The peace talks charade
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?