Now Pakistan Facing Uphill Task Of Clearing Tribal Areas
Now Pakistan will be facing uphill task to restore peace in tribal areas situated on Pak-Afghan border as there are reports that the United States has conditioned the aid with peace in tribal areas. Now this will be a big challenge for the establishment of Pakistan to clear the tribal areas of terrorists. At the moment terrorists have the upper hand as they have been killing the people in tribal areas and parts of North West Frontier Province with total immunity. It will be a big test for Pakistani establishment. Pakistan at the moment is facing insurgency. The corrupt system is collapsing. Pakistan media has also been accepting the fact that the country is facing serious challenge.
- A HUGE challenge lies ahead. It is clear that the international community acknowledges the importance of a socially and economically stable Pakistan, a goal that differs markedly from the current reality.
- The pledges made at the Friends of Pakistan meeting in Tokyo show that the world is cognisant of the dangers facing Pakistan, and realises that our problems are not ours alone. The domino effect of Pakistan falling to the militants was summed up by President Zardari when he said that ‘If we lose, you lose. If we lose, the world loses.’ He is spot on in his assessment, even if it carries with it a touch of Gen Musharraf’s ‘you can’t do without me’ strategy of dealing with the West. Also, should his words be construed as an inadvertent admission that Pakistan is indeed the global hub of terrorism and militancy? Why else would the nation’s welfare be so important to far-flung countries?
- Pakistan has been in tight spots before but our predicament today is perhaps unmatched. We are dealing not with an external enemy or separatists but an army of home-grown barbarians that wants to impose a system of ‘governance’ wholly at odds with our core values. We need all the help we can get. But here’s the real challenge: we have to keep our side of the bargain. So far, successive governments have capitulated to the Taliban who need to be taken head-on, not appeased. A drastic rethink is in order. Otherwise the state will end up ceding territory one district after the other and no amount of foreign aid will help reverse the tide.
- The money pledged at Tokyo — $5.28bn at last count — covers a range of issues, from energy needs and economic support to healthcare, education and poverty alleviation. In the short term, this show of support could bolster investor confidence and give local markets a much-needed jab in the arm. It is also hoped that creating job opportunities and building more schools and hospitals in the tribal belt will change mindsets and thereby deprive the Taliban of fresh recruits. True, uneducated and unemployed young men with no prospects are lured by the militants’ promises of a monthly wage, immediate empowerment, eternal salvation and, equally importantly, a sense of identity. But here’s the rub. How can infrastructure be developed in areas controlled by the Taliban? How can new schools be built when the few educational institutions that still exist are blown up by militants? Who will invest in a factory in Waziristan knowing that his managers could be kidnapped for ransom and his stocks destroyed or stolen? No progress is possible while the Taliban call the shots. The sooner the government understands this, the better off the country will be as a whole.
- Source: dawn.com
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