Monday, October 30, 2006

Bashing Pakistan

One of my Pakistani friends has pointed to a recent editorial in the Pakistani press, in which the author points to the new criticism of Pakistan as a "media's sensationalist herd mentality" in its blaming of Pakistan for the resurgence of the Taliban in Afghanistan. For many in the West it is impossible to conceive that Pakistan has been unable to get control of the "anti-Western forces" within its territory. The Pakistani view is that the failures of the West are to blame for the rise of the Taliban. Western policies have alienated many of the Pashtuns. Perhaps this is also a sign of the future, in that the U.S. might be able to externally influence the situation in a post-Karzai Afghanistan only through measured blackmail and intimidation tactics to induce Pakistani cooperation.

Bashing Pakistan
Published: September 2006 (The News International)

It seems no matter what we [Pakistan] do as a country in the context of the war on terror, we will continue to be the West's
whipping boy -- especially the US media.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I agree with Dr Mazari. No other country has done as much as has Pakistan in war on terror. Still, the country is facing criticism. The criticsm has nothing to do with the role of Pakistan but it is to shed responsibility of failure in Afghanistan.