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Imran Khan: Pakistan will implode if the US does not leave Afghanistan

Pakistan will implode if the US does not leave Afghanistan

The continuing US presence in Afghanistan fuels extremism in neighbouring Pakistan
Imran Khan, The Guardian

The assassination of Salmaan Taseer has shown only too clearly the growing extremism in Pakistan, the radicalisation of its society and the polarisation that is taking hold. This is not just between the religious and the secular, but also the polarisation that the "war on terror" has caused between the various religious sects.

There were no Pakistanis involved in 9/11 and al-Qaida was then based in Afghanistan. The only militancy we were suffering was among the tribal groups who had fought against the Soviets and whose idea of jihad was a war against foreign occupation. Yes, there was sectarian violence, but suicide bombers were unheard of.

So after 9/11, when General Musharraf chose to ally with the Americans in the "war on terror", it was a fundamental blunder. Overnight he turned the jihadi groups created to fight foreign occupation from supporters into enemies, people prepared to fight the Pakistani army because of its support for the US invasion.

Musharraf then made a second mistake in sending the army into the tribal areas. Our own tribespeople immediately rose up in revolt. Rather than co-opting these people – and, remember, every man is armed – we made new enemies. Then along came the American drones to kill more of our people. Soon, the American "war on terror" was seen as a war on Islam by the majority of Pakistanis and certainly by the Pashtuns in the tribal areas. Terror and extremism intensified.

Every year extremism gets worse, our society becomes more radicalised and the bloodshed grows. This is how you must see the context of this assassination. Society is now so polarised that because Taseer criticised the blasphemy law he was seen as criticising Islam. But that was not what he said. This assassination would not have happened before the "war on terror".

Imams of different sects are being killed now, and mosques and churches bombed. The fanaticism keeps getting worse. As disturbing as Taseer's assassination is, just as disturbing is the way his assassin has become a hero. That is why this whole thing is so dangerous, it shows where we are headed.

I have been predicting this from day one. There is no military solution in Afghanistan, only dialogue, so the supreme irony is that in siding with the Americans all we have done is send the levels of violence up in Pakistan. The "war on terror" has weakened the state and then, thanks to the George Bush-sponsored National Reconciliation Ordinance in 2007, which allowed an amnesty for all the biggest political crooks, we now have the most corrupt government in our history. The "war on terror" is destroying Pakistan.

Clemenceau once said: "War is too important to be left to the generals." He was right; for us it has been a disaster. There is incredible anti-American sentiment here, and the drone attacks only fuel that hatred. We need a change of strategy, otherwise the worst-case scenario will be achieved here; an unstable nuclear state.

It's not a question of there being no room for moderates, it's that moderates are being pushed towards extremism. Taseer didn't say anything anti-Islamic, he just questioned the blasphemy law and whether it should be used to victimise innocent people. His death has caused many moderates to think there is no point in being a martyr. If it makes people such as myself think twice about what we say, then where does that leave us? We are all now at risk.

Crime in Pakistan is now at a level that breaks all records. Yet 60% of the elite police forces are now employed protecting VIPs. Where does that leave ordinary people? Young Pakistanis are being radicalised and the Taliban grow in strength. The US is no longer fighting just the Taliban, it is fighting the whole Pashtun population.

The consequences for Pakistan, with its population of 180 million, are enormous. And there is an impact, too, on Muslim youth in western countries. Graham Fuller, the CIA chief of staff in Kabul, wrote in 2007 that, if Nato left Afghanistan, Pakistan security forces could overcome terrorism and extremism. But, as long as the Americans push Pakistan to do more in the tribal areas, the situation will worsen – until Pakistan itself implodes.


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Added: Jan-9-2011 
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  • It imploded, popped up, imploded and popped up time and again lol. This state reminds me of "whack a mole", only the "moles" are Pakistani attempts to progress and the "whackers" are Pakistani and foreign Islamists.

    They are just playing the "blame the US game". I mean seriously?!! How long has Pakistan been a tumultuous shithole?? And now all of a sudden the excuse is that "it will become another shitty habitat" for Islamists, and implode if More..

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  • No, Crapistan will implode because it's full of fuking Savages that's why.

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  • Islam is what's killing Pakistan not us ass raping their dumb ass muslim terorist neighbors to the west in Afghanistan

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  • What a scat hole.

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  • islam is destroying pakistan all by itsself... they need not blame anyone else for their suicide.

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    • obviously the only strategy is to play them off against each other. Pakistan's obsession with the Kashmir region is a mystery to me yet they'd go to war over this mountainous wasteland tomorow. And that's just the beginning of their crazy thinking.

      An islamic country armed with nukes - that's scary. One day they might decide they've gotten a vision from Allah and launch the nukes just for kicks. I've read we have a special huge commando force ready to go 24/7 to take over or neutralize Pa More..

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  • Great news!!! Hopefully the Taliban get a hold of the nukes so we can nuke the whole fucking place!

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    • @natej740 That's what Israel has brainwashed you into believing, and that's what Israel WANTS to do.

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  • good

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  • So?

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  • who cares, just more filthy ignorant muslims to kill

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  • Funny how it's always somebody else who is responsible for these people decapitating each other and blowing up random innocent pedestrians every day. It's not radical Islam, it's America causing it. *eye roll*

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  • let it implode

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    • They have nukes and if it implodes it will be ruled by religious extremists that are willing to commit suicide for their cause. Not a good sign when Pakistan contains and is surrounded by F'd up Islamists that grew up indoctrinated into hating the West by Islamic madrassas along the border with Afghanistan.

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  • Pakistani's are getting desperate...not a good sign

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    • Pakistan's military is like a state within a state. If the extremists threaten the military power structure, they'll kill them. This article is just garden variety America-bashing de jour. The writer is using a false Pakistan arguement to argue against U.S. policy in Afghanistan.

      As NATO makes more and more progress in Afghanistan in 2011, we should hear the world's America-haters become more and more shrill in their denunciations of America.

      These haters don't care about terrorism, More..

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    • Seriously, Imran Khan can't really be described as an outright 'America-hater'

      He's right on the democratic, non-fanatic side of Pakistani politics and has a Jewish wife

      A lot of educated Pakistani's will now argue that the war on their borders is stretching the sinews of the sociey to the limits.
      But I know, its screwed already...

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    • Exactly...

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    • Wouldn't Omar and Laden "parading into Kabul" be a good thing? At least you would know where they were.




      And knowing where they were IS the policy of the US military/govt. The premise was that the US led invasion would kill Laden and we'd all be home for tea and crumpets by christimas. (Does that ring any bells with you? Hint: trench warfare and lots of mud)

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  • Good! hope u do implode. fuckin take out a couple of crappy countries with ya when u lob those nukes..PLEASE.

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  • THAT is finally a valid reason to stay in Afghanistan.Send special forces to scoop up the nukes and Pakistan can go fuck itself

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  • It is not pakistan it is PORKISTAN.

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  • Pakistan will implode if the Saudi's don't stop funding extremist madrassa's

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  • Highly agreed ^^

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  • East Israel(pakistan) days of glory is over. Once it could make billions for supporting terrorists. Today USA is no longer support terrorist but kill them which is a good sign for afghans and people of the world.
    I really hope the same situation come to west israel(located in midle east). No more religion based country for a secular world.
    yahoooooo.

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  • Every four years the USA has an election, every two years Pakistan has it's government overthrown.

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  • "There were no Pakistanis involved in 9/11 and al-Qaida was then based in Afghanistan." Apart from that general that accepted bribes from joe biden on september 10th.

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  • The Elite want to make a conclusion so there would be a major war. Dont you understand who is suffering those who fucking serve in the military!

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