Pakistan pummelled

If Pakistan doesn’t go after the jihadis now…

Any sensible government would respond to the kind of pummelling Pakistan has received at the hands of its jihadis this week by going on an all out campaign to pulverise its attackers. In Pakistan’s case, the sensibility of the government vitally depends on the sensibility of the top leadership of the army.

No, it’s not only about a military offensive in Waziristan, but a real nationwide crackdown against all jihadi groups.

But don’t hold your breath.

10 thoughts on “Pakistan pummelled”

  1. Yes you are right any sensible government then why are you counting Pakistan in it?

    I was expecting blame on India, from a government spokesperson strange to see it coming from Pak Police. Wait till their media exaggerate things and show the complete strategy as

  2. This one is funny no matter how grim it is (from a Daily Times report)

    Meanwhile, a Taliban group also sent two letters to the Lahore Press Club – one on October 12 and the other on October 14 – warning that if the media “does not stop portraying us as terrorists … we will blow up offices of journalists and media organisations”.

    Kinda like “firings will continue till morale improves” 🙂

  3. Nitin

    For the benefit of those of us who don’t have your analytical powers, can you make a lengthy post on the exact behavioral model of Pakistan that you are operating from?

    I’ll try my hand at the contours – Pak army nurtures jihadi movement for proxy war against soviets, then redirects them to india, using Afghanistan as an operational advantage. Jihadis increasingly get out of hand, and America finally notices that they are against its own interests as well.
    Can you fill in the rest for us?
    Example: Are subsequent US administrations naive? They must surely know whats been going on? DO they trust the generals more than the populist democrats? Do they not care that all their aid has been wasted? Do they care to actually balance out Indian power and are only making positive noises for the cameras?
    What about the present Pak leadership, is there a genuine power struggle between populist democrats and jihadi/military complex? do they have the same anti-india and anti-US interests and so this doesnt matter for us?


  4. There is no conceivable scenario where Pakistan can be compelled to stop supporting India-centric terrorists.
    A visit to various Pakistani blogs and forums is extremely revealing. All of them, down to a person, believe that India finances and arms the TTP. In their minds, this justifies support for LeT. If somehow the TTP were to be completely eliminated, Pakistan’s national myth making exercises will raise other Indian bogeymen.

  5. Nitin,

    “Any sensible government would respond to the kind of pummelling Pakistan has received”

    Of course…
    cough… cough… 26/11… cough.

    I am not saying that the Indian response was not good. In fact I think the diplomatic offensive did in the least portray the seriousness of the Indian Govt. However it could do little else given the more complex situation. Each country has its own constraints.

    The internal offensive against ‘civilians’ that Pakistan needs to fix this issue is may very well push more fence sitters to the other side. Isn’t this in a way analogous to the goose-stepping that India is doing when it comes to the Naxals. I mean all the talk about ‘disillusioned people’ and ‘govt not reaching the masses’ stuff? One point to note that PC started making noises only after a Congress state was attacked.

  6. Nitin,

    How does all this square with the “military-jihadi” complex that is so often talked about. What kind of complex is it that attacks itself and the police and paramilitary forces to boot.

    If these are genuine attacks and they seem to be- no ketchup involved- maybe some of the attacks on Mush in the last few years were serious too. They were being dismissed as Hollywood-style SFX IIRC.


  7. @pradeep: “I am not saying that the Indian response was not good.” — really, what did we achieve? The real extraordinary success of manmohan admin was to lower everyone’s expectations so far low, that getting pakistan to obliquely admit to something everyone and his mother knows, was passed off as a great diplomatic victory for india. Wow… so is india safer now? have the perpetrators been brought to justice? will they be? is india’s security profile stronger now? Congress is good at nothing if not at managing expectations (and images).. got to give it to them. Real work is for suckers

  8. I am deeply appalled…and might I add amused, at the Indian psyche and analysis of events portrayed here. And seeing that my last comment with absolutely no offensive words but just a counter analysis was not published by the administrator, I would think this wouldn’t be either. But still, hoping against hope that some sort of contrary opinion is allowed to be published by the admin here. Cheers

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