Time to fight

Southasia - - EDITOR’S MAIL -

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.

Sri­mavo Wick­remesinghe

Colombo, Sri Lanka

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