Benazir Bhutto kommer sent – kanskje for sent til å redde et minimum av legalt politisk liv i Pakistan. Salafistene utgjør allerede en stat i staten flere steder. De driver selvjustis og har sine folk innen politi og hær.
Bhutto antydet at det v ar disse som sørget for at lyset gikk langs ruten hennes kolonne fulgte torsdag kveld, og telefonen også falt ut.
«In the Pakistani (secret) agencies and in the army there are so many people who are not secular, who are fundamentalists and will help a suicide bomber to carry out his job,» said Saifullah, a former district leader of Hezb-ul-Mujahedeen. Saifullah uses just one name.
Several senior al-Qaida operatives have been arrested in homes owned or occupied by members of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, which was part of a six-party religious alliance that governed North West Frontier Province until the parliament was dissolved earlier this month.
Several militant groups have also been linked to Pakistan’s secret service, including Hezb-ul-Mujahedeen, Lashkar-e-Tayyaba, Harakat-ul-Islam and Jaish-ul Mohammed. Pakistan has outlawed some of the groups but allowed them to resurface under other names.
Lashkar-e-Tayyaba was banned in 2002 but reconstituted as Jamaat-ud-Dawa, which was outlawed as a terrorist group by the United States. Pakistan, however, has refused to ban it.
Med fienden innenfor murene er det ikke lett for Musharraf å gjøre noe effektivt mot de radikale kreftene, som er blitt mer og mer pågående. De driver allerede som moralsk politii overfor befolkningen, og sprer skrekk.
The self-declared standardbearers of Islam have also rampaged through the region bombing girls schools, threatening female teachers and even beheading two women they charged with prostitution. They have burned down music and CD shops and threatened barbers with violence if they trimmed beards. In some areas, they have even set up their own police forces.
Retorikken er blodtørstig: offisielt er man mot at sivile drepes, men det er helt ok å drepe Bhutto. Hun er en vantro.
Musharrafs storming av den Røde moske i Islamabad provoserte de ekstreme. De har svart med selvmordsangrep. Musharraf satte inn hæren i Waziristan mot de samme folkene som han kapitulerte for for et år siden. Forsøkene på å vise styrke i 11. time er vanskelig. 250 soldater ble kidnappet, og tre er halshogget.
Metodene fra Irak anvendes nå både i Afghanistan og Pakistan. Det er grunn til å tro at selvmordsaksjoner vil øke i frekvens og styrke.
Mahmoud Al Hasan, a leader of Hezb-ul-Mujahedeen, a militant group aligned to Pakistan’s religious Jamaat-e-Islami party, condemned the bombing because of the civilians who were killed, but attacked both Bhutto and Musharraf as a «slaves» of the United States.
He castigated Bhutto for her comments against extremism and her recent statement that she would accept U.S. assistance in targeting Osama bin Laden if he is found on Pakistani territory.
«Benazir Bhutto was totally talking like an infidel. What should be the reaction of jihadis? They should definitely kill her. She is an enemy of Islam. She is an enemy of jihadis. She is an enemy of the country. This is the reaction,» said Al Hasan. «If it had killed only Benazir Bhutto then it would have been OK.»
A businessman in the northwestern city of Peshawar who finances militant groups said the attack against Bhutto was well-coordinated and planned. The man, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of being arrested by authorities, said there are hundreds of would-be bombers in Pakistan who are ready to blow themselves up in such attacks.
He said they find sanctuary in the tribal regions along the Afghan border where like-minded tribesmen under the Taliban banner hold sway.
One of the warlords in this region, Baitullah Mehsud, threatened earlier this month to meet Bhutto’s return to Pakistan with suicide attacks, according to local media reports.
Mehsud, who has denied responsibility in Thursday’s attack, has bragged of having 3,000 would-be suicide bombers. His suicide squads have taken credit for attacks against the military and police in northwestern Pakistan, as well as bombings at a hotel in the capital of Islamabad that killed a security guard and at the Islamabad international airport.