As per news, Sindh government has requested the federal government to provide lists of banned religious and sectarian outfits and organisations by April 06. Is this another joke, in the wake of Taliban’ attack on Army Public School in Peshawar, a National Action Plan (NAP) was formulated to take urgent steps to take the fight terrorism to its logical end. We are now in 4th month, since NAP agreement and there is no official list of banned outfits!
Then on what basis we are taking action against terrorists? After the Army’ decisive operation in tribal areas, under Zarb-e-Azab, terrorists are fleeing, taking refuge with religious and sectarian outfits which act as terrorists’ brains and banks. These outfits are free to operate, by ‘operate’ one means free to collect funds, hold rallies and meetings, take space in print and electronic media, actively use social media to put up their view point and do recruitment of zombies.
If we are unable to even compile a list of such outfits, then what sort of seriousness one may expect on other points on NAP agenda? Is it because of expected reaction from banned outfits; if so, then why worry because this has to happen, why not now? Where do we stand on Madrassa reforms, change in their curriculum, and scrutiny of their funds. Nowhere, as government has failed to decide which ministry(ies) will take charge of this Herculean task. Is it safe to presume that NAP is just a smoking gun for army to have ‘military courts for civilians’ and launch an operation in Karachi?
Pakistani Taliban has now got a new far brutal partner Da’esh. A recent attack on security forces in Orakzai agency was claimed by Da’esh, ringing any alarm bells? It’s an intimation for those who are not busy protecting religious and sectarian outfits disguising as their political partners.
MASOOD KHAN,
Saudi Arab, April 8.