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Strategic neglect

September 14, 2017

THE war against terrorism ought to be a two-pronged offensive: the battle of the bullet and the battle of the mindset. An ultimate victory is impossible without the two prongs moving in close coordination and complete harmony with each other.

The battle of the mindset, in essence, is the implementation of the National Action Plan in its true spirit.

This, however, has not even commenced in earnest; this is a strategic neglect. Strategic blunders cannot be rectified by tactical successes. This is the crux of the problem which has transformed our bloody turmoil into a war forever.

As long as the NAP remains dormant, we will continue to pay with the lives of our military and police, besides civilians caught in the crossfire. Our leaders have failed to comprehend this reality.

Let me conclude with a quote from Sun Tzu from his book Art of Wars: “Supreme generalship lies in winning the war without fighting a battle.” This principle is especially applicable to the war against terrorism and sectarian conflicts.

Our rulers bear the ultimate responsibility for changing the mindset of the people.

Brig (r) Usman Shah

Islamabad

Published in Dawn, September 14th, 2017