Terrorism in Pakistan: Not What You Think
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  • JRR

    So, Pakistanis, rich and poor alike, hate terrorists; but somehow terrorists thrive – they seem to have a access to a solid support network to provide funds, arms, intelligence and protection. And who is a position to provide all this…the answer is ISI! No doubt the ISI can eliminate anyone they don’t like. The ISI obviously views terrorist network as “assets” it can deploy when needed –

  • Zubaida Nazeer

    Terrorism has haunted Pakistan more than any other country in the
    world. The fight against it has cost the lives of more than 5,000
    soldiers and 30,000 civilians. The Taliban and al Qaeda who have
    mounted most of these terrorist attacks say that they will continue to
    hit targets of their choosing. Barely a week passes without some
    deadly attack taking place. The Pakistan army and law enforcement
    agencies have been fighting the Taliban for several years and have
    diminished their numbers and capability. But there are still enough of
    them to pose a serious threat to the state and its good order. It is
    possible also that they are able to replenish their losses by
    recruiting young people coming out of the seminaries. What is to be
    done then? There are pockets of support for Taliban and al Qaeda
    within Pakistani society. Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, Lashkar-e-Tayyaba and
    Jaish-e-Mohammad share their ideological orientation. Opposition
    leaders and organs of civil society, notably the media barons, all
    condemn terrorism. But it is also said that while the army and the
    intelligence agencies at their higher levels want to liquidate
    terrorist organisations, some of their subordinates are sympathetic to
    them. They do not fully implement the orders to battle them. These
    functionaries need to be identified and removed. Certain elements
    within the Islamic parties and the PML-N also have a soft corner for
    the Taliban and like-minded groups. The party leaders concerned should
    ask such supporters to clean up their act or leave. Terrorism in
    Pakistan has assumed frightful proportions and it will not wither away
    nor disappear unless a ruthless and comprehensive campaign to abolish
    it is undertaken.

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