not for the first time poverty would have forced people to resort to terrorism I would venture
Decades of appeasing and ignoring extremism, while conveniently blaming others for our problems, might have something to do with it as well.
much easier to instill extremism if there is poverty though
Poverty plays a part – but not as much as tolerating/appeasing extremism to begin with and a lack of (non-religious) education. Kids can be brainwashed into doing many things. Even rich kids can fall prey to “cults” or gangs. The problem here is that extremists can so freely recruit those kids to their cause. The state of Pakistan tolerated these monsters for so long that now they make terrorists out of kids and not have to do the dirty work themselves. When you can get mobs easily worked up to beat someone to death for alleged “blasphemy” of the Holy Prophet, then it’s easy to see how the extremists can recruit these kids into their extreme views as well. We need to go after the root of the problem – which is battling and eradicating extremism.
I will say that recently I have been very pleased to see Imran strongly condemn the Shia genocide, as well as the attacks on the Christian community. Good on him. On the other hand, the PPP has sadly taken the election year approach of “negotiating” with the Taliban in order to appease the right-wing nuts. The PPP seems to be regressing on the issue, which is especially shameful considering they lost two of their own (Benazir Bhutto and Salman Taseer) to acts of terrorism. Right now, the MQM seems to be the sole party willing to speak out against extremism. Imran’s PTI is getting there, but as long as it's not about extremists in the tribal areas.
Polls a milestone for Pakistan, US Congress told | Pakistan | DAWN.COM
“Economically, trouble looms. Pakistan, with its small tax base, poor system of tax collection, and reliance on foreign aid, faces no real prospects for sustainable economic growth,” the report warns.
“The government has been unwilling to address economic problems that continue to constrain economic growth. The government has made no real effort to persuade its disparate coalition members to accept much-needed policy and tax reforms, because members are focused on retaining their seats in upcoming elections.”
Tomorrow is 15th March .......it couldn't have come any sooner.....the most inefficient, corrupt, pathetic, and incompetent govt in the history of Pakistan FINALLY ends its term. Of course it doesn't end its term before massively printing money to dole out to its corrupt beneficiaries (causing more inflation) and to try and ensure that it can suck the blood of the country for as long as possible
so Imran's party has been allotted the cricket bat as its election symbol. The ball and stumps would have been more apt IMO
Incompetent or not, democracy needs stability to develop. This is a good step in the right direction for Pakistan.
Get well soon Yuvi!!
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