I suppose we should have expected it after the ignominious withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan. The Taliban's Pakistan branch (TTP) slowly recaptured parts of the country from which it had been expelled by the army. Now that the militants are back, the civilians in the affected areas are in a state of panic, as they remember their previous rule. They do not recognize the Constitution of the country, and (like their Afghan brothers) consider women to be slaves who should be locked up in their houses. They have also threatened to carry out attacks in the rest of the country.

There is only one thing to do: fight them and send them back to Afghanistan. But the question is: will the state do it? I don't have the stats, but I think eight out of ten males in the northern parts of the country would support the Taliban in an election. Females, of course, would oppose them (if they're allowed to vote, that is).

We are in for bad times if the Taliban are allowed to take over Waziristan, Swat and the rest of KP. Only God can help us now. It would be easier to defend the country against Indians, but victory against the Taliban will be hard to achieve.