Pakistan Fine Tunes Jihadist Blackmail Game

In Pakistan the Taliban and the mujahedeen roam the streets of Lahore and Karachi unchecked. In a country where 60% of the male population is under 25, a new type of Islamist Nationalism flourishes. After Pakinstain’s separation from India in 1947, the lack of a democratic agenda enabled the military to define national interest and an anti-India ideology was born.

Pakistan shelters jihadist and cowers civilian politicians. Under archaic blasphemy laws, last month the governor of Punjab province was murdered. Salman Taseer was killed by his body guard after coming to the aid of a christian woman; killed by a 26 year old man who confused blasphemy with insulting the Prophet Muhammad. Minister Shahbaz Bhatti, assassinated for doing his job. Ali Bhutto hanged, Benazir Bhutto murdered; the list continues in a soup of ethnic subnationalism and aggravated inequalities.

In a calculated effort that thwarts democracy, the Pakistan military lets the brutal jihadist game continue couched in the belief if America leaves U.S. money dries up and the game is over.