THIS is to highlight the major impediment to effectively quelling the menace of terrorism in the country. It has sadly been observed that terrorists apprehended by the law-enforcement agencies are often let off by courts due to want of evidence.
The people out of fear are mostly unwilling to give evidence in the court of law. Circumstantial evidence at times fails to meet the prevalent legal requirements.
While investigations carried out by law-enforcement agencies cannot be used as evidence, this in turn strengthens the hands of terrorists.
There is a need to make the government realise that it is its failure to enact appropriate laws to check terrorism which is negatively affecting the moral of security agencies.
The inability of the state to administer justice is proving highly detrimental for the security of the country.
The sufferings of Pakistanis at the hands of terrorists are unprecedented. The death of over 30,000 innocent civilians and about 4,000 security personals makes it our war.
The leniency and indifference exhibited by the government in punishing the terrorists is having its toll.
This menace cannot be checked unless its perpetrators are punished and made example of.
They do not even deserve any compassion for being tools in the hand of their foreign masters and for killing their own kith and kin for the sake of money.
There is a dire need to understand that it is the collective responsibility of the government, the judiciary and the media to bring these criminals to justice.
A’AYAN HUSSAIN Islamabad