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Talibanism versus Pakistanism... By Alya

22 January, 2014

When will we realise that the country is in a state of war? It is a state of emergency. The Taliban have now started dictating to us on television and through television anchors. Their strategy has changed. They are now targeting personalities, individuals and media people directly. This is to create fear and dread in order to achieve their desired results.

The talks offer by the Taliban and a powerful bomb blast close to the GHQ at the same time is a clear message: the Taliban are not serious and are playing a joke on us. They are leaving us with no option but to fight so why not fight? Why should we end up in a closed tunnel? The government must leave aside everything else — their bickering, personal vendettas, self-aggrandizement, vindictiveness and extremist views or values. We must join hands and take the lead to differentiate between Pakistanism and Talibanism. We must strengthen the hands of the armed forces, security institutions and law enforcement agencies to fully be able to fight the terrorists.

Most of us are still wandering in the wilderness as to who is right and who is wrong. This is because our governments have not performed well and we lack seriousness. We have not been able to bring in effective replacements in the post-operation areas. The media has not sensed the situation of war and emergency, nor is it interested in creating awareness. The state and government machinery are not doing their due to train and educate people in dealing with terror situations in times of emergency. It seems as if we are not even interested in hunger, corruption, lawlessness and other ills. Please wake up and let us discuss our problems, expose the corrupt and somehow generate a situation whereby we can save Pakistan from terrorists, extremists, sectarianism and the corrupt ruling elite. To stop terror, let us stop terrorism.

PROF ALYA ALVI
Rawalpindi

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