The Taliban’s trap

Peace talks in Islamabad were never going to go anywhere. Best thing to read on why not appears in Dawn today by Zahid Hussain:

The government has walked straight into a trap with the Taliban dictating the rules of the game.

It didn’t take long. Today there are plenty of stories parroting the Taliban’s line that it was the government negotiators that messed up the prospect of talks. Take for example the BBC’s online headline:

Pakistan: Taliban criticise peace talks delay

At a stroke, the Pakistan Taliban has been able to claim the moral high ground, attract reams of coverage and portray the government team as shambling idiots who are not sincere about talks. Expect this to continue until Pakistan gets its act together.

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