A new upsurge in terrorism

A group of terrorists attacked the Karachi Police Chief’s Office on Friday evening in a bid to create a crisis by taking hostage Police officials but Security Forces successfully cleared the five-story Police Complex after nearly a four-hour operation in a busy area of the provincial capital. According to the reports, all attackers were killed by the LEAs while two police officers and another employee got martyrdom.

A fresh wave of terrorism come about across the country and banned terrorist groups are particularly targeting Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan, and Sindh. There had been recurrent incidents of terrorism, kidnapping, and ransom in KP’s settled districts including Swat, Mardan, Dir, and Swabi over the past few months, while the recent suicide attack on Peshawar Police Line Mosque was the biggest terror incident in recent years that cost nearly 100 human lives and prompted nationwide concerns regarding the gravity of the threat posing by terrorism to the country. Peshawar Police Line Massacre shattered the whole country, however, the government demonstrated a traditional response and forgot its responsibilities until a new carnage occur somewhere else. Ironically, the most crucial All Parties Conference (APC) fell prey to the ongoing rivalry between the coalition government and PTI-led opposition and could not be convened so far, which illustrates the nonseriousness of our leaders toward a sensitive issue relating to national security. 

There had been continuous calls from the public, civil society, media, and certain political groups regarding the growing risk of terrorism, regrouping, and unlawful activities of the members of banned outfits in North and South Waziristan, Swat, Dir, and Buner in recent past but neither the local administration nor provincial and central governments responded to those sane voices until the menace of terrorism turned into a gigantic risk to the nation. The state of Pakistan had voluntarily given in hard-earned gains against terrorism by ignoring the 19-point National Action Plan (NAP), while our leadership reimported terrorism to its country by striking a truce with the TTP. So, the wrong decisions of the governments pushed the nation into the newest upheaval, and no consensus national strategy could be adopted to foil the threat effectively.

The current situation displays absolute disappointment and indignation among the masses as the state and People of Pakistan are under attack, inflation and energy crises are on the rise while the national economy is on the verge of collapse, and even then political leadership is embattled with each other for mere politics. The Nation squares up multiple challenges to its survival but the leaders yet not judge the sensitivity of the issue and are still busy with their descriptive politics.

The situation has become alarming and demands a national dialogue and consensus on the current issues particularly terrorism, national economy, and political stability. Therefore, politicians must pause their personal revenge and sit together to work out on the grave challenges endangering national security and survival if they really have good faith in their nation. Disunity is the worst weakness, while cooperation is the key to success, however, the legacies and piety of the leaders would be judged by their actions at this critical junction.