Posted on May 3, 2011
Filed Under >Adil Najam, Foreign Relations, Law & Justice, Politics
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92 responses to “Uncomfortable Silence: Pakistan After Bin Laden”

  1. nusrat says:

    i am an ethnic kashmiri muslim [shia; i mention this because in indian kashmir, as in pakistan, it matters…a lot] from india. i was 15 when terrorists,reared and fattened in pakistan, started crossing over into indian kashmir in 1988-89; as you may have heard or read, 80 – 100 thousand indians have died since and nearly half a million kashmiri hindus and muslims have been rendered refugees in their own country. to be fair most of the 80-100 thousand deaths occurred due to the heavy handed reaction to terrorism from india’s security forces.

    kashmir’s syncretic lifestyle, which had withstood even 1947’s ugly bloodletting, was torn to shreds – the entire hindu [pandit ] population of kashmir was ethnicallly cleansed from the land of their ancestors in a matter of months. more than 3000 year old kashmiri pandit culture was put on the fast track to oblivion in a matter of months in 1989 – thanks to pakistani government’s [civilians & military ] plan for making kashmir purely islamic, and then snatching from indian grasp, as if kashmir were a plaything in the indian “child’s” hands.
    two decades on india, while not ceding an inch, has become an important and influential member of global political, economic order, and as for pakistan……we all know and fear its trajectory all too well.

    i, among millions of like minded ethnic kashmiris, am heart broken over my state’s plight, for which i place the blame squarely on the shoulder’s of pakistani rulers of last two decades.

    i wrote the refresher above only to make the following point: compared to the hell unleashed by pakistani rulers in my homeland, kashmir, what india is purportedly doing in balochistan is a walk in the park.
    and to be honest, many kashmiris, who have lost their entire families – some to indian security forces, others to pakistan trained terrorists – would have preferred a more equitable response from their government.

  2. Mohammed says:

    Osama Bin Laden was not the only major terrorist sheltered in Pakistan. Even now, the following major terrorists are being sheltered and supported in Pakistan.

    * Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, Head Of Lashkar-e-Taiba who was responsible for the terrorist attacks in Bombay on 11/26/2008 lives openly and recently gave public speech praising Osama Bin Laden.
    * Dawood Ibrahim, the under-ground terrorist leader who was responsible for multiple terrorist bomb attacks in Bombay on 3/12/1993 lives openly in Karachi and is even planning a lavish wedding for his son this month.
    * Jalaluddin Haqqani and his son Sirajuddin Haqqani, fundamentalist Taliban commanders of Haqqani network fighting Afghan and American forces.
    * Mullah Mohammed Omar, the head of Afghanistan’s ousted Taliban regime.

    The fact that Osama Bin Laden was living close to Pakistan’s capital Islamabad adjacent to major military establishments shows that he had high level political and intelligence support in Pakistan. Those intelligence, military and political leaders of Pakistan responsible for sheltering and supporting terrorists should be questioned and held responsible for their criminal actions.