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I would suggest that the rulers in Pakistan could be active on the social front too. The masses in Pakistan have had a strong syncretistic tradition derived from the curious amalgamation of the region’s various religions. This social base could be highly useful to the current rulers in the region in their mission against those who put forward a distorted version of the originally humanity-centred Islam and incite terrorism against innocent masses.

Given the clout of the Pakistan Army in the politics and governance of the country, I would suggest it might think afresh and play an historic role in Islamabad’s current campaign against terror. Those who are knowledgeable about the state of affairs in Islamabad would agree that little could be expected from the civilian leadership in the country. LeT and LeJ have been patronized by many of the Pakistani politicians. Most of the leading politicians in Pakistan have been too close to the Islamists in their power game.

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A Pakistan expert says everyone knows the background of Prime Minister Sharif . He is unlikely to take on extremists of all hues. Sharif has been maintaining a distance from the ongoing army operation in FATA (Federally Administered Tribal Areas). Chief of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) Imran Khan has shown sympathies for the Taliban and other extremism on various occasions. His party runs its government in Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa province where the Taliban extremist movement has its umbilical cord.

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Jagdish N. Singh is an Indian journalist based in New Delhi.

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