The arrival of the New Year 2016 has brought a gigantic and an unprecedented waves of violence and terror. Indeed, the terrorist assaults were allegedly – reported as the religious terrorism – instigated by the Tehrik -i- Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in Balochistan. Thus, around 42 people comprising police and FC personnel have been palpably killed in numerous terrorist attacks in Quetta city and its outskirts. Though, it has spread terror and panic throughout the province – which have terrorised and shocked the innocent civilians and the administrative apparatus.
The banned Tehrik -i- Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has transformed its sanctuaries to Balochistan in the wake of operation Zarb-e-Azb. Where the religious and militant ideology already exists in multitude shapes. Therefore, it has persuaded the monsters of TTP “to undertake its misguided ideological activities” in Balochistan. Nevertheless, since the dawn of January 4 to the twilight of February 6 – we have seen a considerable spike of religious terrorism in Quetta. Which has destroyed peace and stability of the entire Balochistan. However, it is very easy to disturb law and order situation – where the state apparatus are not functioning in full swing.
The persistent failure of the provincial government’s civilian and military institutions have given space to TTP’s outrageous and vicious activities. For instance, four heavily armed assailants “gunned down two policemen in Quetta” on 4th January at Bibi Nani Ziarat area. Following, the same week at another terrorist assault two policemen “Constable Mushtaq and constable Wajid, were shot dead by unidentified assailants outside a mosque in Multani Mohala of Quetta on 8th January.” Terrorism-related incidents in Quetta 2016 report indicates.
Although, there had more lethal terrorist episodes took place in Quetta city just five days later the Multani Mohala incident. When a suicide bomber blew himself “near Quetta polio centre killed at least 15 people” mostly comprising the police personnel. The Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has claimed the responsibility for the deadliest attack, which kept the whole city in fear and terror. The local population of Quetta and its peripheries had felt themselves insecure. For example, my friend hailing from Quetta told me on telephone that the people are not willing to go outside of their homes due to the TTP’s ever-increasing ‘fear and horror’.
Later, on 28th January further, “four policemen were gunned down in Quetta” at Satellite Town on Thursday. “The personnel were sitting inside the room of a mini gas station, situated on Munir Mengal road of the town when four unidentified attackers barged in and opened indiscriminate fire at them,” said SSP Operations Waheed-ur-Rehman. Meanwhile, the TTP claimed responsibility for the fatal. However, the TTP spokesperson Mohammad Khorasani said that, “The TTP’s special unit STF’s commandos successfully carried out the attack at a police mobile at Quetta’s Satellite Town and the then disappeared after the attack.”
The terrorist organisations look for soft power to function their corrupt and malicious activities. In which the TTP is one which is now a day confronting Balochistan due to its soft power and fiasco of provincial government’s law and security agencies. Thus, it indicates that the lack of intelligence sharing and utter bureaucratic failure could likely to be resulted in more terrorist attacks in the days to come. If the provincial government doesn’t take any concrete action against these demagogues – they would be looking to interject into power vacuum, to spread their activities to mainland Balochistan.
The radical ideology has stimulated by various religious groups and religious political parties in Balochistan by the help of madrassahs and jihadist literature. Hence, the madrassahs in Balochistan have taught the notion of religious militancy and jihad in the past and as well as in today’s modern world. In which we have lost the innocent school and university students, teachers, ordinary merchants, common civilians, and security personnel. The already existing radical ideology has given the practical shape of militancy and terrorism by Sibah-i-Sahaba Pakistan (SSP) and currently by the TTP. Which have overtly and covertly confronted Balochistan. So that the TTP wants to easily convert Balochistan into a full-flagged insurgency to destroy peace and stability in the region.
Similarly, the TTP seems to militarises Balochistan – and slain all those who are unequivocally at odds to their militant ideology and unethical activities. Although, the state pledged after the APS assault to eliminate terrorism of all its hues and colours. But yet no promising result could have achieved under the so-called National Action Plan (NAP). Now too many unfathomable questions are arises in one’s mind that – why the menace of terrorism is growing in Balochistan and KPK? Is the state incompetent to control the monster of TTP and its acquaintances? Or is it not willing to end this game? In which thousands of local Pashtuns have brutally massacred.
If the state itself not willing to eliminate the growing ominous of religious terrorism. So then, we would consider it as the state sponsored terrorism to exacerbate the situation of the province. The province which is politically, socially economically, and educationally marginalized by the internal colonial power. And more importantly, which is controlled by the internal imperialist forces since its forcible annexation to Pakistan. Yet the people have borne the brunt of internal imperialism from many decades – which have aloof them from mainstream politics. But this time they are unable to pay the piper of the threat of religiously motivated terrorists. Which would destroy our culture, education, economy, society and education.
However, the provincial government need to eradicate the danger of religious militancy and terrorism in the Heart of Balochistan. People feel themselves uncertain because the life property is now much equal to the 60 rupees bullet of 9MM pistol. So how could anyone expect good to their life in such a dreadful conditions. The answer is no one could. So what would be the answer? The answer is that we wouldn’t want to be consider die or martyr. Because we have born to live not to die. We have born free and let us to live freely according to our own faith and religion.
Writer: Najeeb Kakar
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