Pakistan is at war. In this war the whole of the country has become a battlefield. This war is being fought as much within our cities as on the frontlines of the militant areas. This war is not merely a military battle. Rather it is an attack on our very foundations, diverse cultural system, social value system, intellectual milieu and for want of better term, an attack on the progressive and forward looking interpretations of Islam. Therefore, it has become a war for the very survival of people, a war which we must win. But this war has to be fought and won on the several different fronts. Without that military action alone will not work and may result in huge blowback.
In the first part of this article, we have laid out briefly the significance of the ongoing war in Waziristan as a symbol of the paradigm of destruction and the threat to the future of Pakistan’s stability and meaning. In Pakistan there exist two main conditions of a sudden social change. There is absence of law and order and a completely broken and fragmented educational system, which has produced fault lines in the social order of this country. Unfortunately it is anarchic Taliban who have become champion of social change. But it is a pretense only. And it is a negative pretense. The need is that a positive and forward looking socio-political agent should lead this social change.
The long stretched scenario of the war on terror and its effects have created an environment of fear and insecurity, for the average Pakistanis who are caught between existence and survival. The state that promises them law and order and access to safe and secure life remains invisible. The authority to curb the evil of terrorism has been ceded solely to the military, with no civilian leadership. There is lack of society-welfare-oriented approach to deal with the menace of terrorism. Due to the absence of any such strategy, the gap has been filled with the militants feeding off the local population. The discontent of the local people with education, governance and lack of economic opportunities, have given space to the nihilistic interpretation of Islamic teachings…Click here for complete article