THE beheading of seven security men by the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan must send shock waves across the nation and make all sane minds wonder why civil society has chosen to keep silent on such acts of barbarism. The security personnel were kidnapped on Thursday in Laddah, South Waziristan, and a TTP spokesman on Friday not only proclaimed the beheading, he also said the Taliban would display the severed heads to the media. This is not the first time that the Taliban have murdered their prisoners in utter violation of the fundamental principles of warfare. They have done so several times and invited the media to see and broadcast their perverted philosophy to the world. Shocking as all this is, a greater source of shame is the deafening silence which large sections of the political world, the media, the legal community and the ulema have maintained on actions where the enormity of the crime isn’t adequately conveyed by such terms as ‘war crimes’ or ‘human rights violations’.

The murder of the soldiers occurred in South Waziristan, which the army chief recently visited. In fact, photographs showed him being received by tribal elders. If the idea was to prove that the army has pacified South Waziristan, then the capture and murder of the soldiers belie this claim. Much remains to be done in Pakistan’s own interests, regardless of the country’s difference on tactics and strategy with Nato and Kabul. Similar atrocities in adjoining tribal areas show that the supply lines and organisational structure of the militants, whatever group they belong to, remain intact. The pity is that their cruelty and the threat they pose to the very fabric of our society seem to get lost in the din of Pakistan’s recurring political crises. The nation’s interest in the recent media and political controversies stands in stark contrast to its indifference to the religious extremism that is eating into Pakistan’s vitals. The media too has failed to adequately inform the nation about the Taliban’s savagery. This must change if the public is to recognise the harsh reality of militancy in the country.

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Comments (11)

Iftikhar Husain
June 24, 2012 11:45 am
Dawn has pointed out corectly the problem in the coutrry we all know who are these people but we donot condem them. This may be be because we are all scared to speak against them.
June 25, 2012 1:05 am
all throughout history there have been many resistance movements who have resorted to terrorism in many cases but the level of barbarity and cruelty shown by these groups is unparalleled. These people have no legitimacy just thugs who have no regard for human life and no honour.
Said Arab
June 24, 2012 6:57 am
The social and electronic media of Pakistan is responsible to declare a war against this barbarism.
June 24, 2012 6:49 am
We all get agitated and talk of "Ghairat" on incidents or accidents like Salal, but keep mum on beheading of Soldiers who are martyred in line of duty.
Anwar Khan
June 25, 2012 3:46 am
This is time for us to recognize ourselves and wake up from the dream if we want to change the face of the country. Not only this matter, but also other matters like load-shedding, price-hike, corruption, patriotism etc are to be addressed.
June 24, 2012 2:58 pm
While it should send shock waves the reality is that it goes largely unnoticed - maybe everyone is too focused on anti American blather or maybe its just business as usual.
June 24, 2012 4:50 pm
not that taliban are doing right but what would you do when your sons,daughters,mothers,wives,sisters,brothers and fathers are eliminated by drones and an organised well trained local and foreign army with all sorts of lethal weapons.there is no end to it except to stop drones and come back to table talk since taliban are only reactionary.if you dont do actions there will be no reaction
June 24, 2012 5:30 am
Point well made. When will the elite right wingers realize this?
June 24, 2012 5:45 am
dead silence-where is CJ, Nawaz,Imran and Zardari.... I forgot they are running after the chair rather than running the country...
June 24, 2012 5:50 am
Your penetrating insight to this enormous dysfunctionality of Pakistani society while absolutely on the money; it is scary. The worst part is that it has become a norm. Only a very sick society keeps quite about such a malignant cancer as this. Sadly very few speak openly against it.
irfan latif
June 24, 2012 7:27 am
this sort of savagery should be condemned in each forum of natioal interest as this thing is defaming our religion and country.intellectuals and ulemas should need to thing more seriously as there is no space of thing gory in our religion.
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