Trick or Treat: Financial Aid and Targeting Mehsud


If this is the case, then Pakistan must be prepared for a lot of tricks and treats once the withdrawal initiates and eventually concludes. This can be easily learnt from the situation in Iraq after the withdrawal of the US troops was completed. Even though ethnic fissures and sectarian divide devastates Iraq presently, with everyone trying to achieve sovereign control, and a similar fate due to happen to Afghanistan; only this time, the revival of the 1990s scenario will have an added burden on Pakistan in terms of dealing with a hostile and volatile neighbor.

Whatever may or may not happen is what time will tell, but as for the immediate consequences of the eliminat Ha ion of Hakeemullah Mehsud, the situation for Pakistan will be grave for the next one month, and a proper synchronization between the armed forces and the civilian government is absolutely necessary to devise a strategy that can either absorb the coming shocks or act swiftly to end this quagmire.

If at all this situation is left to a political tug of war on the legality or illegality of drones like we always do, Pakistan must prepare to lose a lot in the time to come. Pakistan must understand that where the US is not at all ready to compromise to sacrifice the use of drones to achieve any goals they set (they achieve them or not is an entirely different debate), Pakistan stands to lose much more by this stagnation of demands and also tends to drift away from the ground reality.

Where the declaration of drones strikes is now slowly and gradually becoming a political vote magnet rather than a political strategy and an election rhetoric instead of a state objective, Pakistan must look for alternative options that may either divert the drone warfare back into Afghanistan, create circumstances for the US to cease the use of drones in order to protect their own stakes, and this can be done by making the US economically humble with Pakistan, in a time when the US is also preparing to bear the brunt of an economic lightning storm, due to hit their financial sector by 2014.

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Discussion8 Comments

  1. It looks as though that people like YOU (the authors of this article) believe in “trick-or-treating” etc etc … in other words you are all the same as the YUPPIES of America!!! You are the POODLES (the dogs and the P I G S) of Israel… otherwise, WHY else would you write about such things in relation to the end of life of such a great warrior??? He was (Mr. Mehsud) the face of the Pakistani Khilafat … that would have onward become the FORCE of the worldwide KHILAFAT movement!!! The fact that you denigrate this great man by associating it with some BULLSHIT American Halloween clap-trap makes one all the more suspicious and dooubtful that you are ALL in fact in the PAY of the American and ISRAELI intelligence forces! Shame on you!!

    • Are you completely insane? Hakiillah the terrorist leader was a great man?…he was a mass murderer of Pakistanis…the blood of thousands of innocents on his hands….it is incredible that the biggest killer in the country is considered a good person by some….how can people be so completely brainwashed that they honor the death of a mass murderer?

    • Totally taken out of context my friend. Even though your language was extremely offensive but I respect your opinion and I value your criticism. The purpose of trick or treat analogy was not to encourage the Halloween or to gratify whatever it may hold but it aims at identifying how we were duped by this drone strike to make Pakistan more insecure and on the other hand, our Prime Minister is treated like all our leaders before. Khilafat or no khilafat, that is another thing, but my article focuses on what happened, why it happened and what we should brace for as Pakistanis. Overall, I wish if only you had used the skill of logic rather than the harshness and hatred that already surrounds our nation. Thank you for your comment anyway

      • Mr. Author,

        You do not need to respond to the Indian that tries to act like a Pakistani. They do this all the time, they post in our websites, articles, facebook accounts – you name it they are there – they are only trying to divide us (Pakistani’s) No Pakistani supports the Kharjites TTP DOGS!!!

  2. Vakil,

    The only way deluded fools like you realise the error of your ways is to go forth in the footsteps of your idol a cold blooded killer, a terrorist.

    Hope your end is as bloody and you are rightfully condemned to an eternity in damnation.

    Shame on you for your ignorance of all the innocent Pakistanis he and his associates killed indiscriminately knowingly or unknowingly on the behest of foreign states actor.

    What was his cause certainly not Khilafah or the principles of The Rashiduns.
    Judge a man by his actions and his fruits and this wretched man was a mercenary a khwarij, a butcher, cold blooded killer.

    Good riddance and to all who supported this fool.

  3. @ Vakil… Check you IQ level. The Author tried to explain the “strategic” issues here, he was intelligent enough to chalk down what was needed…but You actually tried to portray that “faith ful” muslims are as dumbs as “donkeys”. Which obviously is not true. So either you are from a “dumb class” with in Muslim community, or I have to concur with my friends above, that you not at all from this community.


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