An analyst says the cycle of killing and violence in Afghanistan will go on as the Taliban, the Pakistani government and US troops in Afghanistan also kill lots of civilians while trying to kill their enemies.
Press TV has conducted an interview with Liaghat Ali Khan, professor of law at Washburn University from Topeka to further discuss the issue. What follows is a rough transcription of the interview.
Professor, just what is the source and motivation behind these attacks on ordinary civilians just demonstrating?
Well, I think this is not new this has been the pattern of violence in Pakistan for quite some time because a lot of innocent people have been killed by attacks on the tribal areas both by the Pakistani government as well as by the troops in Afghanistan.
So it seems like the cycle of violence that the Taliban kill their enemies and a lot of civilians are killed with the enemies and similarly the Pakistani government and US troops in Afghanistan they want to kill their enemies and a lot of civilians are killed too.
So it seems like this cycle of violence will continue and both parties will kill each other’s enemies and civilians will also be killed.
You spoke that these attacks will continue. The Taliban spillover into Pakistan should be taken as a serious threat to Pakistan itself but just how is the government of Pakistan going to counter this?
Well, I think the Taliban are not coming from Afghanistan. As you know there are Taliban who are homegrown in Pakistan and there are Taliban in Afghanistan. This is all Pashtun community across the border.
There are millions of them and they are just fighting a war both with the foreign troops in Afghanistan and the Pakistani troops in Pakistan so this is the same Pashtun ethnic group and the militancy is coming from both sides and there is some sort of camaraderie between the militant groups in Pakistan and the militant groups Afghanistan. So together it seems like they’re fighting the Pakistani government as well as the US troops in Afghanistan.