STRATEGIC ANALYSIS

Islamization versus Talibanization: Is Pakistan Drifting Towards ‘Lebanonization’?

P.K. Upadhyay was a Consultant with Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses for its Pakistan Project.
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  • November 2009
    Volume: 
    33
    Issue: 
    6
    Commentaries

    The February 2009 Swat deal between the Taliban and the Pakistan Government, the current Pakistani Army offensive against Taliban strongholds in various areas of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and the North West Frontier Province (NWFP), and the Talibani response to those operations through terror attacks in various Pakistani cities, sharply underline the clear and present threat to Pakistan. Ironically, the Taliban represent a religious philosophy, which, in a nutshell, believes in establishing the supremacy of Islam, something which a large number of Pakistanis have themselves professed and actively worked for right from the inception of their nation, as underlined by the Lahore Resolution (March 24, 1940) and the Objective Resolution adopted by Pakistan's Constituent Assembly on March 12, 1949.

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