Are we still lying at the mercy on Taliban?

A large number of people want to praise the role of Pakistani law enforcement agencies for upholding peace during the Ashura. Federal Interior Minister, Rehman Malik, however, unexpectedly offered thanks to the Taliban for their cooperation during the holy
occasion of 10th Muharram.

A commoner believes that the government will provide protection to the masses, but the statement of Rehman (Baba) is showing a different aspect of the picture.

His statement indicated that the country was still lying at the pity of the Taliban and lives of commoners remained secure in cooperation of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).

It is worth highlighting here that the Taliban have never predestined even the most barbarian attacks on Shia congregation or Sunni Shrines.

It was a couple of years ago when Rehman Malik and his cabinet friends flayed severe criticism on Chief Minister Punjab, Shahbaz Sharif, and the PML-N for appealing the terrorists to spare the province for terrorist activities.

The critics of Rehman Malik are raising questions whether he, too, approached the Taliban seeking their collaboration to maintain pace during the Ashura.

On the other hand, the Afghan Taliban strongly condemned the deadliest attacks on Shia congregation in Mazare Sharif and Kabul, on the Ashura day, which led to the killing of more than 56 people.

They termed the attacks as brutal, indiscriminate, ruthless and against the preaching of Islam. According to the some media reports and claims of the Afghan President, Hamid Karzai, the attack was carried out by Lashkar-e-Janghvi.

The statement and condemnation of Afghan Taliban sends a clear message indicating the widening splits among the different fighting groups.

Those who are closely watching the TTP, the major group of Taliban in the country, were of the view that the outfit had been divided into many small groups.

The breakdown was done due to the shortage of funds; US drone strikes and military operations by the Pakistani forces.

It is vital to mention here that the ongoing confrontation between Pakistan and United States will only serve the militants. Regardless of differences with the US, China and Russia too wanted Pakistan to take action against the militant outfits.

The need of the hour is that the army should adopt unwavering policy to eliminate the Taliban. Any sign of weakness on this part can lead us towards further deterioration.