After the September 11 terrorist attacks, Pakistan's decision to join the U.S led global war on terror provided it with an opportunity and chance to address militancy and religious extremism is the country.
Terrorism as it has been defined since 9/11 has so far taken a tell of thousands of people, mostly in Iraq followed by Afghanistan and Pakistan. This version of war against terrorism has increased not only terrorists but it has perished almost 4,000 people in Pakistan only.
Today terrorism is threatening the very roots and fabric of Pakistan's nationhood. More tragically, terrorism in Pakistan draws its justification from the very faith which provides the country its ideological mornings.
How Can The Challenges Be Met: In case of lashkars, the Pakistani establishment needs to go to its basics crises. The self-styled and misguided 'Islamic scholars' preaching Jihad, the government should cut all the help. Pakistan's biggest province-Punjab is recruiting 'Mujahidin' from among the poorest of poor people. The poverty of these regions should be eradicated on emergency grounds so that the poor masses get awareness about the these misguided "Mullahs".
Negotiations with them, start building physical paraphernalia including roads, schools, hospitals, bridges and manufacturing units under, the so called reconstruction opportunity zones.
- Preventing and resolving conflicts with Talibans and other religious groups through regular dialogue & persuasion.
- Reconstruction activities to be started in order to absorb moderate Taliban.
- Strengthening the protection of vulnerable targets.
- A fully demarcated border with Afghanistan which will prevent the foreign intrusion in the country. Specially, the role of RAW.