Today’s article is a rather sad one, and frankly it don’t think it needs much by way of introduction. Suffice to say that this kind of attack underscores the kinds of problems Pakistan still faces with respect to extremism and terrorism. Honorable men like Shuja Khanzada, who dedicated a great part of their life to stemming the flow of ignorance and hatred, have paid a high price for their actions.
I am confident Pakistan is on the right track, but events such as these just go to underscore how much work there still is to do. As an outsider, it is obviously much easier to critique than to offer solutions. That’s why I call upon all friends of Pakistan, particularly among the more advanced countries, to continue to offer their support in the fight against terrorism and recognize that a stable and prosperous Pakistan is integral to any stability in the Indian subcontinent. The more western powers neglect Pakistan, the more likely it is to turn toward other sources of assistance, leaving it’s current allies (and their interests) far behind.
My most heartfelt condolences to the friends and family of Shuja Khanzada.