Fantasy of extremism
Saad was the student of ‘O’ and ‘A level’, an education, which is considered to be the elite education of this country. Saad who was sentenced to death after his sentence was confirmed by Chief of Army Staff, a few days back, was involved in the incident of gruesome killing of peaceful Shia Ismaili Community. Later on, the incident was known as Safoora bus incident. He was also involved in the killing of Saben Mehmud, a social activist. Tendencies developed in Saad and his ‘educated friends’ are alarming. Despite having a secure and desirable position in society, rich status and background, and modern environment, Saad and his friends were convinced to conduct this callous operation. This conviction arose inside Saad that may be termed, specific to Saad, as a mindset of Saadism.
One of the several reasons is the fantasy and thrill of terrorist activities being carried on by terrorists. As it was claimed by the author Marina Ottaway in her article “ISIS: Many faces, Different battles” That a fantasy is primary reason that luring all the educated youth from across the world toward IS. This attraction is not confined to the Muslim youth. Non-muslims are also being attracted towards this phenomenon after conversion. Therefore, this phenomenon can also be applied on this society. Though there cannot be one reason for the attraction of youth, yet accumulation of various reasons including reason of fantasy makes youth to do such kind of acts.
Unemployment also creates the space for these kinds of thoughts to be accumulated in the mind of youth. In a broader analysis, it has deep connection with unemployment. A significant portion of youth is unemployed including those who do not need job for money. A significant portion of youth is looking for the job because they have passion to invest their energies in productive activities for sake of exposure. So, it can also be claimed that Saadism grows because of unemployment.
In order to counter the Saadism, it has to be managed by all spheres. Primary ground for this battle is ideological ground. All the security institutions and other parts of society have to work on ideological grounds. Conviction can be killed by the conviction only. Punishments must be awarded to all delinquents. However, ideological fights must be taken in parallel way of these punishments. Death sentence can take the lives only; it cannot be taken as ‘the only way’. Constitution of backdrops of these acts has to be made and publicize through all the available means.
There can be sorted out various other factors. Priorities and preferences of youth can take any course in this environment of uncertainty. Perilous backdrops of this uncertainty may be aggrandized as much as needed. All in all, it is an attempt to establish the fact that death sentences are not enough to be relied on. There are other grounds, which require different strategies to counter this phenomenon of Saadism or whatever it is. —Islamabad