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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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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