While commenting on the closure of Nato supply by Pakistan after the Chicago summit, US President Barack Obama said: “The US does not want Pakistan to be consumed by its own extremism.” He was, of course, referring to Pakistani society’s march towards the right and rampant anti-Americanism. Pakistan has been chastised in the local and international media for becoming an intolerant society and the increasing role of religion in the public space is considered as the sole reason for this growing phenomenon. The issue of closure of the Nato supply route is also seen in this context where the public is considered ‘emotional’ and ‘idealistic’ in its demands for cutting Pakistan’s alliance with the US and Nato by continuing the blockade of the ground lines of communication for Nato forces fighting in Afghanistan.
Cooperation with the US in the war on terror, when the masses are suffering from the disastrous economic repercussions of Pakistan’s participation in this war, only strengthens the perception that this government is continuing to safeguard the interests of the US rather than that of the masses.
Islamabad, May 24.