Pakistan and India Must Unite Against Terrorism

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Pakistan and India, outside of their ancient political history, have one problem in common, terrorism.  They may be enemies publically, but their support in working together is needed for both countries to effectively defeat terrorism.  The attacks in Mumbai should be seen as an attack on both India and Pakistan.  Those who did not want peace between Pakistan and India are the unfortunate winners from the terrorist attacks in Mumbai. 

The biggest question comes to mind for many was the same question that came when 9/11 happened, Who is responsible?  While there are clues to point at certain directions, what this reminds us is that the threat of terrorism is real.  Defeating terrorism is an important aspect of improving the economy.  For Pakistan to come out of the financial mess it has put itself in to, it must defeat terrorism.  For Pakistan, it is the terrorism problem that keeps Pakistan behind. 

The ball is on Pakistan's court.  Pakistan knows that it will get the blame, directly or indirectly.  Pakistan has to reach out to India and work with India to see who the culpits are.  These terrorists do not want peace between Pakistan and India.  They may have delayed the process, but peace must and will prevail.  It has to prevail for Pakistan's sake, India's sake, and the sake of global security. 

Pakistan must take control of it's madrassahs in Lahore and in the rural parts of Pakistan.  One's apathy is another's opportunity.  Pakistan has an image problem, and it has a terrorism problem.  Pakistan can live through image problems, but it can not survive terrorism, especially when terrorism is based on misguided teachings of Islam. 

The United States must have an offensive strategy for Pakistan, and not just a defensive strategy.  Defensive strategy involves the interference of the U.S. Military.  The U.S. Military may not be looking at Iran, but may have their attention focused on Islamabad.  If Pakistan is going to come out of the problems, Pakistanis must understand that they need to take control of the Political Institutions that have been hyjacked by self-opportunists.  Father Jinnah never gave up in his dream of Pakistan. 

Pakistan has the opportunity to be a leader in the Islamic World, or a follower of Arab Nations.  Pakistan must make decisions that are respected globally and will have to re-establish it's education system and the messages it spreads.  Pakistan was build upon the tolerance that Father Jinnah envisioned.  Pakistan was once a tolerant nation.  Now Pakistan has become increasingly intolerant.  Those that do not like this step have taken a step in the right direction.  We need their voices in the Parliament. 

It is time for Pakistanis to stop the blame game and start becoming accountable.  Pointing fingers is the politics of the 1990's, and has made the Zardari Enterprise Rich.  It is time to make Pakistan a nation which Father Jinnah dreamed of.  Nothing is impossible. 

Munzir Naqvi graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Kennesaw State University.

He serves as an advisor to the Pakistan Israel Peace Forum (PIPF) & Pakistan The Next Five Years. Mr. Naqvi has served as President of Student Government at Kennesaw State University in 2004-2005. 

Naqvi is interested in developing countries and economic policies.  He is an advocate of Free Trade in a Free World.  His Motto is Diplomacy before Dialogue.  You can follow him at www.twitter.com/naqvi and Join the Facebook Group: Pakistan The Next Five Years

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