When the military regime's strongman issued this statement, it impressed neither the political parties nor cowed down the jehadis. In fact, the only group which found Haider's directive reassuring was the diplomatic corps. One European ambassador was quick to ask: "So, is the government under pressure?"
The government may be under pressure, but the jehadis are not. The following day, a clutch of jehadi parties demanded that Haider should be tried for blasphemy as his statement undermines the important Islamic tenet of jehad. Indeed, it is business as usual on the streets of Pakistan—recruitment for jehad continues, donations for the 'cause' continue to pour in. And not a single person has been arrested yet for carrying arms.