Sunday, August 15, 2010

Pakistan's ISI Keeps Causing Trouble in the Neighborhood

Pakistan's Inter Service Intelligence (ISI) has been linked to:

1. the Taliban
2. the Maoist/Naxalite violence in eastern India
3. international terrorist/crime syndicate figureheads

I had no idea that fundamentalist Islam, militant Maoism, and the South Asian version of the Godfather had anything to do with each other, much less an official government agency of a UN member nation-state.

Especialy when that nation-state's founder, Mohammed Ali Jinnah, spoke of ideas like these:

"Now, if we want to make this great State of Pakistan happy and prosperous we should wholly and solely concentrate on the well being of the people, and especially of the masses and the poor. If you will work in co-operation, forgetting the past, burying the hatchet, you are bound to succeed. If you change your past and work together in a spirit that everyone of you, no matter to what community he belongs, no matter what relations he had with you in the past, no matter what is his colour, caste or creed, is first, second and last a citizen of this State with equal rights, privileges and obligations, there will be no end to the progress you will make.
"You are free; you are free to go to your temples, you are free to go to your mosques or to any other place of worship in this State of Pakistan. You may belong to any religion or caste or creed - that has nothing to do with the business of the State."

Oh, Pakistan, how far you have fallen. Who knows where you will go from here...

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