Noam Chomsky once said, “Everyone’s worried about stopping terrorism. Well, there’s really an easy way: Stop participating in it.” It is no secret that, in South Asia, terrorism is a big tool being used by a hostile state.
There is no doubt that, in an ideal situation, the leadership of the third world countries prove their sanity and join hands against poverty, unemployment and illiteracy. However, the current situation is far from ideal.
The bad luck of South Asia is that, in the near future, there is no hope for constructive table talk to discuss and resolve important disputes. Observers say that, in this context, Pakistan’s position is very much clear, and that Islamabad wants peace and harmony with all its neighbouring countries including India.
Apparently, Islamabad has learnt from history that, for reliable peace and harmony, cordial relations are important. The major challenge to Islamabad’s efforts for bringing peace in the region is some external forces that want tension in the region. The basic question is why doesn’t the regional leadership fulfill its responsibilities.
A few days back, the city of lights; Karachi was hit by a terrorist attack. If we review the history of Karachi, we should not be surprised by this as this city has suffered extensively due to religious and ethical terrorism. For the past few years, law and order situation has been a major reason of concern for the residents of Karachi.
There is no doubt that the MQM-style politics created major problems for the city. Hundreds, if not thousands lost their lives in Karachi to the extremist attacks. Karachi is called the economic hub of Pakistan but in the past years, uncertainty badly affected the city. The objective of the latest terrorist attack on Pakistan’s Stock Exchange is to create mistrust between investor and the government.
Baluchistan’s banned terrorist organization wanted to prove, by targeting the stock exchange, that no investment would be secure in Pakistan. An important point to ponder over is how could the banned organization’s terrorists successfully reached Pakistan Stock Exchange.
Some sources say that MQM London and Baluchistan terrorist groups are involved together in the ongoing terrorist activities. There is no doubt that peace is the key in progress and prosperity of any country.
Here the question is how much chance is there that in the near future, the situation in South Asia becomes peaceful. Actually, the answer to this question depends upon the leaders’ vision.
Unfortunately, in the shape of BJP, India has one political party which is biased against all minorities. Islam, Pakistan and Muslims are the prominent targets of the extremist BJP government. In the recent past India’s confrontation with China proves that New Delhi doesn’t want peaceful settlement of the issues with its neighbours.
In recent days, Nepal and Bangladesh also openly showed reservations towards BJP policies. Unfortunately, America and its like-minded countries have still not shown their seriousness or commitment towards peace in South Asia. The ground realities show that America pushes and encourages India to challenge Beijing.
To overview the ongoing situation, it is not easy to say that peace in the region will be quickly achieved. The key point is that in international relations, every country prefers its own interests and it has no concern as to what benefits others. In this context, it is important that as a nation, Pakistan should quickly overcome its weaknesses to prove itself as a strong and responsible country.
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