‘An Appendage Of The Al Qaeda, The Taliban Now Has Its Own Agenda For Pakistan’
Ahmed Rashid, author of a book on the Taliban, tells HARINDER BAWEJA (of Tehleka.com) that even India needs to worry enormously
How do you read the ceasefire pact with the Taliban?
Would you see it as a surrender? Some strategic experts are talking in terms of the Zardari dispensation having surrendered to the Taliban.
Does the word balkanisation come to mind when you think of the ground situation?
Does it bother you that Pakistan and Afghanistan are now being mentioned together?
Would you say that the Taliban has succeeded in imposing their ideology and political agenda through the barrel of a gun?
Could you briefly describe life in the Swat valley in terms of the parallel judiciary, women in burqas, no music, no barber shops…
Who would you say is in control? Is it the Prime Minister? Is it the President?
Was the army having a tough time handling the Taliban militarily, having played a role in its creation in the first place?
They are literally 150km from Islamabad. Right?
So deal or no deal, ceasefire or no ceasefire, the situation remains pretty serious and alarming.
Isn’t it ironic that the Zardari dispensation is on the verge of signing a pact with the Taliban, which includes Baitullah Mehsud, accused of masterminding Benazir Bhutto’s assassination?
So what were the compulsions for going ahead with the ceasefire if one were to specifically see it from the PPP’s point of view?
The PPP has only just completed a year in power and they are already on the verge of a pact with the Taliban?
So are you amazed a little by the US reaction to the ceasefire because they are not openly opposing it, saying the Sharia is part of Pakistan’s Constitution?
To what extent should India worry?
From Tehelka Magazine, Vol 6, Issue 9, Dated Mar 07, 2009