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We love Mush!
Surprised? He’s still our best bet
Being the largest exporter of terrorism in the world notwithstanding, Pakistan’s homegrown fanaticism and mindless violence is now spilling blood at home. No, we are not talking about their perennial Shia-Sunni fights. The recent killing of Nawab Akbar Bugti has suddenly brought into limelight the sectarian problem plaguing Pakistan, so much so that the federal government literally does not even have control on more than half of the state. The problem is not in Balochistan alone, but in the North West frontier province and Sindh too.
Neighbouring India has now openly given indications of being more than happy to see the turmoil in Pakistan. But beneath the veil of a vindictive happiness at their predicament, is it really in India’s interest to allow or support the balkanisation of Pakistan? If, hypothetically, in the event of a regional civil war (where Pakistan seems to be moving fast), fanatic tribal leaders lay hands on nuclear weapons, the disastrous spillover effect of the same would certainly be towards India. Musharraf might be the shrewdest of all the Pakistani Prime Ministers, and of course, he is encashing on this very fear of the western world, but India unfortunately has extremely limited choices even here. In these worst of times, trigger unhappy Mush is still India’s best bet to keep bigger fanatics at bay.
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