Dear Mr. Zaid Hamid,
Most of your posts unduly exude ecstasy. Like India/Pakistan one day cricket that we rejoice every sixes and fours for nothing because the match is not over yet.
Much after the Army operation is over, the new generations of Taliban will keep germinating on the soil because of organic process of ideological and political Islam. Given the region’s history and anthropology, its future people, overtly or covertly Taliban, would always pose threats to “infidel Pakistan”. This is a kind of history that has already been written for them for the future.
Tactically Pakistan government is eliminating Taliban from its land. But strategically it is incompatible for Pakistan. Its salvation lies in coming closer to Taliban, influence them, lead them to enlightened path, and transform them from untamed liability into the tamed assets. It is not hard to understand that a lasting peace in northern area will come from peaceful and enlightened Taliban and not from the Pakistan Army.
But Pakistan did not possess this capacity of a moral broker. Instead it launched operation Rah-e-Haq with outside support. Rah-e-Haq is not about gun powder. When two groups fight each other we don’t know who is who, unless one of them displays high moral ground. Unfortunately despite its sincere effort, Pakistan is viewed as mercenary. Hired for money and motivated by desire for gain.
Our Brass Tack certainly needs some compass adjustments so it can envision true perspective and challenges for future Pakistan, rather than enjoying cricket game.