Terrorism and the Pakistani mindset

“A Muslim can never conduct a suicide attack against his fellow Muslims; it has to be a Zionist cum American cum Indian conspiracy”.

How many times have you heard your friends say that, in a gathering whenever you get to discuss the terrible phenomenon i.e. Terrorism? Yet, they fail to cite a single such example of an Indian, American or Israeli who actually strapped bombs on his body, and blew himself on the streets of our beloved homeland.

So what really is the problem here?

Is it that Pakistanis, in general, fail to recognize the problem that terrorism poses? Is it that their religious convictions affect their judgment, when it comes to identifying such elements? Do they deliberately over look the danger, in spite of the suffering that it has brought them over the course of last few years? Is it because the media, at times, portrays such elements as the ‘grieved’ party? Or is it that they consider these elements the lesser evil of the two; US of A / Government of Pakistan being the bigger devils, of course.

Whatever the case be, the facts state that our sense of apathy towards terrorism and its victims is costing us dearly in terms of both human life and economy. And yet we fail to recognize the threat. Politicians would have you believe that terrorism will simply fade away once the Americans get out of Afghanistan. Religious leaders have either been threatened to maintain silence or they’re just too busy building a political career out of Islam, to actually care. While the Pakistani media, oh boy, the media wants you to remain contended after knowing that it’s Pakistan army and spineless politicians who are actually responsible for the existence of such elements. Not that I’m contending any of those assertions. But what really gets me ticked off is the fact that there is all this talk about sharing the burden of responsibility and yet no one seems concerned about tackling the issue itself. While our cities (yes Mengora, Sedo Sharif, Kalam and Peshawar are in fact our cities and towns) are being overrun by thugs and murderers operating under the banner of Taliban, those responsible for running this country are busy playing a game of passing the parcel, in this case, it’s the responsibility that gets passed from person A to person B and then back. And we’re stuck with perpetually repeating this cycle of practicing idiocy.

Such behavior is not only taking our eyes of the issue of terrorism itself but also giving the people of Pakistan a much skewed view of the reality. A view that overlooks the fact that it’s Muslims, yes they not only share our faith but claim that they’re doing it for the faith, are strapping bombs on their bodies and blowing themselves up amongst us. Instead of confronting that reality, acknowledging that it is a problem and then try finding a cure, we have instead chosen to stick our heads in the sand and make ourselves believe that it’s all part of a ‘global conspiracy’ against Muslims.

Now, I understand that Pakistanis are not really a monolithic entity and they, just like any other community, have different points of view which they owe to certain belief sets that have over time been instilled in them and the set of information available to them, at a particular point in time. This is where, I believe, comes the responsibility of the government and those who form public opinion to make the nation realize, that we are in fact facing a problem and that we cannot just shy away from our responsibility, not when it is affecting our lives and those of our dear ones, so severely. And to tell them, that if we did not choose to wake up to the reality, then we’ll be another one of those nations fighting a never-ending war against an insurgency that gets so bloody, that in the end no one knows what it is all about.

At least that is what I, as a Pakistani, wish they did.

In my previous post, my first question to Imran Khan made an assertion about sectarian groups forming an alliance with AQ and Taliban. After going through the following investigative report by the Guardian newspaper, it seems like I wasn’t that far off.

You can read the report here.

  • Amna

    This thought lurks in everyones mind but nobody mentions it, you were bold enough to put it up. Good

  • Amna

    This thought lurks in everyones mind but nobody mentions it, you were bold enough to put it up. Good

  • An_igma

    People actually do realize the problem to its full extent now. That “burying-your-head-in-the-sand” like situation was actually when we, very proudly adopt and publicize that Jehad ideology all over the place in our country … the reason you see so many people coming up with absurd reasons and solutions now days is a mixture of embarrassment (we kept that ideology close to our heart for so many years), lack of credible information and a bunch of ridiculously opportunist politicians …

  • An_igma

    People actually do realize the problem to its full extent now. That “burying-your-head-in-the-sand” like situation was actually when we, very proudly adopt and publicize that Jehad ideology all over the place in our country … the reason you see so many people coming up with absurd reasons and solutions now days is a mixture of embarrassment (we kept that ideology close to our heart for so many years), lack of credible information and a bunch of ridiculously opportunist politicians …