The peace talks cha­rade

Southasia - - CONTENTS - Anum Fa­tima Pe­shawar, Pak­istan

The cha­rade that is tak­ing place in Pak­istan un­der the guise of ‘talks’ with the Tal­iban is be­wil­der­ing. The govern­ment has re­port­edly re­leased 12 (24 ac­cord­ing to some me­dia re­ports) ‘ non­com­bat­ant’ Tal­iban pris­on­ers. What the coun­try got in re­turn was a num­ber of bomb blasts in dif­fer­ent cities in which many in­no­cent people were killed. None of the hostages in the Tal­iban’s cus­tody, in­clud­ing Pro­fes­sor Aj­mal Khan, Shah­baz Taseer and Ali Musa Gi­lani, were re­leased in ex­change. So what ex­actly is go­ing on?

The pris­on­ers re­leased by the govern­ment were ‘Tal­iban’ pris­on­ers for a rea­son. They were not or­di­nary crim­i­nals. The law-en­force­ment agencies must have had some rea­son to ar­rest them. Now that they are free, God knows what havoc they will wreak. An­a­lysts have been cry­ing them­selves hoarse about the dan­gers of talk­ing to the mil­i­tants from a po­si­tion of weak­ness. And now we have seen the re­sult of do­ing so. Should we brace our­selves for more vi­o­lence in the days to come?

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