Pakistan is the frontline state, which has taken the brunt and blow of terrorist attacks especially after the tragedy of 9/11 in the United States and its active participation in the international war on terrorism. In this partnership, Pakistan has lost 48,000 of its own including law enforcement officials and members of the civilian population. This country has been the prime target of terrorism, sometimes branded as sectarian violence, political rivalry, and target killing. The form and substance of this terrorism is cloaked in deception, treachery, concealment, conspiracy and savagery. Seemingly it is directed against the government, military and the security establishment, in the garb of revenge for Pakistan's role as an ally of the United States and the West. In fact, the agenda of the terrorist operations is focused on creating disruption, chaos, destruction and mayhem at the national level taking advantage of every weakness and gap in the security apparatus.
The magnitude and capacity of this war on terrorism launched against one of the Nato and ISAF partners is not the result of some anti-government groups who have joined hands in a popular uprising. It is not like the Arab Spring or a revolution aimed at ending injustice, or restoring democracy. Pakistan's new government is popularly elected, after power was transferred in a transparent, peaceful and democratic transition through elections. The earlier government completed its five years in office.
As mentioned in my earlier writings on the subject this terrorism is not home grown, rather it is substantially funded and materially supported by foreign elements across Pakistan's eastern and western borders. In response to the Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's speech at the recent United Nations General Assembly session, accusing Pakistan of being the epicenter of terrorism, Pakistan provided evidence of Indian involvement in the secessionist movement in Balochistan. Pakistan has in the past raised issue of the existence of several Indian consulates on Pakistan's border with Afghanistan. Naturally these consulates are not facilitating Indian nationals to seek Afghan citizenship for better life opportunities as compared to the ones in India.
It has been disclosed by the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) another terrorist off shoot of Al-Qaeda, that they are receiving huge funding from the Taliban in Afghanistan. The Dawn newspaper reports the following:
The Afghan Taliban are financially supporting the Pakistani militants and providing sanctuary to them in Afghanistan, spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban has said.
The disclosure, which the spokesman made on Saturday in an interview with a small group of reporters, is meaningful because Pakistan has long been accused of pursuing a policy of differentiating between the Afghan and Pakistan Taliban as so-called ‘good’ and ‘bad’ militants even though Islamabad denies this.
“The Afghan Taliban are our jihadi brothers,” said Shahidullah Shahid in an interview in Waziristan, the Taliban’s main tribal sanctuary in Pakistan along the Afghan border.
“In the beginning, we were helping them, but now they are strong enough and they don’t need our help, but they are now supporting us financially.”
The Afghan Taliban were also providing sanctuary for a prominent Pakistani commander, Mullah Fazlullah, in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar province, said Shahid.
The above public confession by the Taliban indicates that the huge terrorist apparatus that continues to mount terrorist activities in Pakistan is funded, supported, selected and trained in secret training camps across the border in Afghanistan. The scale of destruction, number of fatalities and the sense of insecurity that these attacks breed is part of a larger scheme to destabilize Pakistan and project its image as a failed state.
Abetting terrorism to create destabilization in Pakistan will neither help Afghanistan or India, nor will it help to normalize relations or create a conductive atmosphere for Afghanistan after the withdrawal of international forces from that country in 2014. It may create deeper insecurity, which will only lead to Afghanistan becoming another breeding ground for terrorists. This state of affairs will not serve to guarantee security of the American homeland. The United States is dealing with newer terrorist threats in Somalia, Yemen, Kenya, Libya and Syria. It does not want to be involved in Afghanistan's conflict after 2014, except for establishing peace through political reconciliation. There is no alternate to durable peace in South Asia, which can be achieved through cooperation between the countries of the region and adherence to the principles of non-interference.
Dawn News October 6, 2013