Our na­tional se­cu­rity and the threat within

The Financial Daily - - NATIONAL - Mukhtar Ahmed Butt

Of late it has been seen that in spite of hy­brid war im­posed on us and its pres­ence ac­knowl­edged by all the po­lit­i­cal par­ties un­for­tu­nately our lead­ers at all lev­els are not tak­ing it se­ri­ously. At present coun­try is faced with mul­ti­far­i­ous do­mes­tic prob­lems cou­pled with out­side pres­sure im­presses upon us the ur­gent need of show­ing unity and na­tion be­ing on one page on na­tional is­sues we are wit­ness­ing widen­ing of gap be­tween gov­ern­ment and op­po­si­tion par­ties. In­stead chalk­ing out some strat­egy it ap­pears that no­body is in­ter­ested. Po­lit­i­cal par­ties are en­gaged in un­end­ing bat­tle amongst them and are busy in point scor­ing with­out re­al­iz­ing its ram­i­fi­ca­tions.

Pak­istan's geo­graph­i­cal po­si­tion is unique by na­ture and its im­por­tance can­not be ig­nored or over em­pha­sized and this fact is known to all pow­ers that mat­ter. We could ex­ploit this great strate­gic po­si­tion to our max­i­mum ad­van­tage but due to dis­unity at na­tional level we lost this golden op­por­tu­nity mainly due to vi­sion­less and in­com­pe­tent lead­er­ship. How un­for­tu­nate it is to hear from Bi­lawal rais­ing his voice in sup­port of Baluchis­tan miss­ing per­sons know­ing full well that it is sheer pro­pa­ganda against Pak­istan by our en­e­mies who want to desta­bi­lize Pak­istan by ev­ery means at their dis­posal, it is just pol­i­tick­ing to get sym­pa­thies of like minded peo­ple paid agents and our en­e­mies. It was fur­ther shock­ing when he talked about Man­zoor Pash­teen and his fol­low­ers know­ing full well their lean­ings and cre­den­tials. While men­tion­ing them he should as a mat­ter of fact be­ing leader of ma­jor po­lit­i­cal party should have been care­ful keep­ing in mind at least Pak­istan's stand on th­ese im­por­tant is­sues.

It was very un­for­tu­nate that his en­tire speech was out of con­text and he al­to­gether for­got that he was ad­dress­ing peo­ple on the 11 death an­niver­sary of his mother. No doubt he is im­ma­ture and needs proper groom­ing but what about those se­nior politi­cians who are al­ways sur­round­ing him why they did not ad­vise him as to what should he speak.

Why our politi­cians are obliv­ion to our na­tional se­cu­rity? Be­fore we com­ment on na­tional se­cu­rity our per­cep­tion should be very clear in our mind, there­fore it is im­por­tant to de­fine what we really un­der­stand when we talk about na­tional se­cu­rity. In brief Na­tional Se­cu­rity al­ways refers to the se­cu­rity of na­tion state, in­clud­ing its cit­i­zens, econ­omy and in­sti­tu­tions, and is re­garded duty of ev­ery state smaller or big­ger and to main­tain it is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the state. Orig­i­nally con­ceived as pro­tec­tion against mil­i­tary at­tack but now na­tional se­cu­rity is widely un­der­stood to in­clude non mil­i­tary di­men­sions, se­cu­rity from ter­ror­ism, crime, eco­nomic se­cu­rity, en­ergy se­cu­rity, en­vi­ron­men­tal se­cu­rity, food se­cu­rity, and cy­ber se­cu­rity. Sim­i­larly na­tional se­cu­rity risks in­clude ac­tion by vi­o­lent non state ac­tors, nar­cotics car­tel and multi­na­tional cor­po­ra­tions. Gov­ern­ment uti­lizes its po­lit­i­cal, eco­nomic and mil­i­tary power as well as diplo­macy to en­force na­tional se­cu­rity. If we ac­cept this def­i­ni­tion then it be­comes our joint re­spon­si­bil­ity to pro­tect it.

Some­how or the other a group of in­tel­lec­tu­als and sec­tion of me­dia has cre­ated an im­pres­sion as if army de­cides what is na­tional se­cu­rity and their word is fi­nal. It is not cor­rect as cus­to­di­ans of ter­ri­to­rial obli­ga­tions role of armed forces is pre­dom­i­nant that does not mean they are sep­a­rate en­tity. As the word sug­gests na­tional se­cu­rity there­fore en­com­passes col­lec­tive re­spon­si­bil­ity of peo­ple, gov­ern­ment and law en­force­ment agen­cies and the per­cep­tion cre­ated that per­haps army takes de­ci­sion in­de­pen­dently is not cor­rect. No one can op­er­ate in­de­pen­dently and in iso­la­tion. It is also true that the term na­tional se­cu­rity at times may be­come a pre­text for sup­press­ing un­fa­vor­able po­lit­i­cal and so­cial views that may be in­evitable keep­ing in view the sur­round­ing cir­cum­stances. There­fore it also im­poses some sort of check and bal­ance so that red lines are not crossed. But this can be over­come with good gov­er­nance and close co­or­di­na­tion. Since Pak­istan is still strug­gling and fight­ing war with ter­ror­ists who cross over to Pak­istan and have links in Pak­istan joined by anti state el­e­ments and fa­cil­i­ta­tors there­fore we must be very care­ful. If that be the case, if some puni­tive ac­tion like sup­pres­sion of in­di­vid­ual rights and free­dom is checked or cur­tailed it should not nei­ther be ob­jected nor crit­i­cized but seen in the con­text it is be­ing used. But th­ese should re­main in force in the larger in­ter­est of state

It is no more a se­cret that In­dia con­tin­ues to play its dirty role against Pak­istan and Ni­ran­der Modi's lat­est out­bursts against Pak­istan should be an eye opener for Pak­istan when he said Pak­istan is not go­ing to change and mend its ways. The point to un­der­stand is that In­dia has not changed its nar­ra­tive against Pak­istan. It is mainly due to sup­port of world pow­ers that keep buy­ing In­dian nar­ra­tive against Pak­istan and are not pre­pared to lis­ten to us. He wants to carry on with anti Pak­istan pro­pa­ganda and is us­ing it as main tool and has con­verted this ha­tred in to elec­tion win­ning slo­gan but peo­ple of In­dia have re­jected the poli­cies of Nar­ran­dera Modi and he shall face tough time in com­ing elec­tions.

It is true Pak­istan has learned through hot ways but has now adopted right line of di­rec­tion but suc­cess de­pends on unity amongst var­i­ous stake hold­ers and not en­gag­ing them­selves in lo­cal fight that would take us away from our na­tional ob­jec­tives and goals set by the gov­ern­ment and this will only help our en­e­mies I hope politi­cians are lis­ten­ing!

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