The Prime Minister of Pakistan, Mian Nawaz Sharif has said in his address that he is very interested in finding solution to the Taliban insurgency problem, and I agree with him that it is difficult to find the real culprits and convict them in the courts of Pakistan. I would like to suggest a logical solution for this problem. As I have been living in Peshawar for the past five years, I have come into contact with a number of Taliban fighters in Peshawar who have been carrying out attacks almost daily by rockets and suicide bombs from 2008 to 2011. I realized that most of the Taliban were groups of 250-300 paid fighters. Each fighter was getting 15-25,000 Rs monthly pay, along with daily food, new weapons, daily ammunition and cars with fuel. They were mostly local poor Pakistani's led by ‘International Mercenaries’ operating in FATA.
The biggest difference between the ‘Mujahedeen’ fighters of Afghan war and these local Taliban insurgents was in their weaponry and tactics, while the Mujahedeen used old weapons and followed Pushtun tradition, the Taliban insurgents all have brand new weapons and followed propaganda tactics of insurgents. Therefore to end the power of Taliban insurgents, the PML-N Government should end the flow of finances, weapons, food and fuel to these groups. Without pay and free food the insurgent fighters would eventually start deserting their groups, ending this security problem in Pakistan.
Nawaz Sharif should also realize that such finances mostly came from international sources. In 2010, the Pakistan Army realised this and guarded the borders of FATA and Balochistan, stopping most of the international funding for the Taliban fighters, but now cash-starved Pakistan is letting the money come in through local financial services. Therefore, the government has to stop the easy money transfer of these insurgent groups, but they also have to stop or slow down the supply of weapons, fuel and food to these groups. Only then can Pakistan be rid of these mercenaries who are using our religion to wreck havoc in our country.
SHAHRYAR KHAN BASEER,
Peshawar, August 23.