Military Action against Taliban should continue

By Saeed Qureshi: He is a senior journalist, former editor of Diplomatic Times and a former diplomat

The chips are down. The fighter jets of Pakistan Air Force have finally pounded a few hideouts of the murderous Taliban who have been wantonly killing the innocent civilians and military personnel alike. That action came in retaliation to the slaughter or slaying of 23 captured Frontier constabulary soldiers by Taliban.

It is good that finally a reluctant Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had to swallow this bitter pill and order such indispensable and overdue action. His move to strike a deal with the unyielding and unpredictable Taliban was indeed well-intentioned and was an earnest effort to attain peace through dialogue and parleys.

But the dialogue takes places and produces expected outcome when both the interlocutors are on the same page and genuinely interested to come to amicable terms. Perhaps Taliban underestimated or purposely or even disdainfully disregarded or misconstrued the government’s offer of olive branch to end the bloodshed.
The military action has been delayed certainly but it is yet not too late.

The PMLN regime has earned a dividend of choosing the peaceful course first and thus it stands exonerated from the blame or stigma that it opted for use of force without first resorting to the peaceful overtures and amicable endeavors.

It should be expected that the military onslaught would not be halted and punctured halfway without rooting out the menace and scourge of militants destabilizing Pakistan with their orgy of blood and incessant terrorism. The Taliban militants have been attacking the military complexes and headquarters with impunity inflicting heavy losses both human casualties and serious blows to military equipment including blowing up military air-crafts.

If the strikes and anti Taliban offensive continues unabated for quite some time, one can forebode the crippling and elimination of this furious pedigree of religious fighters who by their savage militancy are serving neither Islam nor the people at large.
Their strategy is to drive fear and terrorize the people to blindly and docilely accept their version of an Islamic regime which means the country should be renamed as Islamic emirate, chief boss of the country should be called Amirul-Momineen (the leader of the faithful) and his second in command should be titled caliph.

Now this concept of statehood flies in the face of a modern, democratic and nation state. The kind of state or caliphate that this ignorant lot of renegades wants to impose on Pakistan and even Afghanistan cannot find its parallel or model even during medieval and early eras of Islamic dynasties. From Omayyad to Ottoman Empire all were secular and family kingdoms or authoritarian reigns.

Even in preset times of democracy and enlightenment, Saudi Arabia is called the “Kingdom of Saudi Arabia”. Saudi Arabia is the abode of Islam, and yet negates the Islamic rule of choosing the head of the government by popular vote. In sheer violation of the Islamic canon or practice of Khilafat-e-Rashida it is not a caliphate but a kingdom ruled by Saud family and is named after the ruling family.

The other states and emirates in the Middle East or Arab peninsula too are the family fiefdoms and thus have nothing to do with such lofty concepts that” power belongs to the people” as well as, equality, justice and fundamental rights.

A modern secular state offers most conducive conditions and congenial environment for religious freedom and fear-free practice of one’s religion. A rigid dogmatic, ruthlessly orthodox, bigoted and sectarian state leads to the suffocation and stifling of religious pluralism and diversity of faiths.

An isolated island of merciless, intolerant and narrow minded regime as the Taliban want to establish never existed, nor can it function. Such a regime cannot be compatible with the norms of independence, fusion of cultures and integration that is pervading the globe.

So the elements and forces within Pakistan that harbor some kind of sympathy and support for these queer and freak guys and later day Islamic warrior should rethink their outlook. The Taliban are the product of the last two or three decades.

Jamaat Islami for one is condemning the military action vehemently by accusing the army of killing innocent people which means Taliban. They supported such an action in East Pakistan over four decades ago. If Taliban are innocent then all devils and killers should also be treated as sinless.

Jamaat-e-Islami opposed the creation of Pakistan and now is busy in dismantling it. They are wholly or partly responsible for separation of former East Pakistan. Ironically they are sympathizing with a band of thugs and heartless bounty hunters and accusing Pakistan army for an overdue and belated action.

Such crony religio-political outfits such as JUI are lashing out at the army and denouncing the army operation. This is also one of the political parties that opposed the creation of Pakistan. They have been pulling every trick in their kitty to weaken Pakistan and at the same time blackmailing every government and making hay while the sun shines. Their leaders always speak with their tongues in cheek and grudgingly support any plan that leads to a better Pakistan.

Neither the incumbent government nor the armed forces should relent in their indispensable blitz against these monsters called by default as Taliban. The use of brutal force surgical or targeted is the only option to debilitate the infrastructure of Taliban. This option should remain open and used whenever there is a blast o terrorist attack by these enemies of Pakistan.

If the Taliban attack anywhere in Pakistan the armed forces should retaliate with full might. Their presence and continuation among the civil society and damaging Pakistan’s economy its infrastructure and social peace is like a proverbial “Damocles Sword” and constant threat to the solidarity, integrity and progress of Pakistan. It is overdue to break that sword. It’s time to nip this evil.

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  1. Excellent article by Saeed Qureshi sahib. The Taliban have established a government within a government. It is a kind of rebellion (baghaawat) and rebellion is strictly forbidden in Islam, as mentioned in the Quran itself.
    There are many problems to sort out first. Nawaz Sharif should first take a legislative step, in co-operation with other political parties, to amend all the bad laws in the country. Those bad laws are supporting the Taliban and their supporters sitting within the country. Those laws are anti-Islam and against the clear teachings of the Quran. If Nawaz Sharif will not do that, he will not succeed in his mission (whatever it may be). He can even announce a nationwide referendum on that topic if necessary. But this bold step is necessary right now in the country to help all Pakistanis.
    Those bad laws are being supported by miscreants sitting within the country. Those bad laws are hampering the progress of the country. There is much undue litigation due to blasphemy laws and spread of hatred in foreign countries.
    Jama’at islami opposed creation of Pakistan (at least did not support it). JUI also was against creation of a home land for Muslims of India. Jama’at Islami (JI) taught the subject of mutiny to the people of Pakistan. Maudoodi sahib gave new slogan to the people of Pakistan “Khuda ki zameen par, Khuda kay bandoun par Khuda kaa qanoon nafiz kar do.” Trans: Upon the world of Allah, upon the men of Allah, enforce the law of Allah.”
    Wherefrom maudoodi sahib brought that formula? Was it any verse of Quran? Was it part of any hadith? No, not at all. That seems to be exactly the demand of the present Taliban group too.
    The prophet Muhammad s.a.w.s. migrated to Madinah in 622 A.D. He never said to the people of Madinah that he had come to forcefully subject the people with a law from Allah? The prophet had the Love for all and hatred for None. But Maudoodi sahib was wrong in many things. He did not know the exact basics of the religion as well as politics.
    Maudoodi sahib was trying to find a land where he could establish a Godly kingdom. But he did not understand that he needed a country before establishing a government. Why he failed to support Muslim League in the creation of Pakistan? It is clear that Maudoodi sahib did not know anything about politics or the religion. In religion, he believed in Jihad by the sword and even accused the prophet Muhammad s.a.w.s. that the prophet successfully spread Islam by use of sword.
    Nawaz Sharif has to play the game very carefully. His team is not so intelligent. They are giving advance news of all their steps about security in the TV shows. Nawaz Sharif sahib must know that there are many Taliban (supporters) sitting inside the country. That could harm the military action too and do much damage.
    The loud speeches of head of JI are advice (even order) to many JI supporters in military who had been enlisted into military service since Zia ul haque, to disobedience. The Taliban across the border are sitting, just waiting to cross over, to help their brethren in faith in Pakistan.
    The plan of Taliban to present Quran as constitution is very charming and many poor Muslims will be attracted to it even though the Taliban do not know the real meaning of the Quranic teachings. They do not understand meaning of Momin, Muslim, Munafiq, kaafir and Murtadd. What type of government Taliban want to establish? The prophet Muhammad s.a.w.s. (and every other prophet) had not come to establish any government. Religion has its politics (of faith and unity and love for all and justice for all) but there is no political religion. Not at all. Already, the Mulla Umar government (Taliban) have disobeyed the command of Allah (chapter 110 of Quran, see last verse shown below) and lost all that Allah had given them. They could not hold what they had, due to their misdeeds and being thankless to Allah.


    [110:4] Glorify thy Lord, with His praise, and seek forgiveness of Him. Surely He is Oft-Returning with compassion.

    Now, last few words: sami l Haque sahib is saying that there cannot be negotiations until both sides stop fighting. That is right. Why he does not tell the Taliban that government is ready for the dialogue if you stop fighting and lay down your arms. That will be the truth. Talks will start. Because the government is asking for that and is ready for that. Once the fight starts then it is difficult for the government to wait because the previous acts of the Taliban brought out bad result. Most Taliban are students of Sami sahib. Some are students of Fazal Sahib (JUI).
    Another thing: Most people in Indo-Pakistan are Hanafis (JUI and JI etc.). There is an important teaching of Imam Abu Hanifah Rz.a. “Never rise against any established government.” Why don’t the Taliban take a lesson from that good advice?

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