Bookmark Kaumudi Online  Bookmark this site  Editor@Kaumudi  |  Marketing  Print Advt rates  |  Calendar 2018        Go!    
 
 
June 25, Monday 2018 3:09 PM       

       HEADLINES: B Sujatha Devi Passes Away                                              Fish preserved in formalin seized                                              Son brutally beats mother                                              Bid to sabotage probe against ADGP’s daughter                                              V K Rajagopal’s Sabarimala appointment cancelled                                              Violence cannot solve any problem: Modi                                              Major held for colleague's wife's murder                                              PDP never 'wavered' on agenda of alliance, says Mehbooba                                              UAE says ready to back efforts for peaceful Yemen rebel pullout                                              Musharraf says he has not quit politics                                              Constant bullying of activists unacceptable: HRCP                                              Kohli & Co. depart for Ireland, England tour                                              FIFA WC: Lukaku, Hazard braces help Belgium stun Tunisia 5-2                                              FIFA WC: Vela, Hernandez help Mexico win against S Korea 2-1                                              Amit wins gold at World Para Athletics Grand Prix                                              Kaumudi Facebook
       WORLD Next Article: Trump pledges support in fighting California wildfires  
       Militancy is being mainstreamed in Islamabad and it's not surprising, says Pak columnist
 
         Posted on :18:19:00 Oct 11, 2017
   
A A
       Last edited on:18:19:00 Oct 11, 2017
         Tags: Militancy is being mainstreamed in Islamabad
 

ISLAMABAD: The acceptance of the idea that - Pakistan has not only been internalising, but mainstreaming militancy and terrorism - by the world comes as no surprise to a Pakistani columnist, as he mentions that theirs is a "country, where a convicted terrorist like Hafiz Saeed is not only allowed to run his own 'charity' (Jamat-ud-Dawa), he is also allowed to form a political party (Milli Muslim League) as an extension of this charity."

The columnist, Khursheed Sardar, in an article titled 'Mainstreaming militancy not surprising at all' published in the Pakistan Today, also points out that the trends of the recently-held by-elections of the National Assembly -120 indicate a significant shift in the mindset of a common Pakistani over the past three decades.

"And it does not stop there: creation alone is not enough, Saeed's party is also winning votes, as evidenced by the performance of its candidate, Muhammad Yaqoob Sheikh, in NA-120, who managed to win 5,822 votes in the recently conducted by-poll. This, importantly, was over four thousand votes in excess of what the liberal Pakistan People's Party managed in the constituency, indicating the shift that has occurred in the mindset of the common Pakistani over the past three decades or so," he states, in the article.

Sardar adds, "The country has repeatedly yielded global most wanted criminals, dead or alive. Leaving aside the controversial assassination of Osama bin Laden, the likes of Egyptian terrorists Ahmed Mohammed Hamed Ali and Saeed al-Masri, Saudi terrorist Adnan Gulshair el Shukrijumah, Libyan terrorist Abu Laith al-Libbi and American terrorist Adam Yahiye Gadahn were all reportedly killed on Pakistani soil."

He further raises questions over the protection given to Saeed.

"The protection given to the now-under-house-arrest, Hafiz Saeed, raises huge question marks over Pakistan's stance on global terrorism: are we fighting terrorism or helping it fuse into our society?" he adds.

"Pakistanis, thus, must ask themselves: whom are we trying to fool when we refuse to accept that our country's armed forces, and we, the people, ourselves, are involved in safeguarding terrorists and terrorist organisations?"

The author points to the recent remarks made by the U.S. Defence Secretary Jim Mattis and General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, about the presence of links between the ISI and terrorist organisations should not come as a surprise to anyone.

"This is certainly not the first time this "accusation" has propped up: the idea has been circulating since a leaked British Ministry of Defence document alleged in 2006 that the country's premier intelligence agency has been involved in supporting terrorism across the globe, and again in the same year when the country's then-President, Pervez Musharraf admitted that certain retired ISI personnel might be aiding the jihadist movement in Afghanistan," he says.

The fusion of terrorists in the Pakistan's political mainstream, Sardar says, gives ample evidence that the allegations levelled by the ambiguous World Muhajir Congress against the Pakistani Armed forces in the letter to U.S.'s 'The House Foreign Affairs Committee' holds true.

"We are afraid as Jihadi outifts are getting stronger with the support of ISI, important port city of Karachi which is the supply line of US and NATO could fall into the hands of these terror groups. We fear for the safety of Karachi, Muhajir Nation and especially children, as these jihadi outfits are kidnapping/abducting young poor children and after brainwashing turning them into suicide bombers, jihadis, and religious fanatics," one of the allegations had stated.

"Barring the irony of the fact that this statement comes from an organisation spearheaded by a former terroriser of Karachi, do the concerns raised by it not sound valid? Do we Pakistanis truly believe that the existence of certain religious seminaries who recruit and brainwash innocent children, also a myth? Do we deny their part in radicalizing our society and playing a role in normalising, nay, propagating violence?" Sardar adds.

The writer further opines that the inclusion of radical, militant organisations in Pakistan's polity is by no means just an "indicator" of the mass radicalisation of our society - "it is its living and breathing, long-due product."

"The longer the Pakistanis stay in criminal denial of this development, as well as their own complicit role in it, the worse and more violence-prone the country's social and political environment would become," Sardar concludes.

A A
       WORLD
Next Article: Trump pledges support in fighting California wildfires
 
 
WORLD HEADLINES
Constant bullying of activists unacceptable: HRCP  
Musharraf says he has not quit politics  
UAE says ready to back efforts for peaceful Yemen rebel pullout  
Radicals will soon be central to Pak democracy debate  
India, Cuba to enhance cooperation in various fields  
President Kovind highlights importance of South-South cooperation  
Trump tells GOP to 'stop wasting their time' on immigration  
Activists: Syrian government steps up offensive in southwest  
Pak steps up security prior to assembly elections  
Lanka thanks PM Modi for grants to run free ambulance service  
Musharraf says SC's arrest order forced him to change plans to return to Pak  
China 'colonising' terror-supporting Pak - EFSAS  
India dismisses UN report branding terrorists as "leaders"  
Swaraj discusses bilateral trade, investment with Luxembourg PM  
Merkel, Macron search for reforms to halt EU 'disintegration'  
Merkel gets ultimatum from hardline ally over migrants  
India and France to build strong development partnership: Swaraj  
Iran's president to visit Switzerland, Austria amid nuclear deal row  
Three killed, 100 injured in Japan earthquake  
Afghan President announces ceasefire extension with Taliban  
US man convicted for murder of Indian-origin student  
Man sneaks into Sharif's wife's room in London Hospital  
Indonesian woman swallowed by giant python  
Indians with advanced degrees may have to wait 151 years for green card  
US imposes 25% import tax on Chinese products  
 
Should Yoga be made compulsory in all schools?
Yes
 
No
 
No opinion
 
 
 
Home Kerala India World Business Sports Sci&Tech Education Automobile CityNews Movies Environment Letters 
© Copyright keralakaumudi Online 2011  |  Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is prohibited.
Head Office Address: Kaumudi Buildings, Pettah P.O, Trivandrum - 695024, India.
Online queries talk to Deepu Sasidharan, + 91 98472 38959 or Email deepu[at]kaumudi.com
Customer Service -Advertisement Disclaimer Statement   |  Copyright Policy