Thursday, November 16, 2006

Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA)

Pakistan is an interesting country. It effectively has an islamic version of our Republican party, the Pakistan Muslim League (Q) (PML-Q), which is the largest political party which Musharraf belongs to, an islamic version of our Democrats, the Pakistan People's Party Parliamentarians (PPPP), which is the second largest party and a third party, the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA), which I call an islamic version of our KKK in its heyday. It is this third party which controls the outer regions of Pakistan which is the source of our problems. Although the MMA is the third largest political party, it is still far too powerful for Musharraf to defeat militarily. When Musharraf signed a treaty with one of the provinces belonging to the MMA, it allowed the Taliban and Al Quaida to dedicate their resources in that province against Afghanistan and attacks multiplied against our forces in Afghanistan. What is needed is a comprehensive plan involving both Afghanistan, Pakistan and the USA to take care of the Taliban, Al Quaida and the MMA. The main roadblock to this happening is the battle of egos between Afghanistan and Pakistan. Each blame the other solely for the problem, and especially Pakistan is trying to resolve the issue all by themselves.

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