Finally after much hue and cry raised by the entire countries moderate and civil structure as well as some timely concern shown by political parties the army has woken up and started an operation against the militants in the lower dir valley area of Swat.
This operation was started yesterday and immediately helicopter gunships and bombing missions through them have brought about some measure of success. So much for all the Taliban apologists who were claiming that “the force of change” cannot be routed.
The problem is that we as a nation neither want this change being forced upon us neither can we afford it in our precarious position in the international arena. The adverse result of which will be in full bloom if the Taliban ever take over. I daresay we would be invaded by Nato forces within the week to secure our nuclear weapons if a “takeover” threat ever materializes on solid evidence. Now one wonders if whether this is indeed the mission of these Talibs? Rather than “sharia imposition”. I say this as the source of financing and backing for these Talibs seems to be very dubious and maybe foreign.
The Taliban’s misadventure of a “preaching” mission in the buner sector and their various contradictory statements to the peace accord have in the least shown that even though their spokesman claims full backing, he has no idea of how to control the hordes currently under his sway, who want nothing short of an advance into other areas of Pakistan on their holy mission.
The government of Pakistan needs to realize this before it is too late. The army needs to route these invaders once and for all and it can, for their physical strength is limited to a few thousand. In fact a friend in khaki just told me last week that it is a matter of 2 battalions to take these people out of their misery. We as a people must also realize that once and for all we have to become united on this issue there is no middle ground here.
I wonder why they are being then negotiated with time and again? Have we not realized as a nation that this organization is like a hydra, talk peace with one head and the other suicide bombs you out of existance.