We are a nation insecure, a people constantly looking behind their back, for the next target killing, suicide bombing and economic hardship. The KP police has stated a 100% conviction rate for reports filed by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa after the implementation of the National Action Plan. Then on April 8, Director General of Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asim Bajwa outlined Pakistan Army's successes in Operation Zarb-e-Azb, revealing that 263 terrorists have been killed so far in Khyber Agency's Tirah Valley in a series of Tweets. This is what we wanted. These are actual numbers, and our army has been doing its best to get results since Zarbe-e-Azb began. Why are we still unsure?

We are unsure because consistent attacks on Shias and Christians, and consistent threats to journalists and media personnel by terrorist outfits continue to bleed us. And then, people like Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, are allowed to be free men. This is all not to discredit the police of the army, but to point out that while fighting is on-going on traditional fronts, unconventional points need to be targeted. These include unofficial networks of intimidation and influence that extends into the judicial and political system. When we have decided to set up military courts, and suspend the moratorium on the death penalty, we need to go for the jugular and crush every terrorist network in sight. Doesn’t matter if it is now posing as a charity group. Doesn’t matter if they have police protection and political influence.

The military and the police in KP has not been sitting pretty since December. Numerous arrests have been made, schools have been made more secure, residents houses have been registered, hotels have been monitored and cases upon cases open against illegal residents. When one head is cut off another grows for religious extremism. Opinion pieces in newspapers keep talking about an ideological war that needs to be fought to stop dogmatic support for religious organisations, but this wont happen till the top tiers take note and give up their own peace of mind that comes from knowing that political favour granted will keep one out of harms way. The case of the PM jumping the gun on the Yemen issue almost causing a national crisis is one such example and it is naïve to believe that politicians up to the level PM are not ideologically bent towards being soft on extremist thought. The army can kill but the tide won’t quell until the recruiting of willing jihadis stops. The US has been unable to stop ISIS because of willing bodies ready to dies for the cause, and the same is true for militants here. We might never be 100% secure again. We are a nation that has suspended liberty, for the need of security. In doing so we have secured neither.