Resilient Unity

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Pakistan’s security forces have demonstrated steadfast devotion and resilience in the ongoing fight against terrorism. The complex problems posed by extremist ideologies and rebel groups have been faced with bravery, highlighting the sacrifices made by individuals on the front lines. As we look back on the voyage, it is critical to recognize the progress while also exploring alternate options that can lead to an even more secure future.

The historical context of Pakistan’s protracted fight against terrorism reveals the challenges involved in dealing with extremist ideas. Moments of progress have been intermingled with setbacks throughout the years, but the determination of the security personnel remains a ray of hope. The current surge in terrorist activities inspires contemplation on how the country might collectively improve measures to protect its citizens. The transition to a new Interim Government in Afghanistan in 2021 spurred hope for a more deliberate and proactive approach. The problems, however, remain prompting us to recognize the inherent difficulties in this comprehensive struggle against terrorism.

Balancing Tactics

The country has used a combination of hard and soft tactics to navigate this complex landscape. The military and law enforcement have made great efforts in directly fighting terrorists, reinforcing borders, and executing targeted operations. Simultaneously, a focus on soft measures—addressing the underlying reasons of radicalization through education, economic growth, and an ideological framework, is critical for long-term change. Highlighting the centrality of the ideological framework is not a criticism, but rather an acknowledgement of its value.

Engaging religious experts, or Ulema, to raise communities beyond radicalization demonstrates the sophisticated approach required.

Their participation in spreading Islam’s actual teachings that preach peace, tolerance, and coexistence represents a communal effort to confront extremist narratives with a good and constructive message.

Pakistan has grappled with the scourge of terrorism since 1971, with the indelible scars of the Mukti Bahini’s atrocities during and before the war. In the backdrop of the conflict, Indian-trained terrorists massacred innocent Pakistanis in East Pakistan. The insidious involvement of the Indian Army in training Bengalis to join the terrorist Mukti Bahini, coupled with the supply of arms and food by India, underscores the complex and historical dimensions of the challenges Pakistan faces in countering terrorism. The 1971 war remains a pivotal chapter, marked by false allegations and a brutal manifestation of asymmetric warfare.

While appreciating the sacrifices made by Pakistan’s security forces, we must also recognize the need for a delicate balance between hard and soft approaches. The past, marked by painful incidents like the attack on the Army Public School (APS, Peshawar) in 2014, serves as a poignant reminder of the gravity of the situation. The recent assault in DI Khan, orchestrated with timing that coincides with significant events, underscores the persistent threat posed by terrorist organizations.

As Pakistan commemorates the sacrifices and tenacity of its security personnel, this meditation is not a lament, but a plea to unify and forge ahead. The appreciation for the progress gained should motivate everyone to work together to strengthen the nation’s security.

A comprehensive strategy for a more secure and resilient Pakistan is presented by the confluence of hard and soft measures, as well as the active participation of religious scholars.

In recognizing the sacrifices made, let us work together to secure a future in which the nation stands even more firmly against the growing threats of terrorism.

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