Posted on June 15, 2009
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9 responses to “Decisive offensive against Baitullah Mehsud?”

  1. Aqil says:

    There needs to be a decisive operation against Baitullah sooner or later. The only question is that of timing.

    Arguments in favour of doing it now:
    Since the Taliban are on the run in Swat and have already been given a beating in Bajaur, this is the right time to build on the advantage. The public opinion is also in favour of military action against Baitullah and finally the people are supporting the army. Delaying action could give the fighters on the run from Swat an opportunity to regroup to put up a bigger fight in Waziristan, making it harder for the military to take out Baitullah’s forces.

    Arguments in favour of carrying out this operation at a later time:
    Since there are already millions of displaced refugees from Swat, immediately going into Waziristan would make the humanitarian situation even harder to manage. Therefore, the govt should delay action in Waziristan untill the refugees from Swat start returning. Also, starting too many operations at the same time can overstretch the military.

  2. Meengla says:

    1) As I see it, finally the ‘Moderate’ Talibans are being almost given birth against the ‘Extremist’ Talibans. We may remember Musharraf’s press conferences with Powell post-911 where Mush managed to get Powell’s public support for the ‘Moderate’ Talibans in the new Afghan setup but that did not materialize then.
    2) Divide the militants by pouring in money to different factions as well as decimating other factions–a la Iraq post-2006 and the results are already in front. There is no question that in at least short term the ‘extremist’ Talibans are going to get a severe beating and will see crippling loss of territory and influence. Perhaps even a mortal blow.
    3) It may have taken the flogging of the 19-year old girl to finally change the public opinion but then equally horrible incidents did not move the people: Lal Masjid goons, the Marriot bombing, the Benazir Assassination….. What has really turned the tide against the militants militants now? I don’t know. Perhaps the national consensus through an elected parliament. Perhaps the tipping point has reached….? Perhaps Buner was being too close to Islamabad…? Perhaps some ‘re-assurances’ from Obama to the Pakistani govt. and Army vis a vis India?
    4) Of course there needs to be extreme caution in pampering up one group of militants against the other. “He who fights the monsters should see to it then he does not become one himself. And when you look into an abyss the abyss also looks onto you”. (F. Nietzsche. Paraphrased).
    5) It gives me no joy to see even the extremist militants being slaughtered. So I shall not personally wish death upon anyone. These misguided human beings too were once loved by their parents, played cricket, and may have even listened to Iqbal or Faiz or Noor Jehan….Let’s not wish for anyone’s death.

    Good luck Pakistani Nation and Pakistani Military.

  3. readinglord says:

    It was over 70 years ago that the British army was fighting with Faqir Ippi leading the very Mehsud Tribe now led by Baitullah Mehsud. How the history is repeating itself today. The Pak army is today fighting the Mehsud Taliban with the help mainly of the American and the British armies and the governments. I wonder if this tribal area will ever remain a lawless region (commonly called ‘Yakistan’) providing hotbed for international terroristic activities when ,ironically, their representatives sit in our National Assembly as law-makers for us. The British pampered them by their ‘stick and carrot’ policy for their own imperialistic agenda and today Paky government is doing the same by providing free electricity to the tribals by taking on itself the payment of billions of electricity charges due to them. Why not put an end to all this and make the tribals as responsible citizens of Pakistan or let them form an independent government which can be dealt with politically and diplomatically. It is perhaps time to think about it and solve this problem for ever politically.

  4. Ghazala Khan says:

    How foolish and greedy, the Taliban in Swat have proved. They had got an ideal deal out of their militant activities and they had literally succeeded in blackmailing the government, and they had a dream come true and they had their parrallel government in the whole of Malakand Agency, an arrangement they really couldn