By Bilal Qureshi
Terrorists are carrying out attacks inside Pakistan with incredible ease and stunning accuracy. Taliban are seizing more and more territory everyday. The sense of security and protection in the country is long gone. Everyone in Pakistan is nervous, and nobody knows how and when, if ever, life will become stable or normal. Not only are Pakistanis tense, but this erosion of law & order in Pakistan is also making its neighbors extremely uncomfortable. Obviously, if the current trend of violence in Pakistan continued, countries around Pakistan might join hands to protect their territory from the on-going carnage in Pakistan.
This is no doubt that the problems that Pakistan is facing today are extremely complex. It is also true that responsible people in the current and in the previous administration have done everything in their power to confront the threat of terrorism, religious militancy and convince Pakistanis that terrorists are enemies of Pakistan, but judging from the current level of bloodbath in the country, it is clear that governments have failed. As a result of this failure, regretfully there is no place in Pakistan that is safe or out of reach for vicious thugs using religion to carry out massacre.
The security situation in Pakistan is just awful.
It is never safe to shift the blame because this pattern of finding excuses actually destroys the ability to be honest and realistic about the ground realities and we are witnessing this play out in Pakistan today. There are people, and they are not in minority, who believe that if only America leaves Pakistan alone, everything will get better. There are political parties, pundits, analysts, writers, journalists, and of course, religious scholars making the case that Taliban are not bad people, we just don’t know anything about them. And when we get a chance to witness any evidence of Taliban’s unimaginable brutality, especially if the evidence is in the shape of a video, we hear that the evidence is fake and more absurdly, the evidence is turned into a conspiracy against Taliban by the Americans. Even more amusingly, the so-called analysts, untrained and biased anchors join the chorus that Taliban did nothing wrong and there is an international plot to demonize Taliban, who, according to these people are simple people.
This denial and appalling logic is actually the root cause of Pakistan’s problems.
Interestingly, so far, no one has asked what Asma Jehangir pointed out on T.V. According to Ms. Jehangir, If the system that Taliban are proposing is so safe, so ideal, and so just, then, why aren’t we seeing caravans of buses, truck, trains, cars and jeeps etc moving from rest of the country to Swat or FATA where Taliban are in complete control and their form of Sharia is in place? This question should be put to the supporters of Taliban and they must answer, openly and unequivocally so that the ordinary Pakistan get a chance to understand the complexity of the problem.
The reality is that that unless Pakistanis agree that Taliban are not the answer to any problem, nothing will change. Otherwise, Pakistanis will continue to see suicide bombing across the country. If the most urgent issue of terrorism is not decisively addressed right away, Pakistanis will continue to see their schools turn into fortresses, Pakistani women being targeted by misguided people convinced that they are working to ‘restore woman’s honor.’ If the nation did not wake up, Pakistanis will drown with their eyes and ears open!