Taliban step over the line and Pakistan fights back

In places like Pakistan they don’t do slacktivisim, when they get mad at people, like the Taliban cowards who killed innocent kids and teachers in a school, they get even.

And the Taliban, who once enjoyed safe havens in Pakistan are now being slaughtered…and run out of the country.

Pakistan has finally taken a stand against the terrorists.

The grief has given way to rage. Three days after Pakistan suffered its worst ever terrorist attack, with the massacre of 132 schoolchildren in Peshawar, the country has hit back.

In the tribal areas of North Waziristan and Khyber along the Afghan border, Pakistani jets strafed militant targets as troops combated militants on the ground. The military says that it has killed 77 as the assault presses on. For days, Pakistanis in major cities held candlelit vigils, placing flowers under portraits of the pupils who were killed in their school on Tuesday. Yesterday, they took to the streets to protest against pro-Taliban preachers and declare their resolve to end the threat that the militants pose.

Schools and colleges across the country have been closed until the new year. Major cities were on high alert yesterday amid fears that the Taliban will try and make good on its intention to slaughter more innocents. “We are bracing for another attack,” Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Pakistan’s Defence Minister, told The Independent.

“There are reports that Punjab and other provinces are also threatened by terrorists – particularly soft targets like schools, public places where there is low security.”   

The leader of the group that carried out the massacre has issued a warning. “If our women and children die as martyrs, your children will not escape,” Umar Mansoor warned. In the past, such threats provoked a terrified silence. No longer. In Islamabad, hundreds gathered outside the Red Mosque where extremist preacher Maulana Abdul Aziz is based. In recent days, he had been much in evidence on television supporting the Taliban.

“We are reclaiming our mosques,” Jibran Nasir, the organiser of the protest toldThe Independent. “These are our houses of worship and they should represent our concerns and not that of our enemies.” They came bearing signs, “Go Taliban Go” and “Apologists are the enemy”. One sign said, “Run, burka, run”. It was a reference to when Mr Abdul Aziz fled a military offensive against the Red Mosque in 2007 disguised in a burka. Others chanted, “Taseer is alive, is alive” – a reference to Salmaan Taseer, the governor of Punjab who was killed by a zealot for defending a Christian woman accused of blasphemy.

Similar protests took place in Peshawar and the largest city of Karachi in the south. In Gujranwala, protesters held signs that bore feelings of vengeance. “The only good Taliban is a dead Taliban,” one said. Political and military leaders met yesterday to chalk out a strategy. A committee has also been established to devise an “action plan” that will have the consent of all of Pakistan’s political parties.

“We are trying to devise a joint strategy with the Afghan government,” Mr Asif said. “Unless the two act in unison there won’t be peace in either country. This terrorism has to finish. The only way we can finish it is by joint action on both sides.”

Time’s up for the Taliban…killing women, children and teachers has been the step too far.

No doubt Keith Locke and Russel Norman will start calling for hugs and cuddles all round for the poor mis-undertood Taliban heroes who can’t win wars except against defenceless children.

The Pakistanis are right…the only good Taliban, is a dead Taliban.

 

– NZ Herald

 

 


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  • MaryLou

    It’s a good case point for those who want to undermine the GCSB etc. Pakistan has been more accommodating of the Taleban than anyone, yet they’re not immune from the most horrendous of attacks. Head down, tail up just doesn’t save you.

    If the Afghans and the Pakistani’s can work together – who knows? They might even be able to finally deal with this threat. Best we all do the same.

  • Lemuzz

    Now would be a good time for the rest of the world join and fund the eradication of extremist terrorists.

    • MaryLou

      We’d have to be careful about funding it. Seems like the West has at one point or another, funded most of the terrorist groups that are now calling us their enemy! I’m all for working together, but there does seem some merit in letting everybody tackle it within their own sphere of influence – assuming of course, that they’re willing and able

      • Lemuzz

        If the terrorists are fighting for their survival they wont be concerned with who is funding their downfall

        • MaryLou

          It’s the afterwards that is always the problem. Training and funding people who are diametrically opposed to our beliefs and way of life, does appear to produce some difficulties long term

          • Mark

            I may have contributed funds during the 80’s to those Afgans killing commies,I can live with that. But yes we need a different approach.

          • Bob D

            In that case you may, along with the US government, have funded Al-Qaeda, since Al-Qaeda grew directly from the Mujahideen under Usama Bin Laden.

            The Taliban, Al-Qaeda, IS are merely groups trying to fulfill the goals of Mohammed. There are plenty of others, and there will always be more that spring up.

          • Mark

            I know who I was supporting,Ahmed Shah Massoud. assassinated by the talaban. There is no doubt that some of the funds sent by the US ultimately funded Al-Qaeda.
            Hindsight is a wonderful thing.

          • MaryLou

            If Pakistan is serious about dealing with the problem i their own back yard (and it appears that they now are), I think that is the best way to deal with it. We can contribute by ensuring we keep our own back yard clean, and by ensuring we’re not exporting terrorists.

            The role I see for us overseas, is in places where the civillian poplulation is being actively slaughtered, with precisely no means of fighting back – ie the Yazidi’s and other minority groups targeted by ISIS. The Kurds seem to be doing well, the Iraqi’s seem inherently useless, but long-term our interventions seem to get us nowhere without the will and resolve of the governments in the area.

            What we do, must be targeted and well-defined

      • Michael_l_c

        Follow the money. The taliban as with isis survive because of funding. Never provide funds provide tightly run projects, employ the locals but oversee it. Supply clinics, hospitals & schools constructed in shipping containers. Create roads oversee the contracts, have the locals do the hard work. Drill wells or employ locals to dig them. Irrigation projects etc.

        • MaryLou

          Yes, I agree with all of that. Somehow the locals (ie Iraqi army) do need to learn how to win their own battles against this type of threat though, but we’ve seen what years of funding, training etc achieved – capitulation at the first sign of a gunfight.

          So – what can we do as outsiders, that is different to what has been tried before in this regard?

          • Aucky

            And wasn’t Vietnam a classic example? At the first sign of a real scrap the South Vietnamese army just folded and ran. Forty years on and the US has learned very little about training third world armies that are steeped in corruption.

          • MaryLou

            I don’t know what can be learnt, apart from it only works if the will is there already. Training the mujahideen worked well as some one else pointed out – the Taleban are good fighters. Iraq – not so much, nor the Afghani govt forces. Some one said the West were also involved with ISIS in regards to Libya, but I don’t know if that’s true or not

          • Aucky

            The big difference is that the Vietcong, Taleban & IS have a cause that they fervently believe in whereas the Vietnamese, Iraqi & Afghani troops have little to fight for other than their pittance of a pay. Would you go out and die for their corrupt officers & politicians?

          • MaryLou

            Good point. Then as outsiders, there’s little we can do until the population demand free and fair elections, and an end to internal corruption? Can it be forced?

  • Huge Media Works party last night. Gandalfs sidekick or the Feminist side of the witching hour were too drunk to show up for their shift? What does that say to our minimum wage brethren? Whether in a factory or on the set of The Lord of The Rings…do all non sports people have drinking problems????

  • john Doe

    India and Pakistan should have a truce on their border and send the 10s of thousands of crack troops from that border on a seek and destroy mission to drive these taliban scum into obscurity.

  • conwaycaptain

    Pakistan has to start educating their own and close down the Madrassas which are a breeding ground for the Taleban

  • You know when you have drunk to much…it’s when your knees smell like a hookers anus…

  • Andy

    Pakistan was lost the moment they got rid of Musharraf.
    Replacing the strong man with this terrorist loving loser Bhutto was never going to work but hey the idiots in the West knew better.
    One only needs to look at Libya, Irak and any of the other countries recently liberated by the West to see what idiots leading the so called free world.

  • intelligentes candida diva

    Clap, clap, smile, smile, smile… tis very good news.
    May their vengeance succeed in cleansing their lands of those cowards!

  • God, men are so boring.

  • taurangaruru

    Bit optimistic WO, the Pakistani military is full of Taliban sympathisers, the Pakistanis may lob a few bombs & chase them back into the hills but that is about all that will happen. Pakistan has been under serious threat of being overrun by the Taliban for a while now & the military has done little to curb the threat. This is more likely a response designed to secure more foreign aid rather than a serious attempt to squash the Taliban.

    • MaryLou

      That’s terribly pessimistic, isn’t it? The death of so many children must surely galvanise public opinion in the country as little else could. I’m going with the optimism – they might actually look to make a change now!

      • taurangaruru

        Optimism or naivety? Time will tell MaryLou but the history of Pakistan “cuddling” the Taliban suggests my pessimism is closer to reality. For the region & it’s populace let’s hope you are right & I am wrong.

  • Bart67

    Well, after the cricket series, perhaps we can extend a diplomatic tap on the shoulder, and ask if the SAS can come and play too!

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