HAMMAD HUSSAIN

KHANEWAL

A report has revealed that four districts of Punjab - Khanewal, Jhang, Layyah and Dera Ghazi Khan - are highly sensitive due to presence of high profile terrorists there while Khanewal is a safe haven for terrorists.

Those attacked the army vehicle on Feb 7, 2014 were the residents of Khanewal, according to the recent report of the Anti-Terrorism Department. There are many questions about the lists of Madaris in Khanewal and their role in harbouring terrorists. Southern Punjab is known as home to Punjabi Taliban.

The report prepared by the district administration revealed that the Madaris were heavily being funded from the foreign countries. The report was thrown into cold storage because it could spoil relations with such countries. According to the report, some Madaris are promoting sectarian hatred in Pakistan. Some are providing human resource to the banned organisations while there is no proper data available about non-registered religious schools.

The leaders and activists of Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat had delivered provocative speeches at the funeral of Ghulam Shabir alias doctor who was hanged in a case of terrorism a few days ago. And the police had arrested 31 people including two sons of Malik Ishaq and Abdul Khaliq Rahmani.

In July 2009, a bomb blast at the Master Afzal’s seminary in Mian Channu, where bombs and suicide jackets were allegedly being prepared, had killed 16 people and injured 60 others. An army vehicle was attacked in February, 2014 in which three soldiers including Major Danish were martyred. Likewise, DC Ali Raza, Badar Abbas, Zaheerul Hasan, Farukh Bargees, Ali Hasan, Ijaz Hussain and Dr Tanveer were also murdered in the same district.

Terrorism is one of the biggest threats to Pakistan’s progress but the ways to eradicate the problem are yet to be found out. People of the Khanewal and members of the civil society were of the view that the first and foremost thing is the national unity and commitment to fight the menace.

The people need to unite and make commitment to eradicate terrorism from every nook and corner of the country. Some are of the view that religious leaders can play an effective role in this regard as a large number of people give importance to the religious scholars and teachers. The civil society must come to the forefront to help the state machinery against the war on terror.

When contacted Khanewal DPO Jahanzeb Nazir Khan declared that Khanewal district was no more a safe haven for the terrorists and for their facilitators .The district police are strictly acting upon the National Action Plan and have arrested more than 40 suspects during the past few days, he pointed out, adding that the district police were carrying out vigorous monitoring of all the seminaries and would not let anybody dent sectarian harmony in the district. No one will be allowed to hurt religious feelings of rival sect and all such elements would be dealt with sternly.

To a question, the DPO declared his commitment to provide foolproof security to all citizens across the district.