The abduction and murder of a high-rank police officer have raised serious concerns over the growing involvement of external hands in Pakistan. Tahir Dawar , Superintendent of Police was head of Peshawar police rural area circle, he was kidnapped from the federal capital Islamabad on October 26. On 13th November picture of his tortured dead body surfaced on the internet.

Later, it was confirmed by the Afghan authorities that Tahir Dawar was found dead in Afghanistan and he was killed by an unknown extremist outfit operating in Afghanistan. Director-General of Inter Service Public Relations (DG ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor, while condemning the brutal murder of Tahir Dawar Khan expressed Pakistan military’s concerns and also towards a possible foreign hands element.

Similarly, Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan has also ordered an inquiry to find out that how such a senior rank official was kidnapped and being taken to Afghanistan. While the brutal killing of Tahir Dawar Khan has seriously left a question on the security lapse, the Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM) ,a movement launched by the Pashtuns from the tribal areas held the security agencies responsible for the brutal murder of Tahir Dawar Khan.

The kidnap of a senior rank police officer from the capital of the country raises serious questions on the law and order situation and the state ability to protect its own citizens. Tahir Dawar was a brave policeman who survived two suicide attempts on his life against the terrorists. No doubt that his abduction and then the kidnappers easily taking him to Afghanistan is a serious matter and the law enforcement agencies (LEAs) and spy agencies need to find out that who was involved in the abduction of Tahir Dawar from the capital.

It is impossible for an extremist outfit or a foreign spy agency to kidnap a high-rank police officer without the help of local collaborators and one hopes that soon the LEAs will sort this out. However, blaming security agencies or the military command for the incident or pointing out that hidden hands from the establishment were involved in the incident is neither a logical conclusion nor does it serve the purpose of finding out the involvement of external hands.

Tahir Dawar was a supporter of the PTM, as a result, his abduction and killing are being used to take mileage by the Pashtoon Tahafuz Movement. The problem with the PTM is that it is so blind in its hate towards the army and security agencies that it never wants to see the other side of the picture. For the PTM leadership and activists, Tahir Dawar was killed because he was a supporter of their movement, however, they do not realise that if this was the case, there were better ways to silence him, instead of sending him to Afghanistan and then get him murdered there by the extremist outfit.

Since the news has spread across the country the segment of the urban educated class who supports PTM, is criticising the military and spy agencies for the failure to protect people like Tahir Dawar and many among them see this murder as a conspiracy by the security forces. This is not the first incident, every time a citizen goes missing or is being killed, normally, the ordinary citizens start questioning the security agencies. A perception has been created that intelligence agencies abduct the people who go missing. Contrary to this, the security agencies do not act in such a way, the security agencies only keep check on the suspicious people to make sure that law and order situation is not deteriorated.

Most of the times they are not concerned with the critics, however, the people involved with banned extremist outfits or being used as a tool by the external hands are picked sometimes for interrogation and to expose the network and collaborators they work for. So the perception that the security agencies abduct its own innocent citizens is baseless and devoid of truth.

There are chances that sometimes the rogue elements in these institutions act on their own, but for sure the military institution has no policy of abducting the dissidents. Tahir Dawar’s brutal killing in Afghanistan can only benefit NDS, the Afghan spy as this not only can be considered as a revenge for the death of an Afghan police Chief Commander Abdul Raziq who was killed by the Afghan Taliban last month. Afghan Taliban are considered close to Pakistan's interests in Afghanistan, hence Pakistan's involvement in the murder of Raziq was suspected by Afghan authorities.

The murder of Tahir Dawar will give an opportunity to PTM to take political mileage by organising more public gatherings and protests against the security agencies. This eventually will serve the purpose of external hands to destabilise and defame the military of Pakistan, as the venom and hatred PTM spread against the military helps Raw, NDA and hidden hands keep creating the divide within the ranks of Pashtoon against Pakistan.

In the great game of Afghanistan Pashtoons from the tribal belt and from Afghanistan has been backing Pakistan and CIA along with other regional spy agencies have been trying since long to divide Pashtoons to use them against the Pakistani forces in order to achieve the strategic goals in Afghanistan. The PTM demands may have been justified but it needs to revisit its strategy of bashing state institutions for the sake of political mileage. The criticism and protests cannot bring a solution to any problem and one needs to sit on the table to solve the conflicts. So, if The PTM is serious about solving the Pashtun problems it needs to sit with the authorities to find a solution instead of only bashing the security agencies.

Coming back to Dawar's brutal murder there is no possibility of involvement of our own agencies. Criticising security agencies without any evidence will only serve the purpose of external hands and it seems the abduction and murder of Tahir Dawar were done in order to achieve such a goal. It is very easy to criticise military and security agencies for occasional security mishaps, but a very few people realise that these institutions thwart hundreds of efforts to sabotage the peace within the country very silently. Criticising the establishment for its unnecessary role in politics or for using religious hardliners groups to counter the external hands in Afghanistan is something else, but bashing the military and own security agencies or for using extremists outfits for abducting our own citizens is entirely a different thing. When we talk about the freedom of expression, we also need to realise that with this freedom comes a great deal of responsibility. Tahir Dawar 's case is not that simple and since it potentially involves the external hands and elements. The media and the civil society in Pakistan needs to look towards the harsh realities in the global game that is being played in the neighbouring countries.