Jus­tice, peace and sta­bil­ity

The Pak Banker - - 4EDITORIAL - Iftikhar Ah­mad

THE Afghan Tal­iban's re­fusal to hold di­rect peace talks with the Afghan govern­ment is a blow to the in­ter­na­tional ef­forts to re­vive the long - stalled ne­go­ti­a­tions aimed at end­ing the deadly 14 year in­sur­gency. One of the pre­con­di­tions for di­a­logue was the de­par­ture of for­eign troops from Afghanistan. The se­cond thought and re­fusal could per­haps be linked with a string of mil­i­tary vic­to­ries for the in­sur­gent group af­ter NATO for­mally ended its com­bat op­er­a­tions more than a year ago. Even if Pak­istan has some in­flu­ence on Afghan Tal­iban, it is for them and the Afghan govern­ment to ne­go­ti­ate. Pak­istan has been a mem­ber of quadri­lat­eral co­or­di­na­tion group which also in­cludes Afghanistan, the United States and China. Afghan Pres­i­dent Ashraf Ghani has re­newed his di­a­logue of­fer to the Tal­iban and said they had to pick be­tween peace and war. He said, real peace can­not come from be­hind closed doors. Afghanistan and Pak­istan both are suf­fer­ing be­cause of ter­ror­ism and need to reach an agree­ment.

In spite of In­dian protests and a cam­paign against Pak­istan, United States no­ti­fied sale of eight F-16 fighter air­craft to Pak­istan. The no­ti­fi­ca­tion states that the pro­posed sale con­trib­utes to the United States goals by help­ing to im­prove se­cu­rity of a strate­gic part­ner in South Asia. In­dia's arms-race is wor­ri­some. Pak­istan has to have readi­ness and pre­pared­ness for self de­fence and to counter ex­ter­nal threats and ne­far­i­ous ef­forts to desta­bi­lize Pak­istan.

Peace is nec­es­sary in the in­ter­est of both Pak­istan and In­dia. The Pak­istani High Com­mis­sioner in In­dia, Ab­dul Ba­sit ad­dress­ing an event held in Jaipur, said that Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif wants good re­la­tions with In­dia and that good ties be­tween In­dia and Pak­istan was the need of the hour. But In­dia has never re­sponded to re­cip­ro­cate with sin­cer­ity and good in­ten­tions. Tak­ing the level of co­op­er­a­tion with In­dia to a new level, Pak­istan's Na­tional Se­cu­rity Ad­viser (NSA)Nasir Khan Jan­jua has con­veyed to his In­dian coun­ter­part Ajit Do­val that ten ter­ror­ists have sneaked into Gu­jrat State. Se­cu­rity ob­servers be­lieve that the in­for­ma­tion sent by Pak­istan has sig­nif­i­cantly raised the level of co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the two coun­tries. But it re­mains to be seen if the two ri­val coun­tries can build on this.

Pak­istan is help­ing In­dia sin­cerely and prac­ti­cally in tack­ling is­sues such as the at­tack on Pathankot Air Base. In­dia should be thank­ful for th­ese mea­sures , where peo­ple of Pak­istan ex­pect rec­i­proc­ity from across the bor­der. Nor­mal­iza­tion of re­la­tions, if not friend­ship is the need of our time to help the peo­ple of the two neigh­bor­ing coun­tries to im­prove their level of liv­ing. Peo­ple seek peace and se­cu­rity to live their lives mean­ing­fully in search of bright fu­ture for the gen­er­a­tions to come. They look for­ward to hope and change.

In­sta­bil­ity, in­se­cu­rity, crime and in­jus­tice in a so­ci­ety draw our at­ten­tion to in­sti­tu­tional struc­ture and func­tions and dis­pute res­o­lu­tion sys­tem. There are tons of cases pend­ing in Pak­istan. The ju­di­cial pro­ce­dure may be com­pli­cated for the peo­ple, but there is no im­per­fec­tion in our ex­ist­ing ju­di­cial sys­tem, as the same sys­tem is work­ing quite well in other parts of the world, said the Supreme Court Chief Jus­tice An­war Za­heerJamli. He un­der­scored the need for an al­ter­na­tive dis­pute res­o­lu­tion sys­tem in ru­ral ar­eas to make dis­pen­sa­tion of speedy and in­ex­pen­sive jus­tice to the peo­ple pos­si­ble and avail­able.

The me­dia could high­light and help in this con­text. Op­tion could be given to the peo­ple to re­solve their is­sues through ne­go­ti­a­tions. Chief Jus­tice Ja­mali fur­ther stressed the need to in­volve all state in­sti­tu­tions in the im­por­tant task of res­o­lu­tion of dis­putes and con­flicts. It was es­sen­tial to draw a line of de­mar­ca­tion be­tween "Truth and False­hood", he said.

San­ity should pre­vail and re­al­is­tic re­think­ing is needed to sup­port the ac­tion the govern­ment in Pak­istan takes in the right di­rec­tion, par­tic­u­larly in the con­text of show­ing courage and taste­ful be­hav­iours against those who take the law in their own hands. In con­text of ex­trem­ism and ter­ror­ism Pak­istan can­not af­ford to sup­port ide­olo­gies con­trary to our na­tional in­ter­ests. The pa­tri­ots would look be­yond pol­i­tics and vested in­ter­ests when the ques­tion re­lates to sur­viv­ing with dig­nity. Politi­cians have the re­spon­si­bil­ity to do the right things and do things right. Only the lead­ers with vi­sion and clear per­spec­tive and per­cep­tions could de­liver to the ex­pec­ta­tions of the peo­ple.

A re­view of struc­ture and func­tions of all state in­sti­tu­tions is over due to as­sess what needs to be done to im­prove the ef­fi­cacy and ef­fec­tive­ness of in­sti­tu­tions that have pub­lic de­cal­ing on daily ba­sis. This in­volves a relook at how func­tional is the sys­tem of au­thor­ity, re­spon­si­bil­ity and ac­count­abil­ity. Our state in­sti­tu­tions no longer work in nor­mal peace time en­vi­ron­ment. Ex­tra-or­di­nary en­vi­ron­ment and pres­sures, due to ex­trem­ism and ter­ror­ism de­mand much more to be un­der­stood and ac­com­plished on the do­mes­tic front and in for­eign pol­icy .The sit­u­a­tion is be­com­ing more and more com­plex and dif­fi­cult in our re­la­tions with neigh­bours In­dia and Afghanistan. This adds to our wor­ries on the home front with crises of mul­ti­ple di­men­sions. And ter­ror­ists at­tacks on our in­sti­tu­tions and in­no­cent un­armed cit­i­zens.

With­out giv­ing au­thor­ity we can­not ex­pect state func­tionar­ies to de­liver in terms of re­spon­si­bil­ity and ac­count­abil­ity. Di­rec­tor Gen­eral Rangers Sindh has prayed to the Supreme Court of Pak­istan that ef­fec­tive steps need to be taken to ' de­politi­cize' the po­lice depart­ment. Rangers seek pow­ers to book, probe, and pros­e­cute ter­ror­ists and crim­i­nals. The honourable court and the govern­ment need to act to en­able the rangers to per­form bet­ter than be­fore to clear the mess and men­ace of ter­ror­ism and bring crim­i­nals to jus­tice. Jus­tice, peace and sta­bil­ity is what Pak­istan and peo­ple of Pak­istan need.

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