Re­gional so­lu­tion to ter­ror­ism

Pakistan Observer - - EDITORIAL & COMMENTS -

STues­day, PEAK­ING at the In­ter­na­tional In­sti­tute of Strate­gic Stud­ies in Lon­don on

In­te­rior Min­is­ter Ch Nisar Ali while high­light­ing dif­fer­ent rea­sons and di­men­sions of ter­ror­ism, em­phat­i­cally asked the west­ern coun­tries to re­frain from im­pos­ing any counter ter­ror­ism so­lu­tion on South Asia.

Un­doubt­edly ter­ror­ism has emerged as a global phe­nom­e­non and re­quires co­or­di­nated ef­forts amongst comity of na­tions to ef­fec­tively deal with this can­cer but at the same time one should not for­get that each re­gion has its own pe­cu­liar se­cu­rity and ter­ror­ist threats that re­quire spe­cially de­vised re­sponses and home-grown so­lu­tions. In fact, ter­ror­ism has been wreak­ing havoc in this par­tic­u­lar re­gion over the last many years and the mil­i­tary in­ter­ven­tion by the West cou­pled with sub­ver­sive ac­tiv­i­ties of for­eign agen­cies only added fuel to the fire in­stead of bring­ing the acts of ter­ror­ism down. Prior to the US led mil­i­tary in­ter­ven­tion in Afghanistan, one would have hardly heard about the sui­cide at­tacks claim­ing the lives of the peo­ple in this re­gion but the post 9/11 pe­riod then un­leashed an era of blood­shed that filled out streets and mar­kets with blood of in­no­cent peo­ple. Fi­nally, Pak­istan took the bull by the horns af­ter the at­tack on APS Pe­shawar and since then it has achieved tremen­dous suc­cesses by elim­i­nat­ing the ter­ror­ists in their last bas­tions in Shawal val­ley. How­ever, still a lot more needs to be done to avert the resur­fac­ing of th­ese el­e­ments. For this, both Pak­istan and Afghanistan are re­quired to work closely and col­lec­tively with­out point­ing ac­cusatory fin­gers on each other to counter the de­signs of those who do not want peace here. The QCG process, formed on the side­lines of Heart of Asia Con­fer­ence in Islamabad last De­cem­ber was a step in the right di­rec­tion to se­cure peace­ful so­lu­tion to Afghan is­sue by bring­ing the Afghan gov­ern­ment and the war­ring par­ties at ne­go­ti­a­tion ta­ble. Whilst pur­su­ing this course, the stake­hold­ers should re­main wary of the spoil­ers and draw up a com­pre­hen­sive strat­egy that also en­vis­ages ad­dress­ing root causes of ter­ror­ism. This strat­egy should in­clude pro­mot­ing in­ter-faith and sec­tar­ian har­mony be­sides ad­dress­ing so­cial ills like poverty and un­em­ploy­ment. West­ern coun­tries should sup­port the so­cio-eco­nomic devel­op­ment ini­tia­tives and ful­fil their re­spon­si­bil­ity to­wards re­solv­ing the long-stand­ing re­gional dis­putes like Kash­mir to make the re­gion cra­dle of peace.


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