The modern day methodology of destroying a state is to target it from within, through insurgencies and political uncertainty and by providing weapons and money to indigenous dissidents. The economy automatically collapses and so do all the other state structures. This is exactly what is being done to Pakistan while we all watch with a disgusting indifference.
Pakistanis today wait with bated breath for the political parties in power to realize very quickly the actual dictates of national security and interests. Musharraf is now history and the politicians should now put the country's security on top of their agenda and get down to putting the ship – so to speak – in order.
Pakistan and Pakistanis are at war with each other. NWFP, from one end to the other, is on fire. The destruction of Pakistan cannot be too far away if the insane and callous killing of the Pakhtuns continues. The politicians have to realize that a second opportunity may not come after this one. They also have to realize that the security apparatus of the country, which primarily revolves around the army and the intelligence agencies, has to be strengthened not weakened. There is also a dire need to have the a correct equation between the political and the military hierarchy in which the military component remains aloof from politics. The present army chief General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani has demonstrated that this is possible and that the army is ready for such an arrangement. At the same time the politicians shall have to know clearly that the army and the intelligence agencies will not be able to stay indifferent if threats to the nation's integrity, cohesiveness and security are ignored.
A united move by the political and military hierarchy to put an end to all international and domestic conspiracies against the country is now needed. They need to end the fighting within our borders immediately and follow it up with bold political and development steps.