by Imran H. Khan
We in the Pakistani American community have been deeply troubled by the attempt by one of its new member to bomb the Time Square. Pakistani American community is a well to do community; as was this perpetrator. Faisal does not fit the typical profile of these kinds of criminals. Before we start talking about putting out the correct responses within our society to stop this in future; we need to learn more about what made Faisal undertake such a mission.
Some of the brute force and shot gun approaches that are being suggested, like aggressive screening of airline passengers alienate the very people that we need to improve the relations between the two countries. I think this is a good opportunity to stress on Pakistani leadership to clean up their act and to provide them assistance in doing it. If they are unwilling to do it, then it is time to tell them “Lead, Follow or Get out of the Way”.
The current approach of firing missiles from 10,000 ft into civilian houses in Pakistan with the associated human carnage only makes it difficult for the Pakistani leadership to do what is right; not only for them but also the rest of the world, and US in particular.
What people like Faisal have proven that the Pakistani American community can no longer be casual about what happens within it. It needs to vigilante to unusual behavior amongst its members that could possibly result in another Faisal. We also need to urge the US government to form a policy in the region that has some chance of successfully stabilizing the region. The current approach of sending too few troops to manage Afghan security only embolden the Taliban. Similarly conducting drone strikes with “collateral damage” is morally reprehensible and only creates more Pakistanis with anti US feelings. You can read more about my views on the subject here.
There is a need for regional approach to that region’s security.Views: 6912Share