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Counter confusion... By Mohsin

08 January, 2014

The federal government seems utterly confused on the issue of terrorism and has miserably failed in evolving an effective counterterrorism strategy so far. Now the government is seriously considering the establishment of a counterterrorism department to be manned by some highly-trained and highly-paid individuals. In so planning, the government has again ignored some fundamental aspects of the issue.

First, we should always remember that there are certain known and identified areas in the country that are serving as the sanctuaries for these terrorists. No counterterrorism derive in the country can be successful without eliminating and destroying these sanctuaries. Why do we forget that Pakistan has the sixth largest army in the world, which is fully capable and always willing to perform this important national duty? The idea of recruiting a few thousands personnel to fight this war at random will be frustrating at the end of the day. In fact, these objectives can be achieved by training and building the existing police force. Instead of wasting more time, the government should take some concrete and pragmatic steps.

Mohsin Raza Malik
Lahore

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