Vicious circle of terrorism in Pakistan

Vicious circle of terrorism in Pakistan

Chūniān : Pakistan | Nov 14, 2012 at 5:50 AM PST
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Pakistan is in a vicious circle of terrorism. The West is accusing Pakistan of having links with the terrorists and Pakistani Armed services are having one terrorist attack after another. Who is speaking the truth is not clear. Either the West is telling the truth when it claims that Pakistani spy agencies have links with the terrorists or the Pakistani Armed services are telling the truth when they claim that terrorists are so widespread in Pakistan that they are not even afraid of attacking the military bases.

The most recent attack on an air force facility in Punjab province of Pakistan resulted in the death of all the ten terrorists and deaths of two military personnel. According to the media reports, Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed the responsibility of the attack. It was not the first major attack on the military facility of Pakistan. In the past, terrorists from TTP have successfully attacked, General Headquarters (GHQ) of Pakistan in Rawalpindi in the year 2009. That was the first major attack by terrorists on GHQ and it resulted in the capture of a few terrorists alive. The second major attack occurred on the naval headquarters in Karachi in the year 2011 on May 22.

Now all the services of Pakistan including Army, Naval and Air force can boast of attacks by terrorists. Minor attacks have also occurred on many of the military facilities of Pakistan in the past.

In a recent interview, General Pervez Musharraf defended the terrorist attacks by saying that the CIA of USA could not prevent attacks of 9/11 so if the spy agencies of Pakistan are not able to prevent attacks on its high security facilities then it does not make any difference. It is pertinent to mention here that TTP was formed during the tenure of General Pervez Musharraf. It is true that American CIA could not prevent attacks of 9/11 in spite of being the best in the world but since 9/11 CIA has foiled almost every attempted terrorist act successfully but Pakistani spy agencies could not prevent attacks on its facilities after the first attack on GHQ.

West claims that Pakistani spy agencies have direct links with the terrorists of TTP and in fact they are on the payroll of the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI). West also boasts that the Spy agencies of Pakistan are capable of staging terrorist attacks anywhere in Pakistan with the help of their links with the terrorists and the attacks on the military facilities of Pakistan were in fact commissioned by the ISI of Pakistan in a manner of conducting military exercises to check the loopholes in the security apparatus.

On the other hand, Pakistan states that the terrorists in Pakistan are so widespread that they are capable of attacking the military facilities on their own. More than one million army of Pakistan is not able to capture these few hundred terrorists who are living in the territory of Pakistan and the Army of Pakistan is so busy in protecting the borders of Pakistan that it has no time and resources to capture these terrorists.

Pakistan has entered a vicious cycle where there is a lack of trust between Pakistan and the West. If Pakistan is unable to deal with the terrorists living in its territory then it should ask for Western help to capture these terrorists. America and Europe will be very happy to train Pakistani forces in the art and science of military.

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The reports claim to have the most concrete evidence yet of direct links between the ISI and the militants
The reports claim to have the most concrete evidence yet of direct links between the ISI and the militants
Qaisar Farooq Gondal is based in Chūniān, Punjab, Pakistan, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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