Aid is power, soft power. The Taliban fears this power more than hard power. Why? Because kindness is not cheap; kindness has a cost it can't afford. For this reason, aid workers are far more dangerous than soldiers.
International aid organizations here appear unfazed by the Pakistani Taliban’s declaration that their presence in the flood-hit country is “unacceptable.”The flood might be worse for the Taliban than all of the bullets the US has poured into Afghanistan. If they kill aid workers, they will lose support; if they do not kill aid workers, they will lose support. Why did God put them in this difficult situation?
“It’s not affecting our activities — we’re continuing our operations normally and in fact we're increasing our response to the flood disaster,” says James Nichols, a spokesman for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), which is providing medical care, clean water, and hygiene kits throughout Pakistan.
On Thursday, Pakistani Taliban spokesman Azam Tariq told the Associated Press that “no relief” is reaching the affected people and termed the presence of foreign aid workers “unacceptable.”