MONDAY morning brought the dismal news of the targeted killing of the principal of a government high school in Peshawar by dozens of heavily armed militants.

Tuesday morning one reads the news of the murder of a newly-elected MPA of Hangu who, initially an independent candidate, had joined the PTI.

The legislator was known to be a respectable gentleman of modest means who apparently had been elected quite remarkably because of his social work credentials.

These instances of targeted killings are just a few of the ongoing examples of brutality and lawlessness rampant in our country.

Everybody talks about enforcing the writ of the state, more so in the context of drone attacks and other violations of our territory.

But what about these militants posturing as custodians of Islam, who have been overriding all laws of the state and all norms of humanity and continue to hold the country hostage?

One fails to understand the benevolent overtures being made to such elements by our political leadership.

We have a huge and well-trained military, but it seems that the populist, obscurantist and even naive rhetoric has made it difficult for our forces to act decisively, forcefully, and in a focused and conclusive manner.

It is mind-boggling and makes one’s blood boil that we have allowed the monster of militancy to become so big, for it not only has ruined our beloved country but also given a bad name to our religion which advocates peace and tolerance towards all living creatures.

If in the past our governments, whether military or civilian, had, together with the US, made expedient choices for power and money, it is high time now that all stakeholders worked together decisively against the menace of militancy.

If bitter truths need to be told, the nation should be prepared to hear these rather than see the country go up in flames.

Wake up everybody. Unfortunately, since quite a while, this has become our war, and yet we continue to live in a delusional state.

A CONCERNED CITIZEN Lahore

Updated Jun 06, 2013 05:07am

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Comments (6) (Closed)


M Aslam
Jun 06, 2013 01:50pm
Response of PTI is already established by burning alive suspected culprits father, uncle and two other relatives. Every one is silent on this brutal act of barberian. Now our society under the good governance is moving towards the law of jungle. If there is any suspect for any crime, the people has to take the law in their hands, and kill each and every relative of suspect- Well done Imran Khan. Good start of new Pakistan.
Ayyaz
Jun 06, 2013 01:15pm
Whoever's behind it is the enemy of peace and positive change. I pray that his life doesn't go in vain. A firm action-based statement is awaited from PM too. I wonder what is the statement of Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman on this !
khan Sahib
Jun 06, 2013 11:46am
Imran Khan will simply put the blame on MQM. That how far our leaders in North can think.
Braver
Jun 06, 2013 10:50am
This may be first incidence in the PTI government, but response of Imran Khan to this will set the tone of the things to come in future.
Eddy
Jun 06, 2013 06:03am
To sum up, the Islam as preached in Pakistan appears to be a sword wielding religion hell bent on killing people due to lack of tolerance.
Sajid
Jun 06, 2013 06:25am
There are few solutions for this issue. No. 1 is better and meaningful education, No. 2 teaching our new generation to respect others and tolerance for other religions and people of different faiths.