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English is still the vehicle of factual-rational and liberal discourse because al-Qaeda and its local network are not able to read English.liberal fascists? AlsoTV-watching results in even the English-reading population becoming indoctrinated in the Urdu discourse If these liberal fascists come on TV and express themselvesnot only are they castigated by people who phone in to express their angerbut they also run the risk of coming on the terrorist radar There is no doubt that all this is happening because the writ of the state is almost absent in the country Populism normally runs counter to state interestbut populism in Pakistan embraced by the army and politicians alike strengthens terrorism andmore dangerouslysuppresses the truth Pakistanas most of the Muslim worldis in the grip of a discourse that must force the Muslim mind to ignore such non-populist phenomena as the national economy and the globalisation late last century This means that the Muslim mind is steeped in isolationism as a way to achieve self-respect and honour Al-Qaeda exploits it with uncanny expertise The writer is a consulting editor with Newsweek Pakistan express@expressindiacom For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsPublished: February 12 2014 1:49 am The new Taliban leader a wanted criminal named Mullah Fazlullah seemed to thumb his nose at the state of Pakistan by choosing his team from the politico-religious mainstream c r sasikumar Related News In Pakistan the Taliban is negotiating in bad faith Its choice of interlocutors for talks and list of demands confirm this The peace pipe Pakistan wished to smoke with the Taliban was turned into a pipe dream after the banned organisation issued on February 9 the following “to do” list for Islamabad before it could think of a ceasefire: one stop drone attacks; two introduce sharia law in courts; three introduce Islamic system of education in public and private institutions; four release Pakistani and foreign Taliban prisoners; five restore property damaged by drone attacks and pay compensation; six hand over control of tribal areas to local forces; seven withdraw the army from tribal areas and close down checkposts; eight drop all criminal charges against the Taliban; nine release prisoners from both sides; ten grant equal rights for all poor and rich; eleven offer jobs to the families of drone-attack victims; twelve end interest-based system; thirteen end support for the US’s “war on terror”; fourteen replace democratic system of governance with Islamic system; and fifteen end all relations with the US After deciding to talk peace with the Taliban Pakistan had nominated a four-member “pro-Taliban” negotiating team The Taliban responded by naming a five-member equally “pro-Taliban” team without consultation with them: Maulana Samiul Haq of the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Samiul Haq (JUI-S) Imran Khan of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Kifaetullah of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) Maulana Abdul Aziz of the Red Mosque of Islamabad and Mohammad Ibrahim of the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) None of them is a member of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) which is a banned organisation The new Taliban leader a wanted criminal named Mullah Fazlullah seemed to thumb his nose at the state of Pakistan by choosing his team from the politico-religious mainstream The five members represent a Talibanised section of the country boasting old connections with the Afghan Taliban and the TTP The irony was crushing — Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s own team contained people with pro-Taliban and anti-American leanings The idea was to win the confidence of the Taliban but Mullah Fazlullah didn’t bite The talks wouldn’t commit the TTP to anything Another irony was that Fazlullah named Imran Khan on his panel thus creating a situation where the PTI would be talking to itself while pretending to talk to the TTP Mercifully Khan begged off from this absurd scenario After that Kifaetullah of the JUI-F too bowed out The JUI-F is more vulnerable to the Taliban because of its location close to North Waziristan than Samiul Haq whose seminary is close to Peshawar Fazlur Rehman has escaped attacks from the terrorists which means North Waziristan thinks him soft on the state of Pakistan Maulana Abdul Aziz frontman of al-Qaeda’s policy of Islamic vigilantism in Islamabad whom the judiciary is perhaps too scared to convict in scores of cases of terrorism held a separate press conference in the capital with scary-looking armed guards to say that “nothing short of [the] removal of democracy and [the] constitution itself would be acceptable as a condition for peace” His Red Mosque was attacked by commando troops in 2007 after he staged a number of vigilante incidents to force Islamabad to become an Islamic city the way the TTP thinks it should be He symbolises Pakistan’s trajectory of Islamisation since 1947 and causes the Pakistani mind to split over what should be the next phase of state identity By voting rightwing in 2013 against the ever-dwindling liberal elements the people of Pakistan have joined the issue on the side of the Taliban Intimidation plays the part of a persuader more than is often realised After Imran Khan and the JUI-F opted out Fazlullah reiterated his disdain towards Islamabad by proposing two replacements: the chief reporter of a leading English-language newspaper Ansar Abbasi whose reports read like sermonising opinion pieces; and a serving senior bureaucrat Oria Maqbul Jan whose crazy advocacy of the Taliban has upset all kinds of Pakistanis Both begged off although their worldview on TV talk shows has presaged the next mutation of the Islamic state A debate is raging on TV about sharia Almost all religious organisations — most of them with street muscle and some clearly aligned with the TTP — are convinced that sharia is not in force and therefore the Taliban demand for dismantling the modern state is justified An important presence on the negotiating panel appointed by the Taliban the Jamaat-e-Islami has however decided not to support the Taliban’s rejection of the current constitution The Jamaat clerics however insist that Pakistan’s Islamic constitution is not acted upon They have in the past rejected the modern state’s punishment of “bad” conduct (munkirat) under a penal code and neglect of “good” conduct (marufat) as pieties enforceable through punitive legislation Starting in the post-medieval period in Europe the modern state stopped punishing the lack of piety and concentrated only on punishing crime The Muslims of the world free to choose as in Egypt want it back Already Pakistan is fast losing the distinction between sin and crime The drive to get the arrested Taliban out of state custody remains on top of the Taliban agenda So far they have broken two big jails under the administered jurisdiction of the state and got their killers out — most of them returning piously to their job of killing innocent people The Shia remain in their crosshairs and don’t mind lying when it suits them to keep the common Pakistani deluded into thinking that the Shia are in fact being killed by America and India They have denied the killing of Shias in a Peshawar restaurant earlier in February One reason the TTP has more credibility than the state is the former’s intimidatory hold over the media Most opinion-makers in Urdu are already on their side because of Urdu’s more unbuttoned ideological message against the modern state But the English-language newspapers are actually threatened into censoring themselves by removing the more convincing liberal-secular voices from their opinion pages The “popular consensus” is thus against the state and in favour of the terrorists Of course peace has to prevail but will the state accept its death that easily Sharif will have to intervene and say enough is enough at some stage of this unfolding farce In the first week of February Finance Minister Ishaq Dar had to go to Dubai to meet the IMF team because the multilateral financial institution is unwilling to come to Islamabad after being painted by the media as an enemy of Islam and as an instrument of America’s diabolical plots against Pakistan Dar was asking the IMF for another loan of a half a billion dollars while the Taliban had made a billion dollars in 2013 from Karachi alone One reason the Taliban can’t think of peace is the money it is making in Pakistan with almost zero loss of manpower setting itself apart from the terror franchises in Yemen Somalia and Mali — dying states that don’t have the financial lucre to attract terrorists Pakistanis wonder who is financing the Taliban often blaming Saudi Arabia America and India The fact is that the Taliban is in the process of emptying Karachi of its cash after leaching the city of Peshawar dry Out of the four billion dollars the Afghan Taliban makes from heroin at least one billion falls to the TTP’s share as the “southern funnel” Moreover news of shakedowns from Islamabad and Lahore is being suppressed because the well-heeled victims want to keep it hush-hush The writer is consulting editor ‘Newsweek Pakistan’ For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related News Chopra Delhi * This refers to the editorial ?no matter what their predictions,R. 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