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Priest: Pakistan ‘in the hands of the Taliban’

May 24, 2011

A prominent Pakistani priest has told the Fides news agency that the popularity of the Taliban has grown following the death of Osama bin Laden.

“Pakistan is now in the hands of the Taliban,” says Father Bonnie Mendes, who is ending his term as the head of the Asian section of Caritas Internationalis. “They have become even stronger, even after the death of Bin Laden. And enjoy the consensus of large segments of the population: the ordinary citizen, the average Muslim Pakistani, is very angry with the government, the United States and NATO, and this is why they look favorably on the actions of the Taliban groups.”

While Christians and other religious minorities are “annihilated and reduced to silence,“ “at the moment they are not the preferred or significant target : the military, the government headquarters, the NATO offices instead are the targets.”


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  • Posted by: rpp - May. 24, 2011 7:21 PM ET USA

    Taliban with nukes. That thought, perhaps more than many others, may help drive many of us to the sacrament of confession even more frequently as we never know what may happen next. May God grant mercy and peace for all those in that part of the world. May hatred, fear and destruction not spread or pass beyond their borders.