De­feat­ing In­sur­gency, Ter­ror­ism And Venom Spit­ting Ex­trem­ists Through In­di­rect Strate­gic Ap­proach

The Diplomatic Insight - - Editor’s Desk - *Maj Gen (R) Muham­mad Fa­rooq Essen­tial­in­gre­di­entsofind­i­rec­tap­proach 15

The mil­i­tary led strate­gic in­ter­ests ofAmer­ica in SouthAsia have been fluc­tu­at­ing un­der the vary­ing sets of en­vi­ron­ment. In­stead of be­ing deep and broad-based, PakUS re­la­tions have been Pen­tagon driven with pro­por­tional impact on the State Dept's pol­icy toward South Asia. Un­mind­ful of bal­anc­ing the “Ends” and “Means”, the strate­gists might have tri­umphed tem­po­rar­ily but at a pro­hib­i­tive cost, un­bear­able bur­den and fall­out for the both peo­ple of Pak­istan and their bene­fac­tor, the USA. The mess cre­ated by var­i­ous en­ter­prises was left to be cleared by the one party alone that fur­ther com­pounded the sit­u­a­tion and made it not only messier but mon­strous as well. The un­de­sir­able sit­u­a­tion so cre­ated gives enough rea­sons and fuel to the rad­i­cal groups to ex­ploit pub­lic sen­ti­ments and pol­lute the ma­jor­ity opinion by spit­ting venom against Amer­ica. It is, there­fore, ex­ceed­ingly im­por­tant for both Pak­istan and USA to ad­dress the com­mon con­cerns, move be­yond se­cu­rity driven re­la­tions to much deeper re­la­tions en­com­pass­ing eco­nomic, tech­ni­cal, ed­u­ca­tional and other es­sen­tial so­cial sec­tor de­vel­op­ments. The KLB En­hanced Part­ner­ship with Pak­istan Act-2009 could serve as a foun­da­tion giv­ing head start to the en­vi­sioned broader re­la­tions. The mon­ster, jointly reared and mul­ti­plied, has to be jointly con­fronted and its fur­ther mul­ti­pli­ca­tion pre­vented through em­pow­er­ment of masses that will help Pak­istan re-emerge as a mod­er­ate, pro­gres­sive, tol­er­ant and re­spon­si­ble state, be­ing at peace with it­self and at peace with oth­ers. The over­whelm­ing ma­jor­ity of Pak­istan does not want the pre-Is­lam bar­bar­ian's state where Tal­iban are push­ing them to. The US must help Pak­istan root out all sources of ex­ploita­tion and con­se­quent ha­tred find­ing its man­i­fes­ta­tion in the bomb, bar­rel and bay­o­net of Tal­iban/AQ. Un­less the Pak­istan so­ci­ety is lib­er­ated from the Tal­iban's stran­gu­la­tion, they will con­tinue to pro­duce brain-washed mil­i­tants, ter­ror­ists and sui­ci­dal bombers to wreak havoc both within and without Pak­istan. To isolate and de­feat them, it is ab­so­lutely es­sen­tial that we ad­dress the gen­uine as­pi­ra­tions of the vul­ner­a­ble and poor peo­ple of Pak­istan that con­sti­tutes70% of the pop­u­la­tion. We may con­tinue fight­ing and win­ning hun­dreds of bat­tles at enor­mous cost and yet re­main far away from win­ning the war against in­sur­gency and ter­ror­ism. There seems to be no end to the vi­cious cy­cle and wild goose chase in the near fu­ture. We can­not af­ford that the Pak­istani peo­ple con­tinue to be fed­with the hate ma­te­rial and re­main in a ter­ri­fied and ter­ror­ized state for­ever and be pushed to the Stone Age slowly, sys­tem­at­i­cally and

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