They’re finally doing what the world wants and they say they’ re fighting a global war- so why isn’t the world backing the Pakistani army?
With all the efforts of the Pakistani army, the Taleban look far from defeated. A deputy to Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud told the BBC by telephone the attack in Lahore ,which killed at least 24 people yesterday, was in response to the army’s operation in the Swat valley.
The calls for help from Pakistan have been clear.
“Pakistan has made … sacrifices in the war on terror for safety and peace not only in Pakistan, but also in the rest of the world,” Zardari told US senators yesterday.
As Taleban retaliation against the army attacks intensifies (Wednesday’s Lahore attacks are nothing new) ex Pakistani leader Nawaz Sharif has just been told he can run for office. Mr. Sharif insists he will not come into power to help the US or the Army stating that national interests came before any other.
“The US exploited the Af-Pak people in its war against Soviets” says Dr. Soomro on his blog, “but after achieving its set objectives, complete abrupt withdrawl from the region proved to be detrimental with worst repercussions of the war.” Condemning Pakistan, as Ahmed Quraishi writes will achieve nothing – it’s not a time for apologists. “The military operation is certainly not an exercise in semantics” responds one blogger.
But some ask if Pakistan is taking this threat seriously enough. According to this article, almost 75% of government revenue goes into the Army and it is an ongoing tension with India that works to sustain this budget. Maybe then, Pakistan’s military has got its priorities wrong.
Pakistani leaders are urging the world to do more for their country, so why aren’t we doing it?