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  •  Yes, and I'm also aware that: (1+ / 0-)
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    The BBC had earlier cited a NATO document as saying that the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) is aware of the locations and activities of senior Taliban leaders.

    "Senior Taliban leaders meet regularly with ISI personnel, who advise on strategy and relay any pertinent concerns of the government of Pakistan," the report said.

    And this:
    Critics say Pakistan uses militant groups as proxies to counter the growing influence of rival India in Afghanistan. The belief that Pakistan supports the insurgents is widely held in Afghanistan.
    And this:
    In a photo taken Aug. 6, 2012 Pakistani Taliban spokesman Ahsanullah Ahsan, center, flanked by his body guards talks to The Associated Press in the militant group’s stronghold of Shawal in the tribal region of South Waziristan.—AP
    So, if the AP News service has so much access that they can talk with and photograph an armed leader of the Pakistani Taliban, you'll forgive me for thinking that the Pakistanis could do more to end the Taliban's influence.

    Liberalism is trust of the people tempered by prudence. Conservatism is distrust of the people tempered by fear. ~William E. Gladstone, 1866

    by absdoggy on Wed Oct 10, 2012 at 01:39:13 PM PDT

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    •  The Pakistani govt is not the same as Pakistani (1+ / 0-)
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      people. In your original comment you implored the Pakistani people to rise up against the Taliban, saying the choice is theirs. Well they have, several times and pressured their government to do the same:

      Meanwhile, as the New York Times reported, her attack has provoked anger across Pakistan and the world. The information minister of her province has offered a $100,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of her attackers, while politicians and military leaders have united in condemnation of the shooting. The Times noted:
      Some commentators wondered whether the shooting would galvanize public opinion against the Taliban in the same way as a video that aired in 2009, showing a Taliban fighter flogging a teenage girl in Swat, had primed public opinion for a large military offensive against the militants that summer.
      So despite what the Pakistani government does, the people are enraged at the Taliban and it was because of their anger that they pressured the government to launch a military attack on the Taliban, last summer. It seems the same may happen again, now that the Pakistani people are enraged once more.

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