Friday, November 8, 2013

Aapas Ki Baat on Friday

LAHORE: Senior analyst Najam Sethi has said if the Taliban came to power in Afghanistan, Waziristan will go out of Pakistan's control and Pakistan may break up because the Afghan and Pakistani Taliban are the same.

Talking in the Geo News programme Aapas Ki Baat on Friday, Najam Sethi said national security institutions of Pakistan were fully involved in the drone attack on Hakimullah Mehsud.

Speaking on local bodies polls, he said there should be an independent commission for delimitations of constituencies in a neutral manner with the help of the judiciary and the Election Commission of Pakistan. He said more time was required as delimitations could not be made in two or three months.

Talking about developments in the affairs of Pakistani cricket, he said after relief from court, he had an opportunity to work. He said they had to improve the affairs of the Pakistan Cricket Board and the cricket team would also start improving.

He said national and provincial level politicians did not want to hold the elections because if the polls were held, the politicians would have to give some share of powers to people coming from the lower level. He said experts should also be consulted on the issue of ballot papers and a deadline should be given for the elections.

He said condemnation on the killing of Hakimullah Mehsud from the Afghan Taliban had proved that the Afghan and Pakistani Taliban were united. He said, "Tehreek-e-Taliban chief Mulla Fazalullah lives in Afghanistan and he cannot live there without the Afghan Taliban's support.

The Afghan intelligence also has links with the Pakistani Taliban. As Pakistan has facilitated the Afghan Taliban to live in its areas and attack officials of the Karzai government and US troops, Afghanistan has also allowed the Taliban to live in the country and attack Pakistan," he opined.

He said Pakistan should understand that the Taliban were its real enemy instead of the US. "However, it is yet to be seen how much the US supports Pakistan and eliminates Fazalullah like Hakimullah Mehsud," he added.

Sethi said JI chief Munawar Hassan should ask the families of those killed at the hand of Hakimullah Mehsud whether he was a martyr or not. "The JI chief should keep the national interest supreme instead of party politics," he concluded.

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