Pakistani paramilitary soldiers arrives to take position outside the Pakistan Air Force base after an attack by militants in Peshawar on September 18, 2015.  Militants attacked the air base in the northwestern city of Peshawar, the military said, adding that at least six attackers had been killed.    AFP PHOTO / A MAJEED

Spike in militancy

The number of militants’ attacks and intelligence base operations by security forces conducted in North Waziristan over the past few months point to the regrouping and becoming active of banned outfits. In intelligence based operation in Vezhda Sar area of this district four soldiers of security forces embraced martyrdom and four terrorists killed on Sunday. The hideouts of militants groups sponsored by India from Afghanistan had been smashed and their numerical strength wiped out in Operation Zarb-e-Azab.

The ruling political leadership is well aware of the fact that India is behind the terrorist activities in Pakistan. Quite recently, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Quershi had said in a statement that India can activate sleeper cells to divert the attention of international community from the situation inside occupied Kashmir. He repeated the same contention in his reaction on PXE attack. The contents of former Indian spymaster Vikarm Sood’s book titled “The unending game” and his interviews validate the stance of Foreign Minister. However, by and large, political leadership is still showing reluctance to give ownership to implementation of all points of the National Action Plan NAP). The tenure of military courts was not extended. The most important point of NAP, pertaining to reforming criminal justice system has been neglected altogether.

Addressing the participants of the Conference Expeditious Justice Initiative at Federal Judicial Academy in Islamabad on April 14 last year, former Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa said that judicial reforms are not among the priorities of parliament, whereas dispensation of justice is shared responsibility of legislature and judiciary. He said that judges of no other country are doing as much work as that of Pakistan and hence they cannot be further asked for doing more. It is high time that political leadership of all parties get united for making legislation on judicial reforms and making a robust national security policy.

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