More on Taleban talks

During the height of the cold war, the attitude of the Russians was, “What’s mine is mine, what’s yours is negotiable”.

This is exactly what the Taleban are saying to us. They want the state to stop arresting militants and to ignore the repeated suicide bombing of our cities and killing of our policemen and soldiers. As Gen Pervez Musharraf once said, “There is no use talking to them, they think they are right and everyone else is wrong.”

We all knew that these talks would serve no purpose other than allow the Taleban to regroup and capture more territory, which will happen when their demand for withdrawal of the army from Waziristan is accepted. Those who favour talks should realise that if the war is lost, it’s the people who will suffer, since the politicians will flee to safe havens where they have property and huge bank accounts.

Shakir Lakhani, Karachi
Published in Khaleej Times, February 16th, 2014.