To­wards Pu­rifi­ca­tion

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It would per­haps be ap­pro­pri­ate to say that Pak­istan has be­come a cor­rupt coun­try over­taken by ter­ror­ists. Th­ese ter­ror­ists are not only the en­e­mies of one fac­tion or group; they are the en­e­mies of Pak­istan. The Pe­shawar in­ci­dent re­minds one of the Bes­lan School Hostage cri­sis which took place in Septem­ber 2004, in Rus­sia, It lasted for three days and in­volved the cap­ture of over 1,100 peo­ple as hostages (in­clud­ing 777 chil­dren) end­ing with the death of 385 peo­ple. In the wake of this tragedy, the Rus­sian Gov­ern­ment brought a num­ber of re­forms. The Krem­lin con­sol­i­dated its con­trol over me­dia and in­creas­ingly at­tacked the non­govern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions (es­pe­cially those for­eign-founded). It pro­ceeded to toughen laws on ter­ror­ism and ex­panded the pow­ers of law en­force­ment agen­cies. Rus­sian For­eign min­is­ter re­jected ev­ery crit­i­cism from USA and other coun­tries con­sid­er­ing it an in­ter­nal mat­ter. Th­ese re­forms marked the end of mass ter­ror­ism in and around Chech­nya.

In the back­drop of Pe­shawar in­ci­dent, the gov­ern­ment needs to take more proac­tive steps to root out the men­ace of ter­ror­ism from this soil. Op­er­a­tion Zarb-e-Azb has al­ready an­nounced suc­cess. More steps are re­quired on na­tional level. Ter­ror­ists are spread­ing in the guise of re­li­gious and so­cial re­formists. Pak­istan needs one pol­icy for all kind of ter­ror­ists whether sec­tar­ian, po­lit­i­cal or so­cial. There should be no dis­tinc­tion in deal­ing with en­e­mies of Pak­istan who have shaken the roots of this coun­try.

It’s a good decision by the PM to lift mora­to­rium on death penalty and shun the pol­icy of dis­tinc­tion be­tween good and bad Tal­iban. Nazia Jabeen,

La­hore

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