February 10, 2014

Pakistan: Face Bitter Truths or Perish

Tom Hussain, The National

The Associated Press

First deafened by the terrifying noise of Taliban attacks, then put on notice that the army would strike back, and now awaiting the outcome of peace talks, Pakistanis remain as confused as ever about the violent phenomenon that has plagued their country for six years, and has been a mounting threat to it for a lot longer.

Increasingly, however, they are beginning to ask the right questions: can we beat the Taliban? What would a peace deal with the Taliban mean? What will happen after the Americans leave Afghanistan?

The answer: ultimately, Pakistan can’t win until the state and public open their hearts and minds to the bitter...

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