Right this moment serves as a brutal reminder of Pakistan’s personal 9/11 second. December 16 not solely reminds us of the continuing battle to save lots of Pakistan — it additionally underscores how unsafe our kids and future generations stay within the fingers of violent extremists and the ideologies they profess. It’s, in fact, true, that the civilian elites drew up a Nationwide Motion Plan (NAP) to sort out this problem as an applicable long-term safety coverage response. But 4 years after the Military Public College (APS) bloodbath and all such steps could have now pale to gray; if not failed totally.
The reality is that whereas tampering with the Structure and organising navy courts could have served populist ends there may be little proof to counsel that extremists will hand over arms when confronted with the prospect of due strategy of this type. Thus the in any other case strong designs enshrined in NAP fell into full disarray final 12 months when the short-term imperatives of political engineering got here to the fore; and the place extremists of all hues have been allowed to marketing campaign and emerge as official ‘political forces’. Bluntly put, this could have been enough to sign the swansong any plan of motion; nonetheless well-intended. The final nail within the NAP coffin got here in November of final 12 months. When a bunch of spiritual zealots having fun with the categorical and clear assist of everlasting state establishments are given such free reign and when senior officers are all too keen to bow down earlier than an extremist agenda — what hope does Pakistan then have with regards to successful the combat that have to be earnestly fought?
Thus the election of a brand new authorities and the murky occasions of this final 12 months have left the nation bewildered. Certainly, each the media and civil society are dealing with unprecedented censorship and controls. Which means that NAP has been allowed to stall because the political ruling class have demonstrated untold willingness to appease fundamentalist passions. We all know that Khadim Rizvi has been arrested however we’re but to find what motion the prosecution has taken; if any. Against this, political activists, bloggers and journalists proceed to be booked underneath essentially the most draconian of legal guidelines. And whether or not these in energy like this or not — the conduct of Pakistani elites leaves a lot to be desired.
If the reminiscence of slain kids and lecturers is ever to be honoured, this should come within the type of swift justice and accountability of those that have didn’t discharge their duties. Such tokenism, medals and rhetoric — whereas necessary — isn’t sufficient to heal the collective trauma and ache that Pakistan has suffered. It’s due to this fact crucial that the civil-military elites take inventory of the place they’ve introduced the nation and determine the required remedial actions. A safe, peaceable and progressive nation ought to be equally necessary for the ruling class even when odd residents matter little to prevailing energy buildings which have ruled Pakistan for the final 71 years. *
Revealed in Every day Occasions, December 16th2018.