The Terrorland Team (TTT)
Though in theory they may be correct, but what the fail to realize is that already the settled areas of Pakistan are under immense attacks. Just look at the post-OBL “saniha” scenario: Attack in Charsadda, PNS Mehran Attack, Attack on US Consulate vehicles in Peshawar, Attack on a bus in Kharian, Attack in Hangu, an attack on a border post in Dir etc. In all these attacks, nearly 200 Pakistanis have been killed.
Probably that is the reason why a much angled editorial appeared in Dawn on 1st June, 2011 related to the North Waziristan operation. A seasoned commentator said after reading the editorial that “DAWN’s editorial on operation in North Waziristan reads like an ISPR briefing. We wonder who wrote it and how come a serious paper allows it?” Can we dare ask Zaffar Abbas a question? Do you think if there is no operation in North Waziristan, all attacks in Pakistan will end and peace will prevail? Isn’t that the same line our ghairat brigade, Imran Khan and Jamaat-e-Islami take?
With Pakistani ‘ownership’ of the war on terror under so much question and the public at large unable or unwilling to comprehend why the fight against militancy is something that is critical to the well-being of the state, it is astonishing that an American official sitting in the US would take it upon himself to announce to his domestic audience plans for a Pakistani-run military operation in Fata.
If nothing else, with drone strikes and the raid to take out Osama bin Laden drawing so much criticism here for ‘violations’ of Pakistan’s sovereignty, it would have made sense for the US to allow Pakistan to announce on its own terms an impending military operation in the tribal agency.
Denying sanctuary to militants there is therefore a necessary, though not sufficient, condition for moving forward in the fight against militancy. While the US is most concerned about the Haqqani network and Al Qaeda affiliated groups in the area, for Pakistan the problem is even more complex. Leave aside the doubts about Pakistan’s intentions for a minute.
Before going into NWA, the security and intelligence apparatus will have to seriously ramp up its activities in Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and in Karachi to try and mitigate the terrorist blowback that is almost sure to follow. Right now, is the state any closer to achieving that? And if it isn’t, would cities and towns being convulsed by violence further the fight against militancy or retard it?
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