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Al-Badar fiasco in Khost

This is not an allegation. It is their oft-repeated confession. They did confess it on so many times and by so many political leaders. From late President of Pakistan Zia-ul-Haq, to late premier Benazir Bhutto, from late interior minister of Pakistan, Naseerullah Babar, to former president Pervaiz Musharraf, all have confessed from time to time that they have supported extremists in Afghanistan. When we say Pakistan has been supporting the Taliban and terrorism, they flatly reject it as a baseless allegation, and want evidences.

Evidence is not something like a Bollywood heroine, caught by a villain to bar her from appearing before the court and is released by the hero, and brought before the court as an eyewitness and evidence. In terrorism-related incidents you rely on audio recordings, identities of the terrorists arrested, and a number of other stuffs, but what if the other side rejects it flatly, and call it an act of conspiracy and a part of malign campaign.

They not only say Kabul maligns their good reputation, but they complain Afghans stand with India—their archenemy. They say we have Americans here. And they say we had Russians here. And they say we rear their enemies on our soil. Will they ever tell us who brought the Americans here? And why did Russians’ tanks lumbered here?  If they still believe that we rear their enemies on our soil, they must come here to see if we really rear their foes? But, yes then they will have to allow us so that we could tell them where do our enemies live on their soil?

Ironically, the successive governments in Pakistan have repeatedly denied that they provide military support to the Taliban in their diplomacy regarding its extensive operations in Afghanistan.  From bankrolling Taliban operations to providing diplomatic support, from manipulating their press in favor of the Taliban to playing as the virtual emissaries of Taliban, orchestrating and directing offensives, facilitating shipments of ammunitions and fuel, there is a long list of supports enjoyed by the Taliban from Pakistan. The latest is the Al-Badar fiasco in western Khost province where over 41 Pakistani terrorists were killed and their dead bodies were dispatched to their respective villages in Upper and Lower Dir districts, Bajaur and Swat.

The problem is Pakistan is sending Pashtuns from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to kill their brothers in Afghanistan. Those killed in Khost, were all teenagers. They were recruited by Al-Badar Mujahideen, a breakaway group of the Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (Jamat-e-Islami’s militant wing) and Jamat-ud-Dawa of Hafiz Saeed, a highly wanted terrorist. Al-Badar and Dawa were created for unleashing terror in Indian-administered Kashmir. However, being humiliated by Indian security forces they shifted their focus from the eastern front to the western neighbor. They have established their camps in Malakand Division of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa where the nascent brains of Pashtun children are misled; hatred is installed in their heads and then sent to Afghanistan for bloodshed.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA have been turned into breeding factories of terrorists despite a furious outcry from Pashtun nationalist parties. Awami National Party has paid a heavy price for raising voice against the radicalization of Pashtun children. All this is happening under the tutelage of their army. These militant groups are apparently banned but covertly enjoying liberal state support. Media is restrained from coverage of militant trainings. Now our government must take the killing of Pakistani terrorists on our soil as a biggest and undeniable evidence of Pakistan’s support to terrorism. This time they must not be given any space and reason for denial.

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