Terrorism: Pakistan’s sacrifices

Published Nov 13, 2012 12:06am

THE US has declared the Haqqani network a terrorist organisation and ordered to freeze all its assets in the US and neighbouring countries. The US has again accused Pakistan of links with Haqqani network which is operating in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The US has also blamed the Haqqani network for several deadliest attacks on Nato bases in Afghanistan in which several people were killed. Now in his recent meeting with Pakistani foreign minister, the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged Pakistan to do more against militant groups in Pakistani.

Recent allegations by US authorities regarding Pakistan’s alleged links with Haqqani militants are astonishing.

If Pakistan is enjoying good relations with militant groups like Haqqani network then why is the country facing a wave of terrorist and suicide attacks?

On the same day when US authorities made their comments several Pakistani security forces personals lost their lives in an attack on security checkpost on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.

Next day the militants targeted a high level paramilitary base and Rangers headquarters in the heart of Karachi, killing several people. Several people lost their lives in a busy shopping center in Peshawar when militants targeted a senior police officer. The government supported tribes and peace committee members have become main targets of the militants groups and even mosque, shops, schools are not safe. Attacks by militants from Afghanistan Kunar province in the Pakistani border cities have become a daily routine.

Afghan border cities have become a safe haven for militants but Nato is doing nothing to stop this aggression. After participation in US-led war on terror more than 7,000 Pakistani security personnel have lost their lives which is more than US and Nato soldiers who lost their lives in Afghanistan. Due to increasing militant attacks, Pakistani economy has suffered badly and financial loss now has reached to $68 billion.

KHAWAJA UMER FAROOQ Jeddah

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Comments (7) (Closed)


Silajit
Nov 13, 2012 02:32pm
"If Pakistan is enjoying good relations with militant groups like Haqqani network then why is the country facing a wave of terrorist and suicide attacks?" Because the establishment draws distinctions between their pet terrorists who attack Pakistan's neighbors (like Haqqani and Hafiz Saeed) and those who attack Pakistan. They at best ignore and at worst arm and finance the former while facing losing battles against the latter. Remove that distinction and attack them all is what the international press is saying. If Pakistan does, it can get back its standing as a good citizen and its neighbors would gladly help it.
Allaisa
Nov 13, 2012 07:34pm
Pakistan suffers because of the terrorism that originates in Pakistan (my sympathies) and the rest of the world suffers from terrorism that originates in Pakistan!
Trakkan
Nov 13, 2012 03:29am
There is also a lack of trust that is playing a part and not without any reasons. If all these are enemies of Pakistan especially after attack on Malala then why there is no national consenses against terrorism? There is still reluctance among many to get rid of them as they are the result of decades of hard work as a tool for tactical gains. It is high time to start unilateral action against them otherwise Pakistan will be more isolated and claims of victim will further lose its value
innohunter
Nov 13, 2012 05:44am
Agreed
GangnamStyle
Nov 13, 2012 07:18am
In Pakistan some are still supporting terrorism.They want to keep terrorism alive for their self interest.
lixi
Nov 13, 2012 05:58pm
Just because you're own people are being killed by your own people doesn't mean that your own government is NOT involved. Ty for pointing out that more Muslims have died as a result of Muslim violence.
saqib
Nov 13, 2012 09:42am
Here in Pakistan terrorism is a thriving industry, whether it be in the form of arms and ammunition, in the form of Hawala (illegal money transfer) or in the form of the drug trade.