Conspiracy theories and fighting the Taliban

KARACHI: With reference to your editorial “Taking on the Taliban” (October 16), it is indeed distressing to see perfectly normal people saying that the attempted murder of Malala Yousufzai was carried out by government agencies/the CIA, etc., to divert attention from — among other things — the sacrilegious video that created such a furore last month and aroused the ire of Muslims throughout the world.

As ‘proof’, they say that this incident would justify the government’s decision to either support drone attacks or launch a military operation in North Waziristan. A photo of the poor child sitting at a table with a foreigner is also being circulated on the internet to prove that she is an American agent. Mind you, these people are not fanatics. Some of them are my friends, men and women, who read international newspapers and watch BBC, CNN and the Discovery channel. We have sunk so low that we cannot openly blame the Tehreeke-e-Taliban Pakistan, despite there being all the evidence in the world that they are the ones who have been burning girls’ schools and preventing them from acquiring education. Shame on us!

Shakir Lakhani

Published in The Express Tribune, October 20th, 2012.