Monday, May 02, 2011

Pakistan and Osama bin Laden

The  Pakistan's leaders had repeatedly denied Osama’s presence on their soil and finally when he was located, he turned out be holed up in one of country’s biggest garrison towns.

The killing of bin Laden has given India one more opportunity to point out that Pakistan continues to shelter terrorist leaders and networks.

IMO: One bad previous example would be A.Q. Kahn.

One question is whether the bin Laden killing will lead to intelligence that will help track down Zawahri and other al Qaeda leaders or operatives, whether in Pakistan or elsewhere in the world. Will there be a reprisal attack by al Qaeda? Maybe. But after all, it's already been trying to hit us. It's not as if it has shown any restraint.

The larger challenge is whether we can press this gain and further dismantle al Qaeda in the Af-Pak region.

Pakistani Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Imran Khan stated that US itself has confirmed death of Osama Bin Laden and now it has no solid reason for living in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

IMO: The Taliban - in the old days of say the 1880s - could be said to have had an important role as freedom fighters against British imperialism.. Nowadays the Taliban have a bad reputation for terrorism, opressing women and so on. It is very hard to countenance statements in their favour of the kind which cricketing expert Imran Kahn is in fact making. Maybe Imran Kahn should have stuck to cricket as a hobby.

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