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Pak daily slams 'Rawalpindi' over 'detrimental' good Taliban, bad Taliban policy


October 27, 2011 - Islamabad

Pakistan must wake up to the fact that its enemies, the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and its affiliates, are some of those "illustrious ex-assets that have support or protection of our friends- the Quetta Shura, the Haqqani network and Al Qaeda," an editorial in a Pakistani newspaper has said.

Pakistan remains in "obstinate denial of several key facts and their implications for the country," The Daily Times editorial said.

One of such facts is that the Islamic extremist landscape is now immensely more complicated than it was during the Taliban rule in Afghanistan, it noted.

Most Islamist extremist organisations in the region have more or less coalesced under Al Qaeda's pan-Islamist ideology, it added.

The editorial pointed out that the TTP and its affiliates, "avowed enemies of Pakistan, are some of those illustrious ex-assets that have support or protection of our friends the Quetta Shura, the Haqqani network and Al Qaeda."

"Why its Frankensteins do not occasion Rawalpindi to pause and rethink its failed strategy has now become nothing less than a stupefying mystery," it wondered.

"If the wise men think the Afghan Taliban will not be a source of invaluable support for the likes of the TTP, that double dealing is solely their preserve, they have a surprise in store," the editorial concluded.

ANI

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