Offering dialogue... By Dayyan
21 August, 2013
The Prime Minister, in his first address to the nation, offered a chance at dialogue to the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). Is this the time to offer talks when the terrorists' agenda is clear in how they are against the state's policy and are openly challenging the writ of the state? As a citizen, I expected him to tell us something about the national terrorism policy and how to counter the militant menace we are facing. Today, people are not secure inside their homes so how can we even fathom security out on the streets? We need to strengthen our law enforcement forces. They are not trained and equipped enough.
Let us talk about the Dera Ismail Khan jailbreak incident. We have already heard that there was an intelligence report regarding this incident and that it was similar to the Bannu jailbreak. However, this incident showed lack of coordination between our law enforcement agencies. All 'efforts' were in vain; nothing was done to avert this attack. The terrorists attacked the D I Khan jail and they did not face any kind of resistance from the police that had been deployed for security purposes. The militants came and freed their companions; after some days they released a video on social media to clearly show our poor security arrangements.
In my opinion, after all this, the dialogue offer to terrorists only shows our pitiable condition. The government should take stern action against all those who are challenging the state's writ for their own vested interests. By initiating talks and listening to their demands we will make them stronger and it will lead to more violence and open disregard for the supremacy of the state. Everything this nation has suffered so far will seem futile.