the stance.

  18. 18 Ahmed
    March 30, 2009 at 16:49


    Unluckily, Pakistani rulers has been Pro-USA since its inception against the will of common people of Pakistan. Those rulers were never represented by the people of Pakistan, Either they were military dictator or came in power by back doors. So they never cared what people of Pakistan wish and how people aske to run the Islamic Democratic State of Pakistan. For your kind information, emergence of pakistan was entirely on the basis of democratic process.

  19. 19 Donnamarie in Switzerland
    March 30, 2009 at 16:55

    @ Ahmed Hammad: You said, “Once, our leadership calls in the terrorist/militants’ groups for a talk, the issues would be resolved.”

    The point of terrorist/militant groups is that they do not talk, they terrorize. Dialogue implies compromise, which is precisely what terrorist groups of whatever ilk are not willing to do.

    If this is what you are hoping for as a resolution of the current dire situation in Pakistan, the situation is a lot worse than many non-Pakistanis, including myself, have feared.

  20. 20 gary
    March 30, 2009 at 17:17

    The stated goal of Fundamentalist Islam is to remove all Western influence from Islamic countries (not just the ones currently contested.), and a nuclear arsenal would be perceived as useful in this cause. While NATO’s robust response capabilities would likely prevent a fundamentalist group from using Pakistan’s nuclear weapons in a 9/11 style attack, the threat of nuclear attack would certainly be effective against West-leaning non-nuclear, Islamic countries. Pakistan may have a democratic-minded majority; but its fragmentation will prevent it from stopping the determined minority. Their attacks are too well directed against the institutions that allow democracy to occur. I would council the World should become used to nuclear-armed fundamentalists, because they are “in process” as we speak.

  21. March 30, 2009 at 17:19

    Pakistan needs to let Indian and ISAF soldiers into the country to eliminate the Taleban. The supporters of democracy need to form a grand wartime coalition, united in the defence of democracy, and united in their resolve against Islamic extremists. This problem is so big, that nationalism and political rivalry cannot be allowed to get in the way of its resolution.

  22. 22 Ujpradhan
    March 30, 2009 at 17:21

    It’s not time to debate about the loyalty of a country’s citizen whatever the state of the country.It’s time for the world leaders to set forth mechanisms to uproot the international terrorism thriving in Pakistan.It has now been clear that this nuclear armed country is being destabilised with its intelligence community cooperating and aiding the talibans and jihadists. The question here is: why is the ISI supporting the terrorist groups that are eating away the establishment of their own country?

  23. 23 Donnamarie in Switzerland
    March 30, 2009 at 17:25

    Madame Bhutto speaking on WHYS from Karachi said her version of the PPP did not support the introduction of Sharia law in the Swat Valley because it had been agreed to in an undemocratic manner.

    Sharia law and democracy are mutually exclusive. The first is derived from divine fiat; the second is, hopefully, one-person-one-vote elections that give popular mandates to modern candidates acting upon observable facts and not in accordance with religious edicts given centuries ago.

    Madame Bhutto has to do better than that to change the downward spiral of her country.

  24. 24 Dan
    March 30, 2009 at 17:30

    It is fashionable to blame the United States for all of ones problems and troubles and many Muslims throw blame to others but at some point you must understand what we all understand and that Pakistan is YOUR country and its future is in YOUR hands as long as your path is to fall in line with and cooperate with international norms the outside world will let you build your country as you wish.
    However faced with chaos I believe that Pakistan is on a collision course with another Military dictatorship and that is caused directly by the Pakistani people.

  25. 25 David - Dallas, Texas
    March 30, 2009 at 17:31

    We need to stop pointing fingers and start reaching a solution. Yes the US is guilty of founding AND training these militant insurgents but the US is fighting them off. The issue lies on the other side of the border where the US cannot chase them.
    If Pakistan does not have the ability or resources to go after them, let the US go in and finish them off.

  26. 26 Kevin
    March 30, 2009 at 17:40

    I think there is no doubt the policies of my country (USA) have been PART of the problem in Pakistan. In the world of ‘Real Politik’ this is what happens when one country decides to pursue its’ own interest regardless of the outcome.. and regardless of whether the chosen method is ultimately inimical to those interests.

    I am very concerned when I hear many Pakistanis have a knee-jerk, blame India reaction. Given the terrible relations between India and Pakistan, and their nuclear arsenals, I am sorry to hear ordinary people somehow believe that India is behind anything bad that happens. Arrogant as it may be for an outsider to inject this opinion, it just seems that Pakistanis disserver themselves when they blame India because the problem will not be solved when it is attributed to the wring source.

    Unfortunately, my own country may be more of a problem to Pakistan at the moment than Inida is…

  27. 27 Chedondo, Johannesburg
    March 30, 2009 at 17:41

    Pakistan may wish to reconsider its policy of blocking cross-border forays by NATO forces. They appear to be losing the sovereignty they guard so jealously.

  28. 28 mark
    March 30, 2009 at 17:42

    There seems to be a classic knee-jerk accusation that “foreigners” (the US and India) are somehow responsible for this latest attack. This is clearly ludicrous, given the persistant attacks by armed Islamic political groups in the country, which escalated even under Musharraf’s tacit alliance with the US. Benazhir Bhutto turned a blind eye to the Taliban as well, when it was in her country’s interest. The US has given billions of dollars in aid to the country throughout the past decades. Can the Pakistanis on your programme please direct their attention to the causes of “the problem” within their country, rather than blaming it all on “foreign players?”

  29. 29 Ralf Galdner, Germany
    March 30, 2009 at 17:42

    There are different forces which have been trying to destabilise the raising power Pakistan by creating conflicts among all kind of social groups. Those forces are given by a complex network of Western, particular US American and New York, interest groups and Western Capital. It all comes to the slogan ” Divide and rule ” and it is the same which is being done in Sudan at present.

  30. 30 Joe Kollhoff
    March 30, 2009 at 17:43

    i had a question for whoever is on air. how does it feel to walk in Pakistan knowing that with all the violence you may never go home? does this change your everyday life or do you “roll with the punches?”

  31. 31 Saba Khan
    March 30, 2009 at 17:45

    I’m a Pakistani-American living in Michigan. I love Pakistan and it breaks my heart to see the downfall. I don;t understand why we never have people in politics who actually care about this country. It’s the people of Pakistan who elect the corrupts, side with the mullah’s who do everything un-Islamic in the name of Islam, and then blame the outside forces! Pakistanis need to educate themselves and realise that they are still living the in stone age. They have to find the Patriotism and Nationalsim they lost years ago, but that has to happen at an individual level.

  32. March 30, 2009 at 17:56

    Bedoon Esam – Bahrain
    March 30, 2009 at 15:43

    167 Million people in Pakistan but do they truly love their country, haven’t they lost the true message of ISLAM, why have they allowed EXTREMIST views to take center stage. Should it not be the common man of Pakistan who stands up in his house, street, locality, village, town, city, province, country who should stand up against the fundamentalists and tell them to cut the fake rhetoric.

    100% agree!

  33. 33 Fred
    March 30, 2009 at 19:36

    Failed country – a tragic example of a Muslim State which Jinnah wanted

    –they should have stayed part of India in 1947- 1948

    They always blame someone else -there is enough intellect and intelligence

    amongst Pakistanis to be able to run a democarcy if the majority wanted it .

    Instead there is a pandering to Islamist Muslim ideas and an export of

    extremism all over the world .

    Tell Ahmed to stop blaming everyone else and get his co citizens

    to take control of the situation .–let us know when they do !

  34. 34 Inam Ullah Dar.
    March 30, 2009 at 20:29

    I am a Pakistani living in Dubai now,I think that the roots of these all events goes back to Afghan war, when America used Pakistan Army to fight for them in Afghanistan.America used these Islamic militants to defeat Russia,but now it is not easy for Pakistan as well as America to get rid off them.
    In Pakistan only democrasy and juctice can bring back peace and harmony,as well as both Pakistan and America has to do dialouge in Afghanistan cos America should never forget the defeat of Russia in Afghanistan, whcih can be their fate also.

  35. 35 von-Moltke
    March 30, 2009 at 21:45

    Islam and violence in the name of this religion existed long before the United States and even the rise of the modern European “West.” The Islamic Republic of Pakistan, in 1947, purged the state of non-Moslems. There is no Moslem nation which honors the freedom of humans to choose their faith (what they believe in). Instead, there are endless efforts to bend over backwards defending a warlord false prophet and fitting his misdeeds into a context which seems justifiable to a reasonable mind (or depending on the ignorance of Westerners to placate them with relativist justifications), while blaming non-Moslems for all of their problems.

    Faith in this apostasy, Islam, is the problem. The state should be free of religious compulsion, and people should be free to determine what is a correct way of behaving with respect to others. The state is not an instrument to impose religion, but a means of providing common security so that its citizens may engage in the constructive conduct of their affairs and the realization of their peaceful aspirations (such as peaceful religion). The Islamic state has this completely backwards, as it imposes religion, particularly this beastly thing, which has as a prophet, a man who was personally involved in the murder of others and theft of their property and rape of their wives and children, and DOES NOT PROVIDE SECURITY. Religion is not important to the state. There will be no functioning state in the Moslem world without military strongmen, or clerical dictatorships, as the example for the Islamic state is the religion-by-the-sword warlord and quasi-statesman, Mohammed. All of these pseudo-governments will completely collapse after the oil runs out. Order exists in these pseudo-states only for the sale of the resources, and religious disorder inherent in Islam and of the third world simmers at a manageable level only while there is oil money or foreign aid to keep a top on the pot. Somalia is a good model for the future of Pakistan or Bahrain, or Saudi Arabia, etc., without Western aid.

  36. 36 Desi Kurri
    March 30, 2009 at 22:45

    @ DonnaMarie

    Madame Bhutto the so called stalwart of democracy is dead and gone after bequeathing her party like a monarch to her husband and son who have now signed a peace deal with the Taliban in Swat.

    What do you say to that and to a woman who stayed out of Pakistan for years and only came back after a Condi-Bush brokered deal.

    This is a very complex situation and the chickens are now coming home to roost for the West and the elite civilian and military dictators who have ruled this beautiful country of mine and ruined it -UTTERLY RUINED IT.

    And the the suffering masses have been subjugated and controlled through fear, hunger, and the kidnapping of loved ones.

    When will my hapless countymen rise ,when will they see the light, who will show them that power rests with them. Who cares about them? Who loves them? Who is our messiah?

  37. 37 Iyasele Isioma
    March 31, 2009 at 00:38

    To save their country from descending into total anarchy, the Pakistani government must declare a state of emergency as soon as possible so as to forestall the impending disaster. President Zardari must impose martial law so as to take care of these extremely fearless militants.

  38. 38 Suresh in New Jersey
    March 31, 2009 at 02:29

    This was a disaster waiting to happen. It’s scary to think that a country with no control on it’s borders, or inside it’s borders teetering on the brink of yet military coup is in possession of nuclear weapons.

    Af-Pak is now a no-go area for anyone other than muslim fundamentalists.

    Responsible countries need to stop selling arms to the entire unstable Af-Pak region. This includes attack weaponry (USA), modern fighters (China) or submarines (Germany). This will come back to haunt us in a very real sense very soon.

  39. 39 Aamir Shahzad
    March 31, 2009 at 03:28

    Pakistan is facing a new trend of terrorism … the agenda of terrorist to first weaken the security measures and a strong message to all that they can hit anytime…anywhere…anyone..

    In Pakistan there`s lot of terror fuel tanks … which are day by day exploding..
    We have to take serious measure on ground… Pakistani police can`t tackles this type of terrorism…

    I’m the eyewitness of this entire act… in morning I saw them… but at once nobody have an idea what’s going to be…

    Really they look like a part of public…

    Well if Pakistani government wants to does something just do one thing…?
    Invest @ internal security like external security

  40. 40 Aamir Shahzad
    March 31, 2009 at 03:42

    Saba Khan
    March 30, 2009 at 17:45
    I’m a Pakistani-American living in Michigan…………………………………., but that has to happen at an individual level.

    A Common Pakistani loves his country without any terms….
    It’s the nation who is being misguided by mullah and politicians…
    I accept that Pakistanis are not yet well educated but the thing matters is the awareness in moods of people… apex 70% are not well aware of the situation.. Rest is just thinking to secure their future… solving one question how to feed the family…

    In this entire scenario we should have kind heart for the gen.public of Pakistan…
    We should stage by stage facilate them…
    I personally know many one … who votes for just sake of relationship or any other objective … ignoring the capacity of candidate.

    We elect the corrupts because we don’t have a choice…

    Pakistani people are struggling … other nation should support the public not the Government for theirs interest

  41. 41 Izhar Korai
    March 31, 2009 at 03:53

    We are on our way to complete the most tragic dacade in the history of Pakistan.

    I dont understand, why the nation of Pakistan can’t breath the fresh air of Peace? everyday the Sun rises with a new breath taking news. People have been so affraid, terrified and helpless that when so ever any Son leaves the home, the poor Mother is so terrified that She even dont eat food food untill her child has not return back to her home safely.

    I know Pakistan is watching a never ending Nightmare of unexpected killings, suicide bombers, and terrorism, but the Question is how can we stop them?
    to me, the only cure Government can give to the Nation is to, “Take initiatives to improve the progeress of our LAW INFORCEMENT AGENCIES”.And if for once, our Law Inforcement Agencies started working in there Code of Conduct, beleive me we will get a lot better enviroment to breath in.

  42. 42 Dennis Junior
    March 31, 2009 at 03:54

    As to what Steve’s comments (1) says…That it looks like Pakistan is on the road of being a failed state…Unless the International Community is willing to step up to the table and help the Government of Pakistan….

    ~Dennis Junior~

  43. March 31, 2009 at 04:17

    It has recognised by the world countries that
    terrorism is a globle issue
    and extending its wings
    all over the countries.

    In case,
    we admitte this as a fact
    then what should do in such circumstances?

    we should move forward to face it unanimously
    but have seen there is not such condition
    some countries have unity on this issue
    but others has different views.

    Division on this globle issue have taken us
    at the brink of desaster
    perhaps in form of universal combat.

  44. 44 Khawer
    March 31, 2009 at 04:56

    It is really valuable that being Pakistani American you still love Pakistan.
    If you explore back to Movement of Pakistan, Quaid e Azam Mohmmad Ali Jinna even refused to accept the Separate Homeland (Pakistan) without the will and wishes of Muslims of Sub-continent. It is the mass who voted for Pakistan and got it.
    Sorry to say that the Democratic rights of the people of Pakistan was denied by Power groups in Pakistan otherwise Pakistani always make right decision to choose the good representatives. If the election process was continued at a stretch, definitely pakistani people rejected the corrupt politicians and so-called Mullas,

    Khawer / Pakistan

  45. 45 Dinesh
    March 31, 2009 at 05:46

    Dear Pakistanis – Its a known fact – Taliban was developed by Pakistan in the Past during the Benazir Govt to counter the Soviet troops. If I am not wrong – it was the master mind of Mr. Zardari and ISI then under Benazir Govt. There is NO GOOD REASON for the current ZARDARI Govt to silence the Taliban. Taliban is the only terror weapon in the hands of Mr. Zardari to terrorise Pakistanis. At present Taliban has been almost driven out of Afghan and it is looking for a safe heaven. This is going to get worst after US increases 20,000 more foces. The only place is Pakistan, where Taliban can rebuild itself. Taliban is the trump card in the hands of Zardari Govt to blackmail West for regular financial support.

    Pakistan Population will have to RISE for a second INDEPENDANCE struggle – you have over 100 million strong people – Taliban with its strength of few thousands is no match for 100 million strong population. Taliban may have GUNS but the Pakistan population has the will power.

    Throw Taliban, Zardari, Sharif and ISI forever – this is only possible if the Pakistan People have the will power to fight second Independance or stay under the cloud of fear for generations to come.

  46. 46 Riaz Hussain
    March 31, 2009 at 07:13

    Terror in the name of Islam is unacceptable. Unfortunately there are reports on the media that our secret agencies and the establishment are covertly supporting the elements and overtly killing them to secure foreign aid and maintain rivalry against India. This raises a big question mark, how can one expect the end to events like in Lahore.

    Corruption in all sectors is killing this country. How long foreign loans and financial donations will help this country.

    Its the corruption which could cause the complete downfall of this country, let alone terrorism which has now engulfed the formerly most secure cities of this country.

    Lets naively hope for the best.


  47. March 31, 2009 at 07:18

    to bring peace to this region,the CHAVEZ/URIBE effect should be done away with.i mean the hypocrisy of Gaddafi to want to be adored by Mauritania whilst he doesn’t want Saudi adoring Americans must end.


  48. 48 Eric
    March 31, 2009 at 07:34

    The main cause of all the trouble is the Us Uk invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq.
    They have poured gasoline on the fires of Hatred.
    A war without end..
    Exactly what bush brown and blair wanted..

  49. 49 Deb
    March 31, 2009 at 09:20

    Unlike most other non-Pakistani-s, we in India do not have the comfort of geographical distance between us and what is happening to Pakistan. It is really sad that an Islamic country that could have held itself up as an example of progress and modernization, arising as it did de-novo without any kind of historical baggage tying it down, should slip so fast into the mess it finds itself in. To my mind Pakistani-s have two options, the easy one of being in denial and watching the downward spiral helplessly, or the tougher one of standing up and saying no to the very real problem of terror.

  50. March 31, 2009 at 11:00

    Pakistan is reaping what it has sown

    India was the target before and the ISI had a field day now the forces that they had grown are turning on them.

    So what Pakistan MUST do is to reverse their mind set and change their attitude towards their neighbour and they will be Peace.


  51. 51 Jamil
    March 31, 2009 at 11:39

    Thanks to America for our surrent position. They were the ones who funded the creation of Talibans to fight the Russians.

    If That stupid mofo BUSH has not involed Pka in his shiting war we wouldn’t be in the mess we are now.

    May God Help Pak.

  52. 52 Tajammal
    March 31, 2009 at 11:46

    The truth is that America fought against Russia via Pakistan and helped to crate Taliban and now they are out of control. Now it is the duty of America to train the Police forces and supply them with bullet proof cars and jackets in abundance free of cost so that they can fight against the menace of terrorism.
    More over there are about a dosen indian embassies in Afghanistan WHY?? just because they give money and arms and ammunition to crate terrorism in PAkistan.So America and the European Union should take notice of that and get rid of indian sponsored terrorism in Pakistan.
    The NATO and the America can help Pakistan to get rid of all Afghan;s living in Pakistan and relocate them in Afghanistan and give build a think like great wall of china between Afghanistan and Pakistan border. You see that all the terrorist are from Afghanistan and get training there and money as well and then do their operation in different parts of the world.
    Help and rebuild Pakistan and stop India to keep sending Money and weapons to terrorist to PAkistan.
    WHERE THESE TERRORISTS ARE GETTING MONEY AND WEAPONS?? Yes you are right Afghanistan and india are supplying them. Come and wake up and save the country who has been victim of war on terrorism an American’s war and Afghan’s war.

  53. 53 Fred
    March 31, 2009 at 12:29

    Eric is wrong as are those others who blame every state except

    Pakistan itself .

    The citizens of that country have to decide what they want – they sound like the Irish who often gave tacit support to the IRA in the North of Ireland until they realised that their lives were also affected and infected .

    Hate and extremism can only be dealt with by grassroots action and good Govt leadership .-neither is in evidence .
    Muslims will not eradicate their own extremists and want to dominate the world so who will stand and stop the daily murders and suicide bombers ?

  54. 54 Just A Comment
    March 31, 2009 at 17:22

    Read slowly while thinking carefully!

    Which language reads backwards as compared to almost all other languages which may be thousands of years older?

    Which group of people literally turns their backs to the Sun and prays in a direction opposite to the direction from which all Energy sustaining life on earth comes from?

    Which group of people claims that their Supreme Being has or had the last word on the way everything should be? At the same time, which group of people repeatedly highlights false Prophets?

    Now ask yourself who is false and who is just who they are!

    As for the problems in Pakistan: they’re self-generated, they originate from the cardinal sin of jealousy and false superiority!

    As I said; read slowly and think carefully provided the Powers that Be allow the comment to be published!

  55. 55 Deb
    April 10, 2009 at 07:20

    Mr. Tajammal, just stop and think for a minute. Your small piece has blamed America, Afghanistan and India, (and also Russia, in a backhand sort of way) for the mess that Pakistan find itself in today. That list effectively includes all of Pakistan’s neighbors – how many walls will you build? No, the answer to our problems must come from within us.

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