For most parts of the world, terrorism is the worst evil, and an assault on humanity. Among many other countries, Pakistan has been reeling under violent acts of terror for more than a decade now.
But whenever terror strikes on the soil of Pakistan, the finger always rises towards the American CIA or the India RAW. That’s the way Pakistan copes with shocks: by shifting the blame on to somebody else.
Irrespective of the statements made by Pakistani leaders during terror strikes, the country firmly believes in the concept of good Taliban and bad Taliban. The common view is that while ‘good’ terrorists are the Jamaat-ud-Dawa, and the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) who operate in Kashmir, the bad terrorist comprises of Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and its ilk that are raised by RAW.
The reason is simple: Pakistan’s intelligence unit ISI raised these militants to fight their war and spread terror. But when some of these home-grown monsters grew big and turned against their masters, they disowned them and called them the illegal army raised by India’s RAW.
Ironically, Pakistan believes that RAW governs all anti-state terror outfits within the country. It makes India responsible for all terror acts, right from the dastardly Peshawar Army school attack that left over 141 children dead, to the attack on Bacha Khan University in January this year.
It didn’t matter that TTP had claimed responsibility for the Army school attack, describing it as revenge for Operation Zarb-e-Azb, the Pakistani military’s offensive in North Waziristan.
TTP is a coalition of factions of Islamic militants that want to bring rigorous religious rule, similar to regimes in Afghanistan that was established in the 1990s. The existence of the TTP was officially announced in December 2007. Less than a year later, on 25 August 2008, Pakistan banned the group, froze its bank accounts and assets, and barred it from media appearances. The TTP is united by hostility towards the government in Islamabad.
Pakistani authorities react to TTP’s threat with military force and repression. Little or nothing has been done to solve the problem that has roots in economic and political marginalisation of the frontier zones, the practice of mass of weaponry in border zones and the subsequent rise of intolerant conservative religious doctrine over the decades.
Instead, it raises finger towards India for propagating hatred. Blatant lies are not going to solve Pakistan’s militant issues, and the authorities on the other side of the border should understand that.