Don’t make operation controversial

OPERATION against terrorism was launched with consensus of all political parties in order to rid the country of this curse. However, it is lamentable that some elements are now trying to give it an ethnic colour despite assurances at the top level that the operation is being pursued without any discrimination and prejudice. It should be like so if we are really interested to ensure peace and security in the country.
Chief of Awami National Party Asfandyaar Wali the other day accused that Pashtuns are being targeted under the guise of war on terror and also warned of dire consequences. Meanwhile, talking to an Afghan delegation, Chief of Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (S) Maulana Samiul Haq also raised objections over targeting of Afghans in anti-terror operation. Both the leaders are seasoned and prominent politicians and we believe that they and others should refrain from issuing such statements, which in fact have nothing to do with ground situation. The anti-terrorism operation be it Zarb-i-Azb or the recently launched Raddul Fasaad, the security forces have not limited their scope to just one particular area but are being carried out in entire length and breadth of the country. Following recent terror acts in Lahore, policing powers have also been given to Rangers in Punjab and anti-terror operation has been scaled up and arrests being made everywhere be it Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa or other provinces. At a time when our enemy is trying to undermine our successes in the war on terror, wisdom warrants that religious and political parties stand united and lend full assistance to armed forces to crush anti-state elements with full force no matter which caste or creed they belong to. As regards the remarks of Samiul Haq, we believe the religious leader should not forget the involvement of Afghan refugees in different criminal and sabotage activities. For a religious scholar like Samiul Haq, we expect that he calls a spade a spade and instead use his influence across the border in order to improve matters between Pakistan and Afghanistan.

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