Rising graph of violence



December 17, 2022

Rising graph of violence

The reporting of an extremely despicable terrorist activity that recently took place in the northern areas of the country has resulted in widespread condemnation coupled with rising anger within the security forces. Such instances is Rising graph of violence almost on daily basis and are causing quite a worry in national circles and now news about it is reported in the media quite regularly. It is because of this aspect that uncertainty is deepening in the country with people feeling unsafe once more. While it is widely acknowledged that some shape and form of violence is endemic in Pakistan and its instances quoted and reported quite regularly but the kind of violence that is currently rising appears to be functionally organised and is targeted towards specific targets. Its very nature is such that it cannot go unreported and that appears precisely to be the intention of its perpetrators. This violence points out towards return of the militancy in the country and its signs are very ominous.
The selected targets of violence indicate that militant tendencies have not been rooted out and that enough terrorist sleeper cells still exist with the ability to strike at will. Separate yet related incidents clearly reveal that they were specifically organised and carried out particularly in Balochistan and in some districts of KP. There is hardly any doubt that planning for these attacks took place within the confines of coordinated hideouts. There appears to be a pre-determined intention in such outages that could be clearly delineated. These actions give away the typical approach in this respect resorted by terror networks.
There is hardly any doubt that the sensitive areas of the country are targeted with a view to destabilise it. There are many inimical forces bent upon harming Pakistan and their intentions are no more a matter of any secrecy. The problem is that any rise in violence puts enormous pressure on the law-enforcers because they are now considered responsible for ensuring peace and quiet. Another problem is that the tough efforts undertaken by law enforcers to tackle terrorism have dangerously exposed them to violent action. The problem related to the exposure of law-enforcers is the lack of second and third line of defence because the coercive ability of other similar actors of the state has been badly damaged by regular interference in their affairs. It is often noticed that the other forces have lost all credibility in the eyes of the people simply because a concerted effort was made to belittle them in public eye. This unfortunate tendency to concentrate the coercive power of the state in few hands has enabled disruptive forces to operate with relative freedom. The result is that a large part of the coercive arm of the state is numbed and has lost its affectivity.
The new wave of violence is specifically dangerous because it looks that the attackers can attack according to their will. Currently they have selected areas bordering Afghanistan that have long been exposed to violence. They find it easy to carry out their nefarious designs in Pakistan and then disappear into their safe hiding places across the border. They already are having a field day in Afghanistan where the violence has been consistent and disastrous. The very nature of insurgency in bordering districts has ensured that there is hardly any iota of loyalty left in disparate and diehard elements. The reports of sale and purchase of the kidnapped hostages is enough to gauge the complete lack of any scruples.
It has been noted since long that Pakistan is fated to bear the fall-out of years of insurgency and violence in Afghanistan and that it had to adopt proactive policies to lessen and finally control the damage. While it is observed with satisfaction that Pakistan was kept largely safe from the violent depredations but its border areas were badly mauled in the process. It is therefore essential to rejuvenate the second and third lines of national defence and to strengthen the respective forces designed to supervise them. It should be borne in mind that a single force, however effective and coordinated it may be, will face tremendous difficulty in containing the menace of terrorism.
Violent acts endanger the national security in the longer run and geographical contiguity and demographic structure of a state like Pakistan can be amply used by miscreants as had been the experience in the past. In the wake of such realisation it is all the more important to transform eradication of terrorism into a national goal in practice rather than through selective policy enunciations issued from the rarified confines of high offices of the country. To begin with people should be given maximum information about a violent act so that they can be aware of the lurking danger and are able to give in their input. Terrorism is a national problem and could be completely rooted out by utmost public participation. The more people are involved in the process the better the result will be. TW


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