Quetta attack needs national reorientation

Dr Muhammad Khan

On October 22, 2016, the terrorist attack on Police Training Centre in Quetta was another deadliest attack in the province, following the August 8, 2016 attack on lawyers, outside the civil hospital, Quetta. These terrorist attacks reveals two things; one, there were still loopholes in the security arrangements of the city, which could have been taken care of, after the August 8, 2016 attack or even earlier following the killings of Hazara people.
Two, there is anexternal dimension of the terrorism in Pakistan, particularly in the province of Balochistan, being implemented through RAW-NDS Nexus. Here again, it is not enough to say that external elements are involve in such incidents, but taking effective measures to stop their infiltration into Pakistan and further stoppage of occurrences of such incidents in future.
The Chief Minister of the Province, SanaullahZehrisaid after the incident that, he had the prior information of such a happening to occur. In fact, security of the province is the primary responsibility of the provincial Government, which become more pronounced after 18th Amendment. Nevertheless, despite prior intelligence, if the attack took place, then the responsible people deserved to be asked about their negligence.
Suspension of the Commandant of the Police Training College is a welcoming step, but need detail investigation, as he was the only one responsible or else there was anything else too. After all, there are always facilitators, facilitating such attacks. Besides, there has to be accountability of the millions of rupees, spent by the Provincial Government on the name of security in the province. After all the people of Province has the right to know, why despite spending billions, there is no security of the lives and property of the masses and where this amount is being spent.
Apart from above, there is bigger picture to the entire happenings in Pakistan, which is part of the greater game. Since Pakistan enjoys a pivotal position in the regional geopolitics which play significant role at the international level, therefore, there is a simultaneous power play of the regional and global actors. The nuclear status and ideological origin of Pakistan makes it further attractive for exploitation by the players of this game. Extremism, radicalization and terrorism are being used a tool to this great game.
These tools have their origin from these players, whose spying networks found these methodologies as most suited to create a cause and effect relationship. Militancy and terrorism is anti-thesis of Islam and Muslims, but through various misconstrued policies, the global players have linked it with Islam and Muslims. The sufferers today are Muslims in general and Pakistanis in particular. The Inspector General of the Frontier Corps Balochistan was blunt enough to say that, this attack was planned, directed and controlled from Afghanistan. This indeed is a war of attrition, India is waging against Pakistan, while making use of Afghan soil. Very cunningly, these two countries propagate against Pakistan, while constantly targeting it through terrorism.
Indeed, Pakistani Government, its intellectuals, media houses, academic circle and over and above its masses need to have a clear perception of the happenings inside the country their domestic facilitators and their global planners and abettors. In last almost one decade, our legislators and government functionaries have hardly debated these issues of national securityand economic prosperity at the level of parliament. If at all, there has been a joint session of Parliament to debate the problems, facing Pakistan, those concentrated more on rifts among political parties, rather the national security and economic prosperity. In fact, the element of statesmanship was and is lacking among the elected leadership of the country.
The Quetta like massacres calls for a national reorientation, re-assessment of policies, national harmony, domestic awareness and formulation of correct foreign policies and international relation. Let us have a well thought out and a deliberated policy for a secure and harmonized Pakistan, rather adopting the fire-fighting approach. Personal or party politics should not dominate the national policies.National security, national interests, national harmony and sovereignty of Pakistan must remain supreme. All policies of the political parties, groups, IGO, NGO and MNCs should flow out from the national policies of Pakistan. This is the only way forward, lest the masses in Pakistan are losing patience.
— The writer is International Relations analyst based in Islamabad.

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