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Let Pakistanis deal with the Taliban

Regarding the April 24 editorial, "A Swat down for Pakistan – and Obama": The editorial contends that, "The deal reveals a strange unwillingness by Pakistan's 500,000-strong Army to confront the violent jihadists that pose an existential threat to this country's democracy, just as Al Qaeda's headquarters in Pakistan still pose a threat to the West." It is not as if the Pakistan Army has refused to fight these thugs. It was the Zardari administration, egged on by their secular-nationalist coalition partners, the Awami National Party, that negotiated and then advocated for a peace deal with the Taliban in Swat.

Moreover, the Pakistan Army cannot be expected to bomb Pakistani civilians in the hunt for militants. In such a battle, the progress has to be slow and measured to ensure that civilians are not harmed so that more do not embrace militancy as a vehicle of revenge. Moreover, a national consensus has to be built to effectively address the problem of militancy. Fortunately, the Taliban's own utterances and savage practices have done wonders for building a national consensus against these barbarians.


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