PBS Frontline has done an extraordinary job in airing documentaries focusing on the alarming security risks that threaten Pakistan as a viable nation-state. Through various account sources through the documentaries state that the number of Taliban inside Pakistan is growing faster than the Pakistani Army. The fundamentalist influece is gaining traction in places like Peshawar and metropolitan areas Karachi.
To eliminate the threat, we hear about daily missle strikes in Pakistan with the help of Unmanned Aerial Vehicals (UAVs) or drones to take out militants. It's disturbing yet predictable that even with the precision of such strikes that we cannot rule out civilian casualties. Such casualities, as the documentaries suggest major potential repercussions against our national interest.
Link to documentary video on -- Baitullah Mehsud, head of the Pakistani Taliban
Quick facts on Baitullah Mehsud:
He's had a fast rise to power. The Pakistani Taliban's stated goal is to overthrow the country's government.
In separate interviews this week, he told the Associated Press, Reuters and the BBC that the Lahore attack was in retaliation for U.S. Predator drone strikes on Pakistan -- and that an attack on Washington is on his list.
In another documentary highlighting the Taliban of Pakistan's influence on Children, Frontline Correspondent Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy highlights an emerging nation coming into power. A fundamentalist nation that is indoctrinating children as the state-sponsored education system has collapsted. The documentary also describes how the Taliban use simple broadcasting mediums in the public square in order to promote fear in many areas.
Link to documentary video of Children of the Taliban:
As the current of state of Pakistan Army loosens its grip on maintaining order and signs treaty-after-treaty with the Taliban, it becomes clear that the influence of the Taliban nation holds an advantage over the current regime in power. Unless a new strategy is taken up soon, a great threat emerging from the region could very well create an irreversible problem for the South-Asian region and our interests.