PESHAWAR, PAKISTAN – It is generally a good idea to figure out whom to call your friends; counting terrorists among them is not a great idea.
Isn’t Pakistan an interesting country? Half of the former British Raj which is Muslim-dominant – the other half is of course Hindu-majority India – has nuclear weapons, has been run historically by military dictators, and has meddled in its immediate neighbourhood (including the sponsorship of Islamist terrorist groups which have carried out mass casualty attacks in India).
Another thing Pakistan has done which is anything but helpful is its involvement in Afghanistan. While it is true that there are ethnic similarities between the two nations, it is also true that it has bedded down with terrorist groups in that nation as well: namely the Taliban. Without getting into the weeds too much, there is the so-called Afghan Taliban and the Pakistani Taliban.
One would assume that the ‘Pakistani’ Taliban would owe some debt to Pakistan and not bite the hand that feeds you. And you would be wrong.
On this day in 2012
The airport is closed and the lights have been turned off.Spokesman for the Civil Aviation Authority
This attack is one of many carried out by the Taliban on Pakistani territory. You would think this would lead Pakistani authorities to re-think their chumminess with these terrorists. You would think…
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