October 24th, 2012
10:56 AM ET

Pakistan on the cusp of change?

By CNN Global Public Square

For more “What in the World,” watch "Fareed Zakaria GPS" on Sunday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET

Earlier this month, the Pakistani Taliban opened fire on a school bus. Two girls were shot. At first, it seemed a familiar story. The Taliban, after all, has bombed hundreds of schools, especially those for girls.

But here's what's new: Mass protests ensued against the Taliban, and in favor of women. That's startling and refreshing in Pakistan.

This past week, thousands of demonstrators thronged to the streets to protest the Taliban's brutality towards women. They're rallying around one person, 14-year-old Malala Yousufzai. Malala was one of the girls who was shot on that school bus. She was not an accidental target. The Taliban directly sought her out and shot her in the head. They wanted to kill not only Malala, but what she stood for. Here's why:

"I will show them the Koran, what Koran says. Koran didn't say that girls are not allowed to go to school"

Malala exposed the lie of Islamic extremists – and they were willing to kill her for it.

But she survived, and so has her argument. Her courage in taking on the Taliban has inspired moderate Pakistanis.

We've been waiting for this kind of moment for a while. What will it take for moderate Pakistanis to unite against extremism? For years now, fundamentalist groups have tried to turn Pakistan into a theocracy. They've scared girls into forgoing school, they've repressed women, they've pushed for draconian interpretations of Pakistan's blasphemy law. But where was the pushback? Just last year, when a state governor, Salman Taseer, spoke out against the misuse of the blasphemy law, he was gunned down. Outside the court, his killer was greeted with rose petals. Where was the public outcry?

Perhaps the last time we saw sustained public anger against the Taliban was three years ago, when a video of a woman being flogged circulated on the internet and on Pakistani TV. That moment led to mass support for military action against the Taliban.

So perhaps the tide is turning once again. Pakistanis often blame the West for their problems, protesting against America, against drone strikes, or even against YouTube. But the real enemy lies within. And it took a 14-year-old girl to bring that to people's attention.

Pakistan's youth literacy rate is only 71 percent; take South Asia as a whole and that number rises to 80 percent; it rises to 90 percent when you take the whole world into account. Girls fare especially badly in Pakistan. There are only 79 Pakistani schoolgirls for every 100 schoolboys. In South Asia that number is 95, and in the whole world it’s 97.

But you don't need a World Bank database to spot these trends. Just ask any schoolgirl in Pakistan.

Women are often seen as the stealth reformers of Islam. As they press for their rights, it will force a more liberal and flexible interpretation of the religion. And while politicians have been cowardly and hesitant, a 14-year-old girl has led the charge. Here's wishing her a complete recovery, so she can get back in the fight for her country and her religion.

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Topics: Pakistan • Taliban • What in the World? • Women • Youth

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  1. Rick McDaniel

    NO!

    Pakistan is caught up in the religious extremism of Islam, and they will never be able to overcome the violent teachings of that religious dictatorship.

    October 24, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Reply
    • Buster Cosey

      You do have a point albeit misplaced. Now let's turn towards the neighborly east i.e. India and taste the decadence existent there !!!

      HINDU GODDESS PANCHALI
      This goddess was married to five brothers. Which one would become the legitimate father of his child should she have one? Dr Charles (renowned author and an authority on India) says that instances of incest are common in Hindu scriptures.

      How can the neighbors be healthy when the culture to the east is so barbaric. Beats me.

      October 24, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Reply
      • Ama

        thats why pakistan fought for indpendence – the three grreat world relgions ISLAM , Judism, Christanity are far apart from Hinduism – there are no common baslines

        October 24, 2012 at 1:41 pm |
    • Cale Keeble

      LOL...Did you miss somehting ????

      HINDU KALI – GODDESS OF VIOLENCE/TERRORISM

      A recent report by United Press trust of India (UPI) stated that during the past three years more than 2,500 young boys and girls were sacrificed to goddess Kali in India. Another of AFP's recent reports say: hundreds of young boys and virgin girls are sacrificed every month for the deity Kali. In one case Rama Sewak hacked his eight year old son to death in broad daylight in Delhi because goddess Kali had told him he would come back to life and bring him good fortune. Bloodthirsty Kali is worshipped openly the length and breadth of India. Kali's statue stands naked astride the inanimate body of the Hindu deity Shiva, tongue stuck out with blood dripping from fang-like teeth. She holds a noose, a skull-topped staff, a blood-encrusted sword and a severed head. She is also known as Durga, Devi, Shaktima, Uma and Parvathi in other manifestations. The priest of Delhi, Kali Bari, says that a child sacrificed to Kali ensures a man the birth of a son. Human sacrifices are also made to these gods or goddesses, either to appease them or to ask favours of them.

      October 24, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Reply
    • Cale Keeble

      Rick baby... enjoy !!!!

      HINDUISM: LINGAM & YONI
      Lingam and Yoni are the male and female s@xual organs respectively. Hindus are allowed to worship anything – including s@xual organs. It is not unknown for them to name their children Shiva Lingam (God Shiva's s@xual organ) or Rama Lingam (God Rama's s@xual organ). (In some places in Karnataka, the gods demand both male and females to pray naked together.)

      October 24, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Reply
      • Seared

        http://hinduism.about.com/od/lordshiva/a/What-Is-Shiva-Linga.htm

        Please go through the above link and then comment on the religion. Seems like you do have miniature knowledge about world's religions.

        October 24, 2012 at 3:10 pm |
      • sbkalgi

        Bro Cale Keeble..life is short, have good mind and peaceful living..else you are on your way to blast yrself against India or US as per your Madarsa masters...please wake up before you loose this precious life..may Allah/God bless you...

        October 25, 2012 at 6:09 pm |
  2. Willis

    What we call "extremists" when talking about religions are those who actually follow the letter of their holy books. For someone to be a moderate in Islam, Christianity, or Judaism relies on that person to ignore portions of their own text or devising an interpretation that fits their non-religious beliefs.

    October 24, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Reply
  3. JAY

    Fareed Zakaria is a good/smart/non partisan reporter. keep it up.
    First he is an American reporter then anything else.

    October 24, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Reply
  4. Sam Drummond

    We remain extremely appalled and highly concerned about the continued medieval cultural and barbaric social practices prevalent in the name of Hinduism in India. Much to our chagrin, the human rights organizations are either turning a blind eye towards these injustices or are being paid off to look the other way. We are particularly aware of the victims of such practices, namely, young children and women especially those women who are pregnant and are bearing a female embryo. They are being mistreated or simply sacrificed in the name of their deities. To the civilized world such atrocious behavior is repulsive and is condemned in the strongest words. We urge the Indian Hindus to immediately cease and desist from such unacceptable norms. To them we say the world is watching and will see to it that justice prevails.

    October 24, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Reply
    • Ramiro Ramirez

      With such "Dark Age" culture still in existence in India how can the world be healthy and the neighbors prosperous. India poses a grave danger to the world and its deities and leaders set a bad example. Mahatma Gandhi, a pedophile, needs to be exposed and tried posthumously for his child molestation crimes just like the Penn State crowd Sandusky et al. Gandhi's statutes need to be knocked down everywhere they have been put in USA. The hindu deities need to be shattered and trashed. Disgusting figurines of ugly and scary looking characters with demonic personalities. How can hindu children grow up mentally stable looking at such atrocious representations of evil in its most heinous form.

      October 24, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Reply
      • RRG

        No one is asking you to follow Hinduism. So you don't have to worry. First learn what is tolerance, may be your religion does not teach you.

        October 25, 2012 at 3:09 am |
  5. Ari Binyamin

    It is no secret that Hitler and his Nazi cronies sought inspiration from Indian extremist groups including the branding of his Nazi Party by adopting the Swastika, a traditionally Hindu symbol and representation of Hindu god Ganesha, as its marketing tool. The thesis being that like the Norwegian massacre the Jewish holocaust orchestrated by Hitler was inspired by the inherently violent cult of Indian Hindus and the manifesto of its then extremist/terrorist groups still in existence today. These groups are now the successors to and carrying out the vision of Al Qaeda all over the world albeit in a clandestine manner.

    October 24, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Reply
  6. Buster Cosey

    If the Hindu man's wife dies, he is free to go and find another beautiful woman when he wants. But if the Hindu woman's husband dies, not only is she prohibited to remarry but she should be cremated along with her dead husband ("Sati").
    When His "Holiness" Puri Shankaracharya was asked about the fate of the widow's children, he replied – "it is fate! Let the children suffer or die without a mother. But SATI has to be performed according to Hinduism".

    October 24, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Reply
    • Seared

      PAKI enough of supporting pakistan...In pakistan a man can take as many wives he can when he is alive. Atleast in india the man can take wife when she is dead , like in western countries. And as far as SATI is considered , its practice has severly declined in post independent india and many women are remarrying after their husband's death.

      WHY DONT YOU ,AMA AND CALE KEEBLE GO CRAWL UNDER A ROCK ....

      October 24, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Reply
  7. Greg

    This article is correct but speaking as an outsider (non-muslim,) there seems to be confusion between religion (which appears not to forbid the education of girls) and local culture, which appears to be quite misogynistic. It would be useful to have more discussion and coverage of why and how this situation can exist and perpetuate.

    October 24, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Reply
  8. NO INDIANS IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD PLEASE

    Hinduism is a disgusting cult. Even to this day cross-cousin, father-daughter, mother-son, brother-sister, doing each other is common practice. Let me make it easy for you and refer you to the hindu scriptures and share it with the world. Shame on Hindus and barbaric Hinduism.
    Pushan is the lover of his sister [ Rg Ved VI.55.4 ][ Apte 11 ]
    The Ashvisns married Surya and Savitri who is their sister [ RV I.116.19 ].
    Agni is the son of his father and his sister [ Rg Ved.I.91.7 ]

    October 24, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Reply
    • kevin

      I am an american but travelling India for last 20 years for my business. I have lot of hindu and muslim friends. Hindus and muslims live in India like brothers. They respect each other and never ever think about insulting any one. Why Pakistan muslims hate hinduism so much. Irony is that they do not know any thing about hinduism. Whatever nonsense they are spreading about hinduism is completely false and baseless. As I am so frequent visitor to India, I also invested lot of my time to read Indian culture and especially Vedic India. Vedic civilization is the only oldest civilization that considers women not only equal to men but even superior to men. Women were accorded the highest respect and respected as Mother. If someone is really curious to know Hinduism, then please read books written by Vivekanand. I have read his all four books and I am so much surprised to see the richness of Indian culture. Please get the true knowledge about hinduism and you will be surprised how global and spiritual their culture is.

      October 24, 2012 at 11:14 pm | Reply
      • Paki muslim from NY

        The only reason Pakis hate hindus or hinduism because everyday Mullah start filling their brain with hatredness against Hindu. They tell so many twisted stories and convince every muslim child that all hindus are filthy and hinduism is the worst religion. I am telling you the truth. Because I am muslim girl but was born in NY. However, my parents were born in Pakistan and they told me that how much they hated hindus because of all the pathetic teachings they got from Mullah when they were young. But fortunately, they realized their mistake when they met lot of hindus in NY and most of them are our family friends. Can you imagine how Mullahs in Pakistan are spreading cancer of hatredness. The situation of Pakistani people is that they are like frogs in very dark well and jump from one wall to another wall, thinking they are the best and will spend whole life in living that hell of darkness.

        October 24, 2012 at 11:30 pm |
      • RRG

        It is good to see some sane Pakistanis

        October 25, 2012 at 3:11 am |
  9. T-Bone Thakur

    Tragically, in India people are dying of hunger. Why are low caste poor Hindus prohibited from eating beef? People stop their cars, and sit for hours waiting for a cow to clear the roadway, thinking it to be sacred. In India cow meat is cheaper than other available meats. Instead of these Brahmins taking care of the low caste peoples of India, they are doing their best to save their "holy" cows instead. This is evil. According to Valmith's Ramayana, God Rama "ATE" meat. So then "why" have these Brahmins given up beef-eating? It's hypocrisy within their own religion.

    October 24, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Reply
    • Jimbo

      I totally agree with you that century-long religious traditions are sometimes incompatible with the reality and needs of people. However, in India, this practice is in the category of "stupidity". The same contractdition you find in our Chritian-based US that I would rather have unwanted children suffer for their entire life then allow abortion as a choice for a woman. Thebiggest problem I have with the conservatives who talked of the preciousness of life, compassion and love do not jive with their extreme view on guns, welfare and war.

      October 24, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Reply
    • kevin

      You are muslim from Pakistan. You do not know the realities of India. Though I am an american but have visited India so many times, I am very much familiar with their system. Currently lower caste people are actually gaining maximum benefits and enjoying their reservation rights based on just birth based caste system. Have you heard about Mayawati. I have visited her state. She belongs to lower caste but she had been chief minister. There are thousands of these type of examples. Regarding beef eating, no one stops anyone to eat any meat. Hindus generally do not prefer to eat non-veg and also believe that cow provides milk so treat cow as their mother, do not eat beef. Regarding Ram, how do you know he ate meat. I have read Ramayan, Gita and books written by Swami Vivekanand, I have not found anywhere that ancient people used to eat beef or for that matter any meat. Please get real knowledge, and do not spread lies about hinduism.

      October 24, 2012 at 11:40 pm | Reply
      • RRG

        Their comments are only based on hatred and not on facts. If they cannot comment, they will just abuse which is much easier for them

        October 25, 2012 at 3:13 am |
  10. Yakobi

    Judge a country (or religion, for that matter) by how it treats its women.

    October 24, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Reply
    • T-Bone Thakur

      Kiss India goodye....In some Haryana villages in India, the young girls are routinely threatened, abused and killed all under Khap (tribe/clan) verdicts. It is acceptable for the families to feed pesticide pills to the teenage girls and then dispose off their bodies by burning them without any police records.

      October 24, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Reply
  11. Jimbo

    Whether you are a conservative or liberal, be ware of the importance of separation of church and state in our country.Religions belong to the church, not in the political arena, and it is for an individual's spirituality growth. Think about what this country would look like if the church still rules our societies. No one is trying to attack Christians as long as they do not step over the boundry. If the church teaching is compatible with the 21th century, it will thrive.

    October 24, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Reply
  12. nadeem ahmed

    Mr Fareed Zakariya plagerizer it is heart warming that you care soo much about a single Pakistani girl, but how about the 2 million female foetuses aborted with the use of ultrasound in India every year, simply because they are girls.

    2 Million Malalas are killed in India every year, and their bodies dumped on garbage heaps, left for stray dogs to feast on.

    Why wont the western press shine some light on that, instead of a microscope on Pakistan?

    October 24, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Reply
    • Jimmy Galant-Sarasota-Florida

      Well said, nadeem. i agree. Women are treated like trash in India. i just returned from there and their condition are pathetic.

      October 24, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Reply
      • Woman

        Thats a lie and I am an Indian origin woman.

        October 26, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  13. a slozomby

    why is it whenever anything gets written about pakistan, the pakistanis come out in force and say : "but look at india" ?

    October 24, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Reply
    • Reprinted With Permission ©

      We now need to focus on India. The American invasion of Afghanistan brought to the forefront the irrelevance of India as a nation. With a population of over 1.2 billion people there was no value that this nation could bring to the table. Their soldiers (ragtag) 1.2 million continue hiding in the trenches scared from Talibans. A few teenage Talibans invaded the country and held it hostage for days on end showing how useless India is. It was embarrasing for the world to observe this humiliation of a nation that was being touted as a regional power.

      October 24, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Reply
      • Reprinted With Permission ©

        We continue to read with interest the thesis presented on CNN that "less is more" in a political context as applied to India. Although Mies Van Der Rohe adopted this in an architectural context, its economic and political connotations are indeed powerful. Empowering subjugated minorities in India by splitting it into smaller states would trigger uber economic demand for western nations who have given so much financial and technology aid to India with no return to show for the investment.We concur with this approach and find the premise to be on solid footing. Central Asian States (CAS) are a case in point on this successful approach. We need to understand that India has an unmanageable large population mired in poverty and we are spinning our wheels trying to feed it. It is also too big of a geographical unit to govern. Again, we saw how a few teenage talibans were able to invade it with a few BB guns. And that says a lot... in a negative way not only for a large unmanageable country like India but also for USA which is trying to prop it up against China. Besides, Americans cannot afford to look like losers in the midst of a terror war which has lasted for over ten years now.

        October 24, 2012 at 1:53 pm |
    • RRG

      Off course their whole world revolves around India.

      October 25, 2012 at 3:14 am | Reply
    • Indian Woman

      I agree. This article is abt Pakistan but instead of saying yes we understand some changes are required in our society they bring in India. They are so obsessed by India.

      India has some ills in its society and bad practices but these are not condoned by majority of the people. People understand that we need to work towards changing our society and There is a lot of work going on to get the Indian society rid of these – be it the NGOs, the civil society the press. India is a vibrant, secular democratic society with a strong judiciary and no one can take that away from it.

      October 26, 2012 at 4:36 pm | Reply
  14. Katie Oberman

    Americans without further ado should handover to Pakistan the killer talibans of Malala who slid away to Afghanistan and have sought refuge there.

    October 24, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Reply
    • Timmy

      Why is Obama taking so long to hand over the killers of this wonderful girl Malala who are hiding in Afghanistan or India? Why does not Fareed call the White house and ask them to expedite??? Hmmmm?????

      October 24, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Reply
      • John

        I wonder why also. Pakistan has also requested same. Maybe Pakistan should nuke Afghanistan and bring these killers to justice.

        October 24, 2012 at 1:57 pm |
      • Indian

        Taliban hiding in India! Yeah right. Which hole did you come out from when you were born. Does not look like a human one

        October 24, 2012 at 3:23 pm |
  15. Reprinted With Permission ©

    We now need to focus on India. The American invasion of Afghanistan brought to the forefront the irrelevance of India as a nation. With a population of over 1.2 billion people there was no value that this nation could bring to the table. Their soldiers (ragtag) 1.2 million continue hiding in the trenches scared from Talibans. A few teenage Talibans invaded the country and held it hostage for days on end showing how useless India is. It was embarrasing for the world to observe this humiliation of a nation that was being touted as a regional power.

    We continue to read with interest the thesis presented on CNN that "less is more" in a political context as applied to India. Although Mies Van Der Rohe adopted this in an architectural context, its economic and political connotations are indeed powerful. Empowering subjugated minorities in India by splitting it into smaller states would trigger uber economic demand for western nations who have given so much financial and technology aid to India with no return to show for the investment.We concur with this approach and find the premise to be on solid footing. Central Asian States (CAS) are a case in point on this successful approach. We need to understand that India has an unmanageable large population mired in poverty and we are spinning our wheels trying to feed it. It is also too big of a geographical unit to govern. Again, we saw how a few teenage talibans were able to invade it with a few BB guns. And that says a lot... in a negative way not only for a large unmanageable country like India but also for USA which is trying to prop it up against China. Besides, Americans cannot afford to look like losers in the midst of a terror war which has lasted for over ten years now.

    October 24, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Reply
  16. Kevin Winter-San Diego

    I read that the talibans who shot Malala are either hiding in Afghanistan or India. Both these countries are under US occupation. Why don't we hand them over to Pakistan if we are so concerned about Malala?

    October 24, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Reply
    • Amit-Atlanta-USA.

      I would have no problem if Pakistan nuked india or Afghnaistan to bring these killers to justice only if they refused to hand them over.What is taking so long. We know their Lat. and Long. !!!!!

      October 24, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Reply
    • Barry M

      Nuke these punks. What is Pakistan waiting for? i say do it. We can't let Malala down.

      October 24, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Reply
      • Shaun Mason

        I don't think nukes are the answer. Yes, it would be the fastest way to deal with them, but it would harm many innocent lives living in the area as well. Malala doesn't seem like the person who would want something like a nuke being dropped on the heads on her enemies any way. Besides, those in hiding can't stay hidden for long, so it's just a matter of time before they are taken down for the terrible crimes they have committed.

        October 24, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
    • Larry H

      Exactly! Wonder what the hold up is?

      October 24, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Reply
    • bobalu

      Shall we do a house to house search for him? No wait, we can't do that any more. It will be up to the Afghan army to find the Pakistan Taliban who are based in Afghanistan. Sadly, they are too busy fighting the Afghan Taliban who are based in Pakistan.

      October 24, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Reply
      • Bobby

        Drone 'em ... for pete's sake !!

        October 24, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
    • RRG

      I never read any where that India is under US occupation.

      October 24, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Reply
      • Mazal

        and israel's !!! which gandhi's goat have you been sleeping with? LOL

        October 24, 2012 at 5:45 pm |
      • RRG

        @Mazal: You seem to have lot experience sleeping with animals. Anyways cannot expect better things from you guys

        October 25, 2012 at 3:15 am |
  17. Jimmy Galant-Sarasota-Florida

    Why is Fareed not writing articles telling US Govt/Obama to hand over the killer talibans to Pakistan who are hiding in Afghanistan/India and shot Malala. If you are reading, Fareed, please respond !!!!

    October 24, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Reply
    • Indian

      Taliban hiding in India! Yeah right. Which hole did you come out from when you were born. Does not look like a human one.

      October 24, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Reply
      • iR

        there are people wanted by pakistani agencies sitting in Nooristan province which is totally under US control

        October 24, 2012 at 5:16 pm |
      • No Hindus In My Backyard Please

        I think you are being too emotional as is evident from your vitriol. India must cease financing the terrorists and address the Kashmir genocide issue (among others such as Tamils, Maoists etc.) in order for peace to prevail in south Asia.

        October 24, 2012 at 5:46 pm |
  18. bobalu

    Like a drug addict or alcoholic, Pakistan needs to sink to rock bottom before they make a change. This is not rock bottom for them,

    October 24, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Reply
    • Larry H

      Dont worry about Pakistan...it can't go any lower. Worry about its neighbor India that is disintegrating right before our eyes. Where poverty is rampant. Where all the financing for extremists is coming from.

      October 24, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Reply
  19. lweba

    Its disheartening when a good article like this the comments don't portray the seriousness of the issue put forward, I thought responses will give us a way forward instead what I read is tripe.
    Pakistanis are prisoners in their own land. They are also oppressed and suppressed by extremely violent gangs which use Islam as a cover to persue their insidious policies. What these gangs stand for is completely un-Islamic to the true teaching.of the religion. Lets help Pakistanis free themselves from this MAFIA under the guise of Islam.

    October 24, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Reply
    • bobalu

      They don't want our help. They want our money.

      October 24, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Reply
      • Bobby

        What money? We are broke !!! They are financing our war in Afghanistan and by giving us free transit. not to mention the 200,000 that have given their lives fighting for Americnas

        October 24, 2012 at 2:50 pm |
    • Bryan Beauchamp

      Seems like you are mistaking Pakistan for India. You will find the following interesting read.

      THE AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL REPORT ON "MEERUT" MASSACRE OF MUSLIMS IN INDIA
      Reuters:
      "Amnesty International has concluded that there is strong evidence that members of India’s Provincial Armed Constabulary were responsible for the Muslim massacre (hundreds of thousands) and the deliberate killing of unarmed civilians during the riots and following days."
      The report added that witnesses had charged PAC officers (all Brahmins and High caste Hindus) of herding Muslims into trucks and later shooting them dead (raping the Muslim ladies, in most cases). Their bodies were then tossed into canals and rivers.

      October 24, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Reply
      • Indian

        This happened in 1987 during the hindu musllim riots. Anyways you muzzies need to be treated like that. Otherwise you don't learn. Treat a pig like a pig.

        October 24, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
      • No Hindus In My Backyard Please

        The Chinese have developed an antidote to the "Stink Bomb"threats from hindus. Billions of american skunks on steroids that will be let loose in India to neutralize the stench.Though I am not sure it will be strong enough.

        October 24, 2012 at 5:48 pm |
  20. Weilliam Demuth

    While I appreciate optimisim, this is whistling past a grave yard.

    While one might hope the Arab Sping might catch on, I suspect the Pakistani future is more one of Nuclear Winter.

    If the extremists aren't put in check by the Pakistani government, and are permitted to flourish, it seems inevitable that the Indian government shall be left to do the job, resulting in a million dead, and millions more wishing they had been fortunate enough to have died.

    A glorified 14th century society struck with half a dozen warheads will rapidly become a hell on earth that will endure for ten thousand years.

    October 24, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Reply
  21. tonys

    People who can read and do read are the stealth reformers. Why do you think the Catholic Church tried so long and hard to make sure Bibles weren't available and where never translated from the dead-language Latin? Because if you can read the Bible, you can expose their lies. If you can't read the Bible, then they might was well be God because you will accept everything they say. People who read free themselves.

    October 24, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Reply
  22. TJ

    Give them a couple days, they'll be right back to the tired old saw "Al mout li Amreeka!".

    October 24, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Reply
  23. Maura

    Pakistan did not get where it is overnight. They have made real and sustained effort to get there. Every time the were on the cusp of change, they chose to change for the worse.

    October 24, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Reply
  24. PeterD

    The Liberal American Medias are in bed with White House to Re-elect President Obama.

    October 24, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Reply
  25. TJ Jones

    The real enemy of Pakistan that keeps them from growing up in to a modern country is the lame press which lies, has fantansy conspiracy theories, and fans the flames of hostility against anyone who is not Pakistani. The worst case of ethnic bigotryin the world is the Pakistani press.

    October 24, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Reply
  26. Penny Wright

    The 3 great evils in the world are Islam, the Catholic Church, and the Republican Party...

    October 24, 2012 at 4:46 pm | Reply
  27. maud

    Fareed..did you write this piece yourself or was it stolen from an another? Stop pretending being an American. You are indian and your hatred for Pakistan comes out as soon as you open your mouth or move your pen. Be objective and have some decency to write the truth and not spread your neo-conservative filth.

    October 24, 2012 at 4:49 pm | Reply
    • Mike

      @maud - Fareed is an American. Obama is an American. Einstein was American. People like you even called Mike Dukakis a non-American. Why don't you keep your Republican filth to yourself. We like to call those people American who love America and who do something good for America. Fareed may have a Muslim sounding name but that does not disqualify him - he is a good American too.

      October 24, 2012 at 5:38 pm | Reply
  28. iR

    taliban were never representing true islamic values, had they been doing so, the public would have accepted them long ago ... both conservatives and moderates do not like them ...they are only using the hilly terrain to their advantage that is how they hide from military .. but there is a lot of anti-US sentiment in Pakistan .. and when it comes to choose between taliban or US .. majority would go with taliban because of the massive anti-US sentiment .. as people believe that US buys people in power to make them to its dirty work when they got votes from people and they are suppose to serve people.

    October 24, 2012 at 5:15 pm | Reply
  29. pyraxic

    Your research has some lack of information. When you say "But you don't need a World Bank database to spot these trends. Just ask any schoolgirl in Pakistan" you mean the entire Nation? I don't agree with the fact that the entire Nation is against supporting young girls education. The matter of fact is that less than 5% (in Urban areas) people are facing such issues. Majority of the nurses, doctors, and other medical field related graduates are women. Female literacy rate in Pakistan is 61% and total of 54.9% of adults and 70.7% of youth are literate according to UNICEF.

    October 24, 2012 at 5:27 pm | Reply
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