Cap­i­tal in grip of shiv­er­ing fear

Pakistan Observer - - EDITORIALS & COMMENTS -

THOUGH

un­cer­tainty pre­vails through­out the coun­try for un­der­stand able rea­sons but the Fed­eral Cap­i­tal and its twin city Rawalpindi are in the grip of shiv­er­ing fear for the last 48 hours in the back­drop of high se­cu­rity alert by the au­thor­i­ties con­cerned. There are re­ports that some ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions, a five star ho­tel and a shrine could be tar­geted by ter­ror­ists.

These are not imag­i­nary fears as ter­ror­ists have been hit­ting schools, col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties be­sides places of wor­ship and crowded bazaars and en­ter­tain­ment fa­cil­i­ties. There­fore, In­te­rior Min­is­ter Ch. Nisar Ali Khan, who is widely known to be a prac­ti­cal man, has rightly or­dered com­pre­hen­sive se­cu­rity ar­range­ments for safety of peo­ple and key in­stal­la­tions and in­sti­tu­tions. The threat that Pakistan is fac­ing these days is, of course, the con­se­quence of Pakistan’s world ac­claimed op­er­a­tion against ter­ror­ists. The Armed forces, se­cu­rity agen­cies and peo­ple of Pakistan have suf­fered im­mensely dur­ing this un­con­ven­tional war both in terms of men and ma­te­rial. The op­er­a­tion has, no doubt, achieved re­mark­able suc­cesses as Pakistan Army has al­most com­pleted its job in FATA where ter­ror­ists’ safe havens have been elim­i­nated. How­ever, the prob­lem of ter­ror­ism is not con­fined to a few places as sleeper cells of ter­ror­ists are re­port­edly present in dif­fer­ent parts of the coun­try. They would, there­fore, con­tinue to present for­mi­da­ble chal­lenge in years to come and as warned by US Pres­i­dent Obama in his lat­est state of the union ad­dress, Pakistan is likely to face tur­bu­lence dur­ing the next few decades. There­fore, we will have to brace up for the chal­lenge on long term ba­sis and this re­quires united and con­certed ef­forts by each and ev­ery seg­ment of the so­ci­ety. Of course, our Armed forces and law en­forc­ing agen­cies have the ca­pac­ity to thwart de­signs of the en­emy but in view of grav­ity of the sit­u­a­tion, greater vig­i­lance and alert­ness is re­quired on the part of ev­ery cit­i­zen for the pur­pose.

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