Originally Posted by Fundamentalist
First, apologies for the late reply. Busy at work.
I did not mean to imply that the rise of the TTP is purely because of social injustice in Pakistan; by 'faultlines' I meant that the TTP has grown in prominence because of some
inherent shortcoming in the state of Pakistan.
The conclusion is inescapable, IMHO. Sikh separatism in the 80s/90s in India, the Kashmir problem we have, the trouble in the North East - all of these happened/ are happening not just because of some trend or the other. They are also happening because the state, the Indian state, had some shortcomings, something wrong in our ability to prevent these phenomena
. This could be social injustice, weak mechanisms to deliver development, whatever.
But, as they say, it takes two hands to clap. That these movements have arisen is the 'fault' of the state.
Similarly for Pakistan. Role of the CIA/ Zia's policies may be important reasons; however, it is an inescapable conclusion that the state was unable to absorb and remedy the problems. And thereby lies the crux, IMO. The state's strength lies in its ability to 'absorb', mitigate, external trends.