A decisive military win against the Taliban in the tribal areas is not possible without disenabling their support in the rest of the country. Key to these efforts was a recent operation in Islamabad, after which Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar was told by doctors to stay away from politics for a while.

And we cannot claim a moral victory over the extremists if the people who were forced to leave their homes in Waziristan because of the operation and live in camps until the offensive is over, are not given the same facilities as the Taliban who were forced because of the operation to leave their homes in Waziristan and live in camps until the operation was over.

Imran Khan, whose party runs the government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa according to credible sources, has promised the internally displaced people, or IDPs, that they will only have to suffer a shortage of essentials for the next two months, after which policy analysts believe they will get used to it.

Meanwhile, it is time for the young people of Pakistan to step up to the challenge, get out of their comfort zones, and contribute to this battle that will shape the future of Pakistan.

Here are five ways in which you can help today.

1) Make a Facebook page:

You can employ creative new ways of generating resources using the power of the internet. One such unique idea would be to make a Facebook page and see how soon you can get to 5,000 likes. You can also tell people that some philanthropist will donate one cent to a cause for every like your page will receive.

2) Sign an online petition:

But at this critical juncture in the history of Pakistan, you cannot claim to have played your part only by sharing pictures of the IDPs on the internet while sitting in the comfort of your home. You must contribute in more instrumental ways, such as signing petitions on the internet while sitting in the comfort of your home.

These can be general petitions urging other people to sign petitions, or petitions asking the Taliban to pay heed to petitions, or petitions asking people to help one particular individually displaced person, usually a child with a pet.

3) Read a newspaper article or write your own:

Perhaps the most vulnerable of the people who were forced to leave their homes because of the military offensive in Waziristan were reporters deployed to the refugee camps in Bannu. You can show solidarity with them by pretending to have read their reports.

If you do actually read one or two newspaper articles about the IDPs, you will be equipped to write your own without having to visit them. Experiments have shown that stale expressions like ‘raise awareness’, ‘express concern’, ‘financial assistance’, and ‘minimize sufferings’ convey the humanitarian crisis in the most appropriate manner.

You can then send this article to newspaper editors and continue to email or call them every day until they publish it. If they don’t budge, tell everyone on Twitter that their newspaper does not care about IDPs. If you are rich, send it to Huffington Post or Foreign Policy’s AfPak channel.

4) Make a documentary:

A resilient nation must know how to transform its challenges into opportunities. If you are a journalist, photographer or a documentary maker and no one has ever given too much concern about your work internationally, now is the time to convert the sufferings of other people into more opportunities for yourself. Most white people will believe you when you claim that you are giving a voice to these people who cannot speak for themselves, and they will never know that you speak Urdu, not Pushto.

If you are not doing this for professional reasons, the project will give you ample opportunities to meet and impress members of the opposite sex.

5) Look up Waziristan on the map:

Sometimes even the simplest of acts of care and concern can mean a lot more than large development projects. This week, why don’t you pick up an atlas or look at a map online, and search for Waziristan? In these testing times when we need to keep our hopes high, try to avoid the west longitudes on the map, because they are always negative.

The author has a degree in Poetics of Prophetic Discourse and works as a Senior Paradigm Officer.

harris@nyu.edu

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