Thoughts by Bahadar Ali

March 30, 2016

Another Tragedy- Another Knee-jerk Reaction

Filed under: Political — bkhan @ 1:01 pm

On 16th Dec 2014, after school going kids were slaughtered by the barbarians, the present government, entire political class and military devised a National Action Plan ( NAP ), that was aimed at flushing out all terrorists, their sympathizers and the hate-mongers. Why always the dust of time covers the national tragedies? Some of them simply shouldn’t be compromised. The NAP lost its steam soon after some initial break-throughs and decline in country-wide terrorist activities without realizing that terrorist have simply went under-ground and postponed their activities, for the time being. They are war hardened and very committed, it was a naive approach to loose the interest and cut the zeal that was displayed in the initial days of APS tragedy.

Now, after this fresh episode of carnage, we can feel the emphasis again on ‘intensifying’ operation against the such elements. This essentially meant that we lost the appetite before and now because scores of people have been killed again, we are going to renew our NAP commitments. It is unfortunate but should it be assumed that for a contentious operation people need to die on equal intervals otherwise, we relax? It is utter lack of professionalism and height of bad governance. In the countries where the welfare of the people is primordial point, all resources are appropriated first to secure their lives.
It is not enough to just root our the active terrorists in the field, if you kill one, there would be ten more there to replace him. The full focus should on the sweeping reforms regarding the origins and nurseries of such religion-based terrorism. The national narrative regarding the NAP is absent from the social media. This is the platform where narrow mindedness and hate-mongers roam free. They dominate this scene. If someone wants to deny, it is there choice but the major radicalization is carried through the use of social media. Now it is understandable that no single government can regulate all aspects of social media, but this is very much doable to counter the hate-driven narrative being funneled through it, to the gullible minds and impressionable teens. When the federal government has the resources to control the electronic and print media by filling it with govt-friendly commentaries, a fraction of those resources can be channelized to this unbridled cyber-space. A counter narrative needs to be build with full force. This is the only way by which you can cut the future supply-lines of ‘wanna-be’ militants.
The system of mosques and madaris, certainly needs to be regulated by the government. Every single resident of each of the neighborhoods of Pakistan, knows who are the people who openly vouch for the extremist’s cause. There is no need to pick them up or kill them in cold-blood, rather they need to be cautioned and told to follow the line. In some cases the same elements can be effectively used to counter the very same ideals that they previously advocate for. Unfortunately, the national media, is also not immune to their sympathizers, if government doesn’t know about them, then I must say, they have no right to govern, in the first place.
Extremism was spread very systematically in the nook and corners of Pakistan with all the precision techniques that are applied in making it an effective and heart-luring propaganda. The same amount of effort is required to undo its potency. The only sliver lining is that this could be done much faster, given the new means of dissemination of information are available now.
All of the above, could only be done when there is utmost sincerity to the cause is felt otherwise nothing would be achieved. And we would only see the knee-jerk kind of reactionary statements and actions that fizzle out soon when the news disappears from the media and goes to the sleep-mode only when awkwardly awaken by the follow-up tragedy.

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