In the article “Whither Terrorism?”, the writer states that terrorism ceases when either a terrorist organization loses its steam; is successfully put down by police action or military force or as a result of dialogue. In today’s world where sophisticated weaponry is easily available for anyone with wads of cash, attempts to solve disputes on the negotiation table can prove quite futile. Those who believe in the effectiveness of dialogue give the example of the U.S. While it is true that the U.S. was eventually forced to initiate dialogue with the same Taliban it had been fighting against for more than ten years in Afghanistan, this case should be seen in isolation.
The Afghan Taliban have been fighting against a foreign occupation and this makes their case completely different from that of Pakistan’s. The Taliban in Pakistan have waged a ‘jihad’ against their country’s elected government. They do not believe in the Constitution of Pakistan despite the fact that its core article, the Objectives Resolution proclaims, among other things, that sovereignty belong to God alone. We are already suffering much in terms of men and materials at the hands of terrorists. We should not lose any more territory – geographical or ideological – to them.
Daud A. Khan Peshawar, Pakistan