UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the unprecedented rise in violence in Pakistan; he was referring to sectarian attacks in Quetta and Swat valley last week wherein at least 117 people died while another 235 were injured; some of them are in critical condition.
The people targeted in Quetta were not only the poor masses but also police officers, journalists, media technicians and rescue workers. This was something new and very well planned. We need international support, as this enemy is unseen and unidentified, there are many theories as to who is behind this but now it’s time we all worked together and asked international, unbiased authorities to look into the matter.
Either we are cowards or perhaps inadvertently supporting them, or totally confused not knowing what to do. As per Pakistan Institute for Peace Studies report, just last year has seen 58 percent rise in sectarian violence wherein the hot spots are Karachi, Quetta, Gilgit, Kurram agency, Parachanar and Peshawar. The Pandora box of sectarianism was opened by Ziaul Haq’ regime for short-lived goals and no one has been able to put the genie back in the bottle.
During the 90s, security agencies tried to control the violence by taking decisive measures against sectarian groups and outfits, but today, the ineffectiveness of these same security agencies tells another story. No government can permit such brutality to continue against its citizens whether it’s in the name of religion, sect, language or ethnicity. Regrettably, we see no visible action wherein sectarian party leaders and workers are nabbed, their communication facilities are disrupted, and their finances are ceased. Therefore an outside force is required to deal with the situation in this country, let’s ask Scotland Yard to find out who the criminals are, but with their record no one can be sure.
MASOOD KHAN,
Saudi Arab, January 11.