- Alok Bansal
Recent developments in Pakistan after the killing of Hakimullah Mehsud, the leader of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), in a drone attack by the US on 01 November 13, exhibit the growing radicalisation in Pakistan.
They have brought to fore the growing fissures between the Islamists and the Army which has traditionally nurtured them.
Hakimullah's killing elicited a very strong anti-US reaction from Pakistan's interior minister, who criticised the US for sabotaging the on-going peace talks with the TTP.Click here to read story in single page
He completely overlooked the fact that Hakimullah was a proclaimed offender and the government had a 50 million rupee price on Hakimullah's head.
Imran Khan, whose Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaaf (PTI) is competing with the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) to occupy the rightist political space in Pakistan went a step ahead and threatened to block the NATO supplies, as the provincial government in Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa is headed by his party.
However, it was Syed Munawar Hassan, Jamaat-e-Islami leader, who took the cake when, he declared Hakimullah to be a martyr.
For a time there was lull and a sense of mourning prevailed, but subsequently, many political parties and commentators criticised Munawar's statement, some of their own volition and others at the instigation of the Army.
However, Munawar stuck to his guns and went on to add that those fighting the US war cannot be termed as martyrs, a direct affront to the army.(Continued...) Image: This Nov. 26, 2008 file photo taken in the Orakzai tribal region of Pakistan shows Hakimullah Mehsud who has become the leader of Pakistani Taliban faction after death of Baitullah Mehsud. (AP)
Text: Sify Images: AP