Pakistan’s Terrorism Narrative Dilemma

Nizam Rahim Baloch
It needs much care while leveling accusations against any element prior to any substantial evidence. Moreover, terrorism is again getting momentum in Quetta after the lull of a short period. The recent mass killing reveals this notion that much action is required to end the menace of terrorism.
Here it is imperative to mention that the mayhem of this inhuman act depicts a vivid indication that without an effective security mechanism and coordination among the law enforcement agencies the endeavors already attained against militancy are counterproductive. Political and military leaderships should be meticulous because the public opinion regarding the modus operandi against the religious militants is not favorable.
Now, different narratives are appearing in Pakistani society about the non-state actors and their inimical objectives. While contemplating the monster of terrorism in Pakistan One cannot deny the role of radical religious transformation during 1980s in the surveillance of state. The homicide of innocent civilians has become the business of day but it does not mean that merely prayers, condemnations and vows are adequate to tackle this burgeoning challenge.
It is high time for the entire nation to stand united in lieu of blame-game. Religious militancy has deeply penetrated its imprints in the society. Therefore, it requires much consideration. National action plan (NAP) and NACTA should be fully implemented and civil-military leadership must accomplish its vow of dismantling terrorism on the basis of across the board instead of selective actions against some groups and giving others free hand. Intelligence lapse in such gruesome deeds cannot be neglected altogether.
It is the onus of political, religious and military leaderships that they should not give sweeping statements about such attacks because the entire nation is already being traumatized and those who have lost their love ones are in great grief and are in mourning. They actually anticipate holistic and productive responses from the leadership. It is an antediluvian method to throw dust in the eyes of people by stating emotional rhetoric and reiterating the commitment of uprooting militancy; rather people are in dire need to see actions. The sacrifices of law enforcement forces and civilians against terrorist outfits are by any mean laudable. No one is labeling the security institutions as mere spectator but in every phenomenon the element of amelioration does exist.
The rise of non-state armed actors at global level is the ultimate repercussion of proxy wars waged by global and regional players to aggrandize their grip over the world political and economic affairs. Now, as a matter of fact, Pakistan has always been the part of these games. Be that alliance against soviet during cold war, joining CENTO and SEATO and in post 9/11 as a frontline ally of America in war against terror.
Notwithstanding, the successive terror attacks on Pakistan’s soil are the results of our ineffective policies and our quest to become a military giant in the region. It is a dilemma that in order to dismember India we have squandered our potentials in building lethal arsenal. No doubt, securing one’s sovereignty is a priority but if we use diplomatic cards at right time then it would pave the way for economic prosperity. It is only possible through regional integration and adopting the principle of reciprocity to resolve the outstanding issues particularly with Afghanistan and India.
Augmenting corruption, political instability, ethnic tensions, growing poverty, obsession of total global isolation and tension with neighbors are also prevailing impediments. We must bear in mind that we have to sort out the ailment of our issues with the power of national integration and there is no short cut to get rid of terrorism because the sleepers cells are able to strike whenever they find a space. It is the time to refrain from lying before the nation the realities about the strength, funding and support of so-called good terrorists.
Khalil Jibran once stated that “not a single leaf falls from the tree without the silent consent of the whole tree”. It can be well applied in the terrorism wave in Pakistan. It is a white lie that terrorism is the production of external elements though the enemies would certainly exploit every opportunity to take revenge as our track record of interference is not good. So, these all narratives are bitter realities and those nations who fear from discussing the loopholes in their security apparatus would never liberate themselves from the challenges. We should be meticulous because unless peace is restored the dream of national homogeneity, economic prosperity and last but not the least the multibillion China Pakistan economic Corridor would be at risk.
Writer is a student of Political Science at GC University Lahore
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Nizam Rahim Baloch holds a Master’s Degree in Political Science from GC University Lahore. He writes for Balochistan Voices and Free Press Unlimited.