Pakistan must learn from LTTE’s defeat-Pakistan officer

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Pakistan may not be able to replicate Sri Lanka’s success vis-a-vis the LTTE but needs to learn from it to overcome Islamist militants, a Pakistani police officer has said.
“The Sri Lankan strategy shows that with military might and popular support the state can defeat insurgents,” Mohammad Ali Babakhel said in an article carried Sunday by Dawn newspaper.
“After the use of force, the actual challenge is the capacity of the civilian administration to retain peace and integrate those who surrender.
“If the (Sri) Lankan model cannot be replicated, at least it can be a source of inspiration (for Pakistan),” he said.
Babakhel detailed the similarities between the now vanquished Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and the assorted militant groups in Pakistan – and the differences in the two situations too.
In an apparent reference to the talks Islamabad has held with militant groups, Babakhel said: “The Sri Lankan experience proved that diplomacy and negotiations alone cannot quell militancy.”
He added: “The Sri Lankan model indicates that decisive force is the only solution. In such situations, it often becomes difficult to achieve the ideals of human rights.”
“The Sri Lankan experience has proved that quality is more important than quantity (while defeating insurgents).”
The officer also noted the Sri Lankan success in diplomatically isolating the LTTE and drying up its financial resources.
“Ending fund collection that finances terrorist missions is a challenge that is also faced by Pakistan. Pakistan needs to revisit ways and means of drying up the finances of such organisations.”(IANS)

  Comments - 5

  • jacoob Monday, 14 July 2014 04:17 AM

    There are lot of items in the list to learn from srilanka including how to conduct humanitarian operations, making promises and simply do not worry about them etc etec

    Public Monday, 14 July 2014 04:44 AM

    Do not compare LTTE Terrorists with Pakistani Terrorism. Even if the whole world stands against, terrorism in Pakistan will survive.

    dhammika perera Sunday, 13 July 2014 10:21 PM

    Yes, from General Sarath Fonseka.
    Make sure not from "White Flag" people.

    Manel Monday, 14 July 2014 02:53 AM

    Pakistan has to find officers of the ilk of Kobbakaduwa, Wimalaratna, Sarath Fonseka and "Hasalaka Hero" and not the cowards who ran away to foreign lands.

    George Clooney Monday, 14 July 2014 03:17 AM

    Was it a success? If it was, why is ther a war crimes investigation into the last stages of the war?

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