What interested me most from the discussion featured in the video above from Sunday's GPS show is what Pakistani journalist Jugnu Mohsin stated. She said that Osama bin Laden’s assassination was provoking a debate in Pakistan around questions such as:
– Why was this man in Pakistan?
– Why are there so many terrorists living in Pakistan?
– Why have they been able to violate our sovereignty?
– What is the role of the Pakistani military in all of this?
– How many lies are we being told?
I was surprised she felt that there was this conversation taking place. It’s the conversation we all hope would begin to be taking place in Pakistan. It’s a conversation that all well wishers of Pakistan desperately wanted to have started.
But we haven’t really ever seen it. So to me news that it was occurring was the most hopeful thing that came out of this week.
This type of conversation would be a huge step forward because Pakistan is six times the population of Afghanistan. Pakistan is more than half the population of the Arab world. It is probably the place where you have the most significant concentration of jihadi forces in the world right now.
A serious conversation within Pakistan about the nature of its society and what it can do to be a less dysfunctional place is of vital important right now.