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Yusuf Raza Gilani Historic Speech – End of Jamaat-e-Islami

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Historic policy speech by Prime Minister of Pakistan, Yusuf Raza Gilani – May 7, 2009.

Well, not much to do with Gilani himself, since he is just handpicked as a mouthpiece for the PPP decisionmakers (President Zardari and others).

However the speech is important because it is a “line in the sand” for Pakistan government policy against the Tehreek-e-Taliban.

Prior to this there was great hand-wringing about WHAT to do. How NOT to open themselves up to attacks from Jamaat-e-Islami, Nawaz Sharif and Imran Khan for doing something that “goes against Islam”, and because of the pressure of labelling of Taliban as “Islamic” by the JI and other “religious parties”, including Imran Khan.

In the face of open war with the Army reemployed in Swat and Buner, the PPP did not have any other choice.

Nawaz Sharif has been “softened” with an “understanding” with the U.S.

Jamaat-e-Islami has come out strongly in favour of Taliban in recent days, although they have started to moderate it a bit seeing the outrageous commentary by Sufi Mohammed. They are essentially caught in mid-stance, and it may take them some time to “finesse” their response i.e. “why” they changed, and why it does not mean that “Musharraf was correct”.

Imran Khan is still sticking to the “Taliban is King” philosophy.

This is the beginning of the end for the Jamaat-e-Islami and Imran Khan. They have in recent days chosen to side with the Tehreek-e-Taliban. When the operation gets underway and the Tehreek-e-Taliban escalate their response against Pakistan with bombings etc, and the Army will be at full War, it will become difficult for the media to sustain their anti-Musharraf and pro-Taliban tilt. It is THEN that the public sentiment will take an about turn (they had for the past few years been CONVINCED by the likes of Dr. Shahid Masood, and Hamid Mir and Talat Hussain that “Musharraf is wrong”, “is an Aamir”, “is the most cruel dictator”).

With the change in media, there will be a change in public sentiment.

Change in media will take place not because Hamid Mir and Dr. Shahid Masood will change, but because they will be sidelined, and new anchors (who were less anti-Musharraf and less pro-Taliban) will emerge.

These will be difficult times ahead for Hamid Mir, Dr. Shahid Masood and Talat Hussain, who have made it a career of blaming “the Aamir” Musharraf and the “actions against Lal Masjid” which “killed women and chidren” (when it has become clear that no women and children were killed). As these people will not want to be seen favoring the Taliban over the Pakistan State.

Links:
1/2 Yusuf Raza Gilani Historic Speech – End of Jamaat-e-Islami – May 7, 2009
2/2 Yusuf Raza Gilani Historic Speech – End of Jamaat-e-Islami – May 7, 2009

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