Comments on: Assessing stability in Pakistan’s heartland Punjab http://blogs.reuters.com/pakistan/2009/07/07/assessing-stability-in-pakistans-heartland-punjab/ Perspectives on Pakistan Thu, 01 Oct 2015 19:31:05 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Hasham Baber http://blogs.reuters.com/pakistan/2009/07/07/assessing-stability-in-pakistans-heartland-punjab/comment-page-1/#comment-22500 Mon, 14 Sep 2009 01:28:12 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/pakistan/?p=3074#comment-22500 While Punjab though not in the public limelight, has become a safe haven for the religious militants and provide a condusive environment for their capacity building, we must not ignore those who may be mentoring or ignoring their activities. The safe havens for the militants in FATA are, indeed, subject to severe public exposure by Afghanistan, U.S., NATO forces and the secular political parties in the NWFP. But this is not the case for the Punjab (Indian hue and cry is likely to be publicly ignored and dubbed as anti Pakistan rhetoric). Actively, the religious and perhaps passively the centre right political parties in the Punjab may be giving effective cover to these outfits. Regards.

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By: Patrick http://blogs.reuters.com/pakistan/2009/07/07/assessing-stability-in-pakistans-heartland-punjab/comment-page-1/#comment-19583 Fri, 10 Jul 2009 18:16:36 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/pakistan/?p=3074#comment-19583 ISI’s double gameUS death toll at 647, NATO at 1450 …”Pakistan’s military has declared that not only is it in contact with Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar but that it can bring him and other commanders to the negotiating table with the United States”http://edition.cnn.com/2009/WORLD  /asiapcf/07/10/pakistan.taliban.omar/#c nnSTCText

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By: Praveen http://blogs.reuters.com/pakistan/2009/07/07/assessing-stability-in-pakistans-heartland-punjab/comment-page-1/#comment-19496 Wed, 08 Jul 2009 03:53:30 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/pakistan/?p=3074#comment-19496 Why attack Lahore?http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_ asia/7972565.stmBanned Pakistani groups ‘expand’http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south _asia/81 25039.stmSupporting any terrorist groups will only compound the issues, now or later. I do not understand, how the pakistani govt and people are able to support these activities, especially the beasts who go on killing sprees on innocent civilians.Lets just hope some sense prevails and Pakistan spends and concentrates on issues critical to people like Business, Trade, Infrastructure, Education instead of mobilising terrorists, atleast take some lessons on Taliban. I just hope they get a great visionary leader, who can lead the people in these troubled times…

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By: Kalsoom http://blogs.reuters.com/pakistan/2009/07/07/assessing-stability-in-pakistans-heartland-punjab/comment-page-1/#comment-19489 Tue, 07 Jul 2009 21:33:05 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/pakistan/?p=3074#comment-19489 I don’t know how helpful this is, but I wrote a post on Demystifying the Punjabi Taliban and it has some good links in there (specifically to Hassan Abbas’s piece in the CTC Sentinel): http://changinguppakistan.wordpress.com/ 2009/05/28/lahores-bombing-demystifying- the-taliban/

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By: Global Watcher http://blogs.reuters.com/pakistan/2009/07/07/assessing-stability-in-pakistans-heartland-punjab/comment-page-1/#comment-19488 Tue, 07 Jul 2009 20:29:51 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/pakistan/?p=3074#comment-19488 http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/14/world/ asia/14punjab.html?_r=1&hpMyra,The New York Times has posted an article suggesting that the Taliban may have made deep inroads into Punjab.I have ready many articles and most of them claim to say that the Punjabi Police force is incapable of dealing with an Urban insurgency, if it were to happen. The police are poorly paid, easily compromised, undermanned, underarmed and many times simply corrupt, because life is tough and money is hard to come by.I have also ready that the Pak Military is not trained in urban warfare. Punjab in essence has a huge lack of security “backbone” and therefore potentially rife for a possible Taliban insurgency there.In the words of a punjabi police officer:“I don’t think a lot of people understand the gravity of the issue,” said a senior police official in Punjab, who declined to be idenfitied because he was discussing threats to the state. “If you want to destabilize Pakistan, you have to destabilize Punjab.”It is a far stretch to say this, but I think you can consider Punjab visually destablized, as soon as Droning of High Value targets happens in Punjab, this will be the indicator that Pakistan has already been destablized, before the droning begins.

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