An urgent enquiry and if necessary a thorough overhaul of its intelligence services and its defense capabilities are the minimum required if Pakistan is to re-establish its international credibility.
Al-Qaeda is now active in Pakistan, North Africa, Somalia and Yemen while cells have been discovered in Britain, Germany, Spain and other parts of Europe.
Islam prohibits war, participation in it and encouraging it, except for justifiable reasons, such as resistance to transgression and in self-defense as well as the defense of one's family, possessions, nation and religion. Holy Qur'an is very clear:
So what explains this state of affairs even when the White House has a black president who has repeatedly sought a “new way forward” with the world’s Muslims? There’s a simple and one-word answer to this question: Israel.
Their presence in Libya will provide them with flexibility to move around in Africa and an alternative ally in case Egypt were to be over-run by individuals who entertain anti-US sentiments.
So where do the allies go from here? The question will confront Zardari and Obama when they meet next month. Whether they like it or not, the two countries need and are stuck with each other. They will have to address the major irritant in their relationship though.
The United States, which has recently withdrawn its jet fighters and most of its battle ships from Libya, is taking a step back. It continues to call for Qaddafi's exit, but Washington is divided over the issue of arming the rebels and formally recognizing them.
As we all know, the facts are simple. The Libyan people have finally risen up against an evil dictatorship that has oppressed them for over 40 years. They are fighting against superior amour, air power and a trained army buttressed by professional mercenaries.