April 23, 2009
Posted: 1500 GMT

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Lost in London   April 23rd, 2009 4:29 pm ET

"Is Pakistan doing enough to fight the Taliban" – surely you don't need a poll to get a global perspective on that. It's a resounding NO.

Sam   April 23rd, 2009 5:08 pm ET

Pakistan's govt. and military is deliberately not fighting force US to change there policy and the current Afg-Pak policy is not in sync with Pakistan's own foreign policy.....

Abbas Mujahid   April 23rd, 2009 5:08 pm ET

Hello there,
How do you expect a country to fight at 3 fronts, Afghanistan, India and its internal fight with its economy in disarray because of these back breaking wars. India, Afghanistan and USA are triggering a war in Pakistan which has no end. Violence breeds violence, why can't people realize that. World should work together to educate nations rather than killing and creating more suffering.

Sterling   April 23rd, 2009 5:28 pm ET

Americans, as usual, don't have a clue what is going on in Pakistan. For years we supported the dictatorship of Musharraf (after supporting the previous series of "democratic" dictators) until he suddenly became uncomfortable so we switched to Bhutto, daughter of another dictator and she became the flavor of the month until blown up, then we jumped on the bandwagon of her rehabilitated husband whose reputation has only been credibly established through his skills of corruption and his brand name, "Mr 10 Percent". America has acquiesced to the nukes, pumped billions into arming a force designed only to fight against America's newest local ally, India, while ignoring the poorly equipped and trained Frontier Force who are hardly capable of showing up in the morning, let alone fighting the Taliban. As a joker, throw in the ISI, the Pakistani Inter-Services Intelligence services, that have long supported the Taliban (with, in the past, the U.S. support) as well as the insurgents fighting for control of the disputed Kashmir region and whom neither the government nor the army actually control, and you have a nightmare scenario. Mullen and Holbrooke can visit and make jokes on a weekly basis while continuing to toss their Predator missiles, offing the odd Taliban leader and creating an increasingly hostile populace and it won't bring the light at the end of the tunnel any closer. Time to rethink the "strategy". It's a dangerous and volatile mess and there is no easy way out. But diplomacy 101 redux will not provide a solution.

Osaro   April 23rd, 2009 5:52 pm ET

Hala, whatever success Pakistan may have archived in fighting the Taliban has, for the very list, been defeated since Islamabad ceded control of the Swart vally to the Taliban in hope for peace.

I can't imagine the efficacy of such move when on one front Pakistan is fighting the Taliban and on the other, they are partners for peace when Taliban at all front share the same course.

The Taliban is like Oliver Twist that would always ask for more.Who knows if their spread toward the capital is not to ask for Islamabad.


anoop   April 23rd, 2009 6:36 pm ET

fact is the pakistani army and the isi is helping them to grow more strong and the leaders of pakistan do not have any power

zaidul khan   April 23rd, 2009 7:16 pm ET

In my point of view the Pakistan Government has lost total control over the country and as a nuclear armed nation pose a significant threat to the world.

The Governments denial of the issues facing the nation pose a greater threat as the taliban are advancing closer and closer to key cities. The day will not be far away when they will be in total control of the nuclear arsenals which is their ultimate goal, therefore the world needs to take action NOW to stop them and also because of the total lawlessness that is going on in the whole of Pakistan.

Zaidul Khan
Heidelberg, Germany

nosh   April 23rd, 2009 7:41 pm ET

i think pakistani gov is doing alotttt .... they did some deal with talaban to have peace in regin .they want there country free from talabans and it will take bit time .


avaice   April 23rd, 2009 8:57 pm ET

i am a 25 year old design student in pakistan and the current state of affairs in the country is shocking, but its funny how everyone has started blaming us for not doing enough. but has anyone ever thought where these lunatics (taliban) are getting all these weapons and financing from? we should take a moment and think who is benefiting from Pakistan's demise. we have india on one side waiting for an opportunity to somehow destroy or damage Pakistan. then there is israel and the infamous Mossad who would love to see a nuclear powered muslim state fall to pieces. so no matter how hard the government tries they can never compete with india or israel who are both backed by the U.S. the taliban are a creation of america and are going on supporting them covertly like they supported many anti government groups in latin america.
pakistan was progressing under gen. musharaf but the so called 'friends of pakistan' could not stand to see pakistan succeeding so they called for election and democracy. now we have democracy but we're being run by an american stooge who is a known criminal but at least he isn't a dictator.
so don't expect the pakistani government to take any action against the taliban. the taliban and the government are acting on american orders they might not know this but this is what is happening and this is all part of a plan of the americans or one of their puppets to attack pakistan and repeat what happened in afghanistan and iraq.
wish us luck cause by the way things are going we might not be here for long sitting in our air conditioned houses using the internet and posting our ideas 'cause the taliban are coming!

Afan   June 26th, 2009 9:12 pm ET

Mushraff is being missed. At least he kept the Pakistani population safe and kept the Economy growing. There was no such thing as 'mass exodus of civillians' of more than three million refugees. He would have prevented this crisis. India knew they had met their match when Musharaff was on board and they were itching to get rid of him by all means available.

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