Ter­ror­ism

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION -

SADIA JAHANDAD

Ter­ror­ism means the de­struc­tive ac­tiv­i­ties taken re­course to by a group of peo­ple to co­erce a gov­ern­ment to yield to their de­mands. Ter­ror­ists en­gage them­selves to vi­o­lent ac­tiv­i­ties. They use deadly arms and am­mu­ni­tion. Ter­ror­ism is an in­ter­na­tional prob­lem in to­day’s global com­mu­nity. Many na­tions are af­fected, whether di­rectly or in­di­rectly.

Most na­tions op­pose ter­ror­ism, while oth­ers con­done or even sup­port ac­tive, bru­tal ter­ror­ism and ter­ror­ist groups. Ter­ror­ism is mostly used as a lever to achieve a po­lit­i­cal aim. It is the big­gest men­ace faced by the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity to­day.

Ter­ror­ism has emerged as an ide­ol­ogy that has af­fected this world a lot. There are many coun­tries of the world that are fac­ing this threat. All are try­ing to counter it but ter­ror­ism is on rise. Ter­ror­ism has struck all through his­tory and around the world. Even in an­cient Ro­man times, em­per­ors such as Tiberius and Caligula dealt with ter­ror­ism by ban­ish­ing or pros­e­cut­ing those who op­posed their rule. Pak­istan is also the vic­tim of this ter­ror­ism.

Pak­istan has been af­flicted by this worse form of so­cial mal­ice for more than 65 years. The rea­son of that it has a big func­tional bound­ary with coun­tries like In­dia, Iran, Afghanistan and China. In fact it is suf­fer­ing more than any other coun­try. One of the goals of ter­ror­ism is to make their views heard. The me­dia is an ex­cel­lent win­dow for the ter­ror­ists to shout their de­mands and views im­me­di­ately af­ter an at­tack. It has changed its forms and with the pas­sage of time has be­come more lethal and fright­en­ing.

The re­li­gious in­tol­er­ance, po­lit­i­cal mistrust and in­sta­bil­ity, mil­i­tary in­ter­ven­tions, par­tial eco­nomic poli­cies, my­opic vi­sion­ary poli­cies, eth­nic, re­gional and lin­gual prej­u­dices let the flame of ter­ror­ism flare up in full swing which re­sulted in eco­nomic in­sta­bil­ity, trust deficit among dif­fer­ent so­cial fac­tions and sense of in­sta­bil­ity among the masses of Pak­istan.

We should try to stop th­ese ter­ror­ist ac­tiv­i­ties from hap­pen­ing. We should stop killing in­no­cent peo­ple be­cause it gives birth to a ter­ror­ist. We should re­solve the is­sues by talks be­cause killings re­sult in killings. The courts should work to pro­vide jus­tice to peo­ple on all lev­els. Re­peated in­jus­tice will force peo­ple to be­come ter­ror­ists. Jus­tice de­layed is jus­tice de­nied. Ter­ror­ism must be rec­og­nized as a new type of mil­i­tary ag­gres­sion that re­quires gov­ern­men­tal ac­tion. It in­volves an un­de­clared war and gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials must take the same sort of ac­tions that they would if threat­ened by a hos­tile coun­try. There must be changes in order to pre­vent fur­ther ter­ror­ist ag­gres­sion in this decade and in the fu­ture. There has to be drawn a line if we are in­ter­ested to com­pletely erad­i­cate this mod­ern scourge of ter­ror­ism. — Islamabad

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