Something very interesting happened very recently in Pakistan. The Pakistani Taliban has now threatened to take the fight to Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan. Not only that, they are threatening to go after other militants and Islamic guru’s in Pakistan if they do not join the Taliban. Something like, if you are not with us, you are against us. Remember that one?
But let me quote from the news story itself:
Many religious scholars in Islamabad have also received messages from the Taliban that they have only two options, either to support the Taliban or leave the capital or they will be considered collaborators of the “pro-American Zardari government” which, they claim, is not different from the previous Musharraf regime. It is also surprising that the Taliban of Swat and Bajaur have included the names of some religious and Jihadi leaders, who are not ready to fight inside Pakistan against their own countrymen, in their hit lists. The Taliban have accused some militant leaders of the tribal areas and some leaders of the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba, Harkatul Mujahideen and Hizbul Mujahideen of trying to stop youngsters from fighting the Pakistani forces. Taliban have declared all these “pro-Pakistan” Jihadis as their enemies.The names of Maulvi Nazir from South Wazirastan, Hafiz Gul Bahadur from North Waziristan, Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, Maulana Farooq Kashmiri and Syed Salahudin have been included in the hit lists of the Taliban, who have threatened some Hizbul Mujahideen leaders in Swat and Dir to leave the areas as soon as possible.
Another Taliban leader in the Mohmand Agency Maulvi Omar Khalid has threatened boys belonging to the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba to leave the tribal agency or face death. Omar Khalid has claimed that these boys are only interested in fighting against the foreign troops in Afghanistan or against India, which means that they don’t want an Islamic government in Pakistan. This complicated situation has forced the government to take some extreme steps against the Taliban in Darra Adamkhel and Swat, who had killed a Polish engineer as a reaction to the operations in their areas.
Now, what I found interesting was that the erstwhile denizens of Islamic Militancy in Pakistan are themselves being accused of not being Islamic enough. Look at the names of the worthies who have been targeted. So many of them would be familiar to anybody from India, these people have been frequently been seen presenting the face of Islamic militancy as the saviour of Kashmir.
But they themselves are in the firing line. These Mujaheedeen. These Warriors of Islam. You see, these chaps were supposedly be under the control of the ISI, the Pakistani Military Intelligence Agency and were supposed to be the “plausibly deniability” arm of their force projection in Afghanistan and India. And Islam was their ideology, to fight against the godless Soviets, the infidel Hindu’s or the Crusader Americans or the Zionist Jews. So what do you do when you yourself are accused of not being part of the great Islamic worldview? Surely that’s the most ironic thing, that these warriors of Islam are themselves accused of not being Islamic enough.
Perhaps this should be considered more in depth. These two bunches of Jihadi’s are obviously fated to be together. We should encourage them to meet. Something along the lines of
In a recent interview, General Norman Schwartzkopf was asked if he didn't think there was room for forgiveness toward the people who have harbored and abetted the terrorists who perpetrated the 9/11 attacks on America.
His answer was classic Schwartzkopf. He said, "I believe that forgiving them is God's function. Our job is simply to arrange the meeting."