Pledge to counter the threats

Pakistan being a nation is so resilient. Peace is one of the whims every Pakistani has but any aggression would certainly be countered to defend the motherland. This is not merely the desire of those who pledged to defend the country but every citizen is defender of the beloved motherland. Pakistan has always encouraged friendly relationship with India but India always encouraged aggression in return. After Pulwama incident India accused Pakistan without any evidence. India further escalated by violating the airspace and then got nothing but embarrassment. Going by Pakistan’s sustained efforts to de-escalate the crisis, including several reconciliatory statements by Prime Minister Iman Khan; the Indian air incursion was a coward act.

Yet, all through the crisis, clumsy Indian information management diluted the message Modi sought to send. By contrast, Pakistan’s media managers successfully controlled messaging, allowing Islamabad to appear responsible and wedded to peace. The Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) directorate announced on social media a failed Indian attempt to bomb Pakistani targets, supported by photographs of what appeared to be explosion craters in an otherwise empty forest glade. Pakistan responded well and shot down two Indian air force fighter jets and launched air strikes at six targets in Indian.

One Indian air force pilot was taken into custody; Major General Asif Ghafoor said confirmed the capture. India’s foreign ministry spokesperson has confirmed that one of their pilots is missing and that they are “ascertaining the facts”. He further announced that a Pakistan jet was hit as it took part in an operation. Without wasting time, the ISPR facilitated local as well as international media access to an area that was purportedly the IAF’s target. Very soon, credible global media organisations put out reports supporting Pakistan’s contention that there were no signs of any casualties in the so-called terrorist camp.

Separately, Pakistan’s military spokesperson said that Pakistani aircraft had fired on six targets in Indian-administered Kashmir, hitting “open spaces” as a demonstration of Pakistan’s capability to hit Indian targets. The intention, the military spokesperson said, was not to cause any civilian or military casualties. Foreign policy magazine wrote that India’s claim that one of its fighter pilots shot down a Pakistani F-16 fighter jet in an aerial battle between the two nuclear powers appears to be wrong. Two senior US defense officials with direct knowledge of the situation told Foreign Policy that US personnel recently counted Islamabad’s F-16s and found none missing.

That was the whole story. The befitted answer to India not only cleared the ambiguity created by India but it also proved that any threat to the sovereignty of Pakistan will be endured. Apart from the external security threats Pakistan is also dealing with some of the internal elements who are trying to derail the peace of the country. Pashtun Tahafuz Movement, a movement that claims to speak for the rights of ethnic Pashtuns in Pakistan has become so much controversial due to its stance against an organisation who has given sacrifices for establishment and prevalence of peace in the country.
Major General Asif Ghafoor, speaking at a press conference revealed that the Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM) had been funded by India’s Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) and the Afghan intelligence agency, National Directorate for Security (NDS). Since 2007, Pakistan has launched a series of military operations, mainly in the tribal districts, targeting the TTP and its allies. An operation launched in 2014 has been successful in displacing the TTP from its previous strongholds into neighbouring Afghanistan. But while violence has fallen, sporadic attacks continue to target security forces and civilians. Border fencing is in progress to avert the movement of culprits on Pak Afghan border.

The PTM has three main demands: the clearance of land mines and other unexploded ordnance from the tribal districts; an end to extrajudicial killings in Pakistan’s war against armed groups; and accountability for thousands of people who have been subjected to enforced disappearances by the state. In response to these demands 48 teams of military engineers had cleared at least 45 percent of the tribal districts of landmines and other ordnance. At least 101 casualties had occurred during the effort. When it comes to enforced disappearances, government commission of inquiry is working day and night to solve the cases. The Missing Persons Commission has disposed of 3,734 cases up to March 31, from 5,915 total cases. A total number of 5,853 cases were received to Missing Person Commission, up to February. During March, 62 more cases received by Missing Person Commission and the total numbers of cases reached to 5915.

The Missing Person Commission has conducted 706 hearings, 272 hearings in Islamabad, 147 in Peshawar, 202 in Karachi and 85 hearings in Lahore during March 2019. After these efforts no false propaganda should be averted. The allegations against PTM are serious as receiving money from foreign intelligence agencies amounts to treason. There has also been highlighted a clear link of PTM with the Baloch separatist organisations. Fortunately, PTM cannot succeed against the strength of the Pakistani nationhood. One should clearly remember that Pakistan is a prime example of the theory of challenge and response.

If the challenge facing a civilisation is too great, then the struggle to survive leaves no room to develop. Conversely if there is hardly any challenge, there is no spur to change. Progress comes out of the crucible of facing and overcoming the challenges. Pakistani Nation has emerged as one of the most resilient nations on Earth. Pakistan Armed Forces have defeated the forces inimical on both conventional and nonconventional fronts, fighting nontraditional asymmetrical battles, either in isolation or under the shadows, either in plains or in the rugged terrains, either under waters or above the heights.

We as a nation can’t allow a small group to besmirch Pakistan. How a small group can become representative of Millions of Pakistani even of pashtuns. There is need to understand the reality which is very much evident. Currently Pakistan is dealing with the monetary issues. Government is working hard to overcome the financial problems faced by the country. In such a situation, how a country can afford to endure people who are actually against the development of their own country. Pakistan army has done a lot more than fighting terrorism in this region. Whatever rebuilding and rehabilitation efforts have been done so far in this region, they have been spearheaded by the Pakistan Army.

Sacrifices of the troop’s aside, Pakistan army has built hospitals, schools and markets which were destroyed in counter-terrorism operations. Security check-posts were established all over FATA to ensure the safety of the locals and mainland Pakistan and this step has paid dividends which is evident from a sharp reduction in terrorist attacks across the country, including FATA and KP. No one wants any internal clash that too between those which will harm every citizen of the country. Engagement and dialogues are the only options. History tells us that resilient nations are invincible. Nuclear attacks on its soil in Second World War could have been the end of the world for Japan.

The resilience Japan exhibited after the catastrophe proves that such nations can be destroyed, but can never be defeated. Resilience is not a miracle but its effects are magical. When you see an opportunity in a problem, the problem actually turns into an opportunity. We, as a nation, have so subtly adapted to the environment around us that we don’t let pain conquer us for long. This does not mean that we have become insensitive or immune, but rather we have let the hope in our hearts triumph all the negativity. It is high time to act being a responsible citizen of Pakistan. China Pakistan Economic corridor is all ready to embrace the success.


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