July 12, 2007Foreign Affairs

Dead clerics tell no tales

Lal Masjid deaths: how many, who and most importantly why?

This is an archived blog post from The Acorn.

Gen Musharraf needed to storm Lal Masjid for two reasons. The first has received a lot of attention in the international media: restoring the writ of the state’. The second has not: silencing those who would have spilled the beans on the links between the Pakistani military establishment and the jihadi network. [See Ejaz Haider’s op-ed in the Daily Times] Operation Silence—they do have a wonderful sense of irony out there—managed to achieve both ends…for now.

The question now is which of these two successes will unravel first.



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