My letter in the NewsPost today on CM Punjab, Shahbaz Sharif’s ‘request’ to the Taliban to stop attacking Punjab for they are on the same page:
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Shahbaz Sharif’s recent statement asking the Taliban not to attack Punjab, for they and the PML-N were on the same page as far as the war on terror was concerned, is utterly irresponsibly. The Taliban are not bothered about Musharraf. All that they are concerned about is their version of Islam and power. How can a political leader share the views of the murderers of his people who have shaken the whole country? The Taliban are criminals who have committed crimes far bigger than stashing bucks in Swiss accounts. Are the lives of the people of other parts of Pakistan not important?
This seemed like provincialism about which Jinnah had said: “You must learn to distinguish between your love for your province and your love and duty to your state as a whole. Our duty to the state takes us a stage beyond provincialism… our duty to the state comes first: our duty to our province, to our district, to our town, and to our village and ourselves comes next”. Sharif should have shunned the Taliban in his speech rather than trying to soothe them and tell them that he was on their side.