Fight­ing ter­ror­ism

Southasia - - EDITOR’S MAIL -

In the ar­ti­cle “Whither Ter­ror­ism?”, the writer states that ter­ror­ism ceases when ei­ther a ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tion loses its steam; is suc­cess­fully put down by po­lice action or mil­i­tary force or as a re­sult of di­a­logue. In today’s world where so­phis­ti­cated weaponry is eas­ily available for any­one with wads of cash, at­tempts to solve dis­putes on the ne­go­ti­a­tion table can prove quite futile. Those who be­lieve in the ef­fec­tive­ness of di­a­logue give the ex­am­ple of the U.S. While it is true that the U.S. was even­tu­ally forced to ini­ti­ate di­a­logue with the same Tal­iban it had been fight­ing against for more than ten years in Afghanistan, this case should be seen in iso­la­tion.

The Afghan Tal­iban have been fight­ing against a for­eign oc­cu­pa­tion and this makes their case com­pletely dif­fer­ent from that of Pak­istan’s. The Tal­iban in Pak­istan have waged a ‘ji­had’ against their coun­try’s elected gov­ern­ment. They do not be­lieve in the Con­sti­tu­tion of Pak­istan de­spite the fact that its core ar­ti­cle, the Ob­jec­tives Res­o­lu­tion pro­claims, among other things, that sovereignty be­long to God alone. We are al­ready suf­fer­ing much in terms of men and ma­te­ri­als at the hands of ter­ror­ists. We should not lose any more ter­ri­tory – geo­graph­i­cal or ide­o­log­i­cal – to them.

Daud A. Khan Pe­shawar, Pak­istan

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