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    Pakistan and Taliban

    "Pakistan's economy, society and institutions are all under pressure due to increasing Talibanisation and the biggest threat to Pakistan comes from extremist Islamic forces that are gathering therein and not from India " said a former Pakistan Prime minister in a meeting with a French human rights organization.

    Pakistani liberals have long been arguing that if Pakistan continues supporting the fundamentalist terrorist organizations on its soil and the Taliban militia in Afghanistan, it would itself succumb to what they call the" Talibanisation of society". With almost 15,000 madrasas flourishing in Pakistan and propagating their brand of fundamentalist Islam, Pakistan is now confronted with an indigenous brand of extremism, terrorism and an endless bout of sectarian killings. The recent killing of 15 Shia muslims in a mosque in Malhowali Town of Attock District by activists of Sipah-e-Sahaba (an extremist Sunni muslim outfit) and the killing of Waqar Hussain Naqvi, a leading Shia lawyer, along with his 18 year old son and their driver in a broad daylight assault in southern Karachi are stark reminders of the abyss of terrorism that Pakistan has plunged into. With the democratic establishment throttled due to the coup by Pak Army on 12 October and the latter's avowed support to the terrorist organizations on its soil, the question confronting the world and perhaps Pakistan itself today is that, will any regime at all in the country succeed to dismount from the Tiger of terrorism that it has been riding. To talk of eliminating this fundamentalist brand of terrorism remains a paradox as Pakistan continues to churn out more and more trained terrorists for the purported Jihad in support of its concept of Ummah - an Islamic world without frontiers.


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