Pakistan Army in slumber: people left at the mercy of terrorists

Pakistan Army in slumber: people left at the mercy of terrorists

New York City : NY : USA | Aug 20, 2011 at 10:38 AM PDT
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Terrorists and militants have been wreaking havoc across Pakistan for the past eight years but top government functionaries and army brass remain unmoved. They have been inflicting miseries to the innocent people by carrying out suicide attacks at the public places – even they have not spared worship places.

The State Department of the US recently released a report on terrorism activities and incident across the world wherein it showed displeasure over Pakistani authorities in curtailing different terrorist outfits. The 2010 Country Report on Terrorism says that groups such as Jaish-e-Mohammad freely operate across Pakistan despite being banned.

The report also mentions that 1,680 people were killed in Pakistan last year by different suicide and terrorist attacks. A teenager suicide bomber Friday struck at a mosque in Khyber Agency, leaving 60 worshippers killed and more than hundred critically injured.

Owing to international pressure, Pakistan carried out half-hearted military operations against terrorists in parts of South Waziristan and Swat but in vain. The army failed to flash the militants out of the region because the operations were carried out just to extract military aid from the US. Everybody knows terrorists from all over the world have gathered in North Waziristan under the Haqqani network and are being protected by the Pakistan’s mighty spy agency – the Inter Services Intelligence.

Pakistan Army have recently launched an offensive against militants in the Kurram Agency but hurriedly wrapped it up last Thursday without achieving any significant success. Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani visited the area and announced troops ‘victory’ in the area. Discerning observers are, however, raising concerns over completion of the operation as militants have still been roaming in the agency.

How serious Pakistan Army is in eliminating terrorists from its soil can be judged from the fact that the Thall-Parachinar road in the Kurram Agency is still in the possession of Taliban backed militants and remains blocked for the local people. The road is the key link connecting the agency to the rest of Pakistan. People of the area have been demanding the army for the past four years to launch an operation in the area and clear the road from terrorists but their hopes were dashed on Thursday when the army chief announced end of the operation without clearing the road.

Why Pakistan Army is so sympathetic to the terrorists? Is the army kidding the international community by providing safe havens to the militants? Top brass of the army is fool. No doubt international community feels threatened from the presence of terrorist outfits in Pakistan but the ultimate victims of these state-patronized militants are people of Pakistan.

The time has come the army should decide a decisive operation against its ‘strategic assets’ because they have been killing their very own masters and posing a security threat to the whole world. The international community should also inform Pakistan of punitive measures if a full-scale offensive is not launched against militants based in North Waziristan and other tribal areas.

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Map showing location of Pakistan's Khyber district where a deadly bomb exploded in a mosque today
Map showing location of Pakistan's Khyber district where a deadly bomb exploded in a mosque today
StephenManual is based in New York City, New York, United States of America, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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