Taliban in Pakistan: Short Documentary
Recently, I was contacted by the makers to watch and comment on this new brief documentary about the growing influence of the Taliban in Khyber Pukhtunkhuwa. The documentary showcases more or less the same analysis that we read in the newspapers.
I particularly found the part about locating the propaganda stuff in the local CD market quite interesting. Material like that is available for almost a decade now but like the western pornographic videos they are not up for the sale openly. In other words, we all know such material can be acquired but you need a trusted seller to ask for it.
The way the police official said that they need a raise in their salaries and that the Taliban frequently attack them because they consider the police officials to be infidels is poignant. Things like that make one feel that no matter how corrupt our police department is but still they are putting their lives in the line of fire. Attacking the military, para-military and police forces is a part of well-planned strategy; such attacks not only demoralize those forces but also shake the faith of the masses. Recall the incidents of Swat and Dir district.
The makers didn’t include the role of the Local Lashker in combating the Taliban in their documentary. I think they are doing a commendable job, however, their efforts need to be regulated.
Some flood-hit villagers claimed that the Taliban helped them rebuilt their houses, that not only confirms the media reports that mentioned social work by the Taliban but also it will be a huge setback. As of now, majority of people don’t support the Taliban but if they managed to win over the hearts of poor and helpless people than our administration, armed forces and urban population would really find themselves in deep water.
Taliban is the tragedy happened to Pakistan and the more you discuss, the more you find yourself in the labyrinth of questions. For now watch this short documentary and try to get a sense as to what’s going on ground in the settled areas of KP.