Time to fight
Brian Cloughley’s analysis of defense ties between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in his article ‘The Military Factor’ was an in-depth look at how the relations between the two countries have developed over the years. The people of Sri Lanka acknowledge the services of Pakistan’s armed forces, especially the Pakistan Air Force, in Sri Lanka’s fight against insurgency. People may criticize the Rajapaksa government for taking a brutal military action against Tamil rebels but only those who have lived in those turbulent times know how hard life was. People lived in constant fear. There was no security of life. No one knew when and where a suicide bomber would blow himself up, killing many people within seconds. It does not happen anymore. There is peace in our small country and we value it. That’s why we are grateful for Pakistan’s assistance in our war.
And that was why I couldn’t help wonder why Pakistan was unable to deal with its militancy problem despite having such strong armed forces. Terrorists, it seemed, were free to wreak havoc. I am glad that the government has finally decided to go after the terrorists with full might. It is the right way if Pakistan wants to be free from militancy and extremism.
Colombo, Sri Lanka