I am saddened by the killing of former ISI officer, Mr. Khalid Khawaja, by the so called “Asian Tigers” (Punjabi Taliban) after having abducted him more than a month ago.
Even though I have strong differences to the point of view of Mr. Khawaja during the last 3 years, when he appeared as a vocal supporter of jihadis, yet his killing is a chilling reminder and an eye opener to all of us that the Taliban and their off shoots, are nothing but mercenaries having their own twisted agenda of removing anyone who they deem to be a hurdle in their cause. Their cause is something which remains vague, however, it for sure supports a regime that presents the most unrealistic view of our faith.
Mr. Khawaja was a Mujahid by conviction, with a well known motivation of ridding the world of American domination. It is ironic that he has been killed because the Asian Tigers considered him to be an “American Agent” and part of the “Lal Masjid saga”.
I hope that people who support the Taliban or have any sympathies towards them would realize what a grave mistake they have been doing. Till now it was the moderate forces that were at a risk of being attacked by the extremists. Now it can be anyone’s head who doesn’t seem to tow the line set by the terrorists.
It is also my sincere hope that newspapers and media highlight this point as much as possible to bring about awareness of the dangers associated with supporting these so called Jihadis.