Islamabad, The military establishment in Pakistan must wake up to the real dangers of courting the Tehreek-e-Taliban, before the entire country is swept up in a river of blood due to misplaced concreteness in the country”s policy, said an editorial in a Pakistani daily.
The Pakistani military and intelligence agencies have liked to think of the Taliban as being clearly divided into two types: the ”good” and the ”bad” Taliban, with the good ones being the establishment”s proxies, the Afghan Taliban, including the Jalaluddin Haqqani network, recruited to wage a proxy war inside Afghanistan as a counter to U.S./NATO efforts in the region, and the bad Taliban being home-grown extremists, the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, who rose up in arms after the army”s Lal Masjid raid that killed scores of madrassah students in July 2007, states the editorial.
This distinction has led to the army choosing sides but now, it seems, both sets of Taliban have become two sides of the same coin, it said.
The Taliban recently released a video showing the heads of the 17 Pakistani soldiers they ruthlessly slaughtered following a cross-border attack in the upper Dir region on Sunday. The Taliban released the video on Wednesday, proudly claiming responsibility for the killings.
The Taliban has vowed to continue targeting the Pakistani security establishment in such vicious ways until the nation stops allying with the U.S. and declares Islamic law throughout the country, it said.
The Taliban, it seems, have found sanctuary in Afghanistan”s eastern provinces, which, ironically, are under the Haqqani network”s control. All along, Pakistan”s establishment, to the detriment of the nation, has been giving safe havens to its proxies and now these same proxies seem to be returning the favour by giving shelter to the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, the enemies of the Pakistani state, it added.
It seems like Pakistan”s policy of waging proxy war by using these jihadi murderers has boomeranged to hit the country hard, it concluded.