Recently the incidents of terrorism have risen sharply in Pakistan and the situation has turned into an alarming stage. Terrorism has caused a slowdown in economic activities and a panic-like situation in society.

Although the menace of Terrorism is a global phenomenon and many countries are facing it with various intensities. No single country is capable to eliminate it absolutely. It requires collective efforts from the international community and strong legislation and coordinated efforts are required by all countries. Recently the incidents of terrorism have risen sharply in Pakistan and the situation has turned into an alarming stage. Terrorism has caused a slowdown in economic activities and a panic-like situation in society.

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Understanding the matter better

The 40th meeting of the National Security Committee (NSC) was concluded today under the chairmanship of the Prime Minister of Pakistan Mr. Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif. The meeting was attended by relevant Federal Cabinet members, the Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, all Services Chiefs, and heads of intelligence services.

The forum underscored that comprehensive ‘National Security’ revolves around economic security and that sovereignty or dignity comes under stress without self-sufficiency and economic independence.

The forum undertook a comprehensive view of the ongoing economic situation vis-à-vis challenges being faced by the common people of Pakistan, particularly the lower and middle-income classes. The finance minister briefed the forum about the economic stability roadmap of the government including the status of discussions with international financial institutions, exploring other financial avenues based on mutual interests as well as relief measures for common people. In order to strengthen the economy, the committee agreed on undertaking concrete steps including import rationalization as well as preventing illegal currency outflows and hawala business. Emphasis will be specially made to improve agricultural output and the manufacturing sector to ensure food security, import substitution, and employment. It was resolved that people-centric economic policies with trickle-down effects on common people will remain a priority. It was also agreed to involve all stakeholders for consensus to realize effective and fast-track economic recovery and road map.

While taking into account the efforts for mitigating the challenges of 33 Million flood affectees, the forum resolved to mobilize all resources for their rehabilitation and reconstruction in coordination with the Provincial Governments and multilateral financial institutions. Forum also appreciated the ongoing relief efforts led by the Prime Minister and federating units.

The committee was also apprised of the security situation of the country with a particular focus on recent terrorist incidents in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan. The Prime Minister emphasized that the war against terrorism will be led by federal and provincial governments as per National Action Plan in accordance with National Internal Security Policy with people-centric socio-economic development as a priority while Armed Forces will provide resolute deterrence and secure conducive and enabling environment. Provincial Apex Committees are being revived in full earnest and LEAs especially CTDs will be brought up to the required fighting standards with requisite capabilities. The forum concluded that no country will be allowed to provide sanctuaries and facilitation to terrorists and Pakistan reserves all rights in that respect to safeguarding her people.

NSC reiterated its resolve to have zero tolerance for terrorism in Pakistan and reaffirmed its determination to take on any and all entities that resort to violence. This will be dealt with full force of the state. Pakistan’s security is uncompromisable and the full writ of the state will be maintained on every inch of Pakistan’s territory.

The meeting of the National Security Committee (NSC) under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif will be held again today (Monday) during which important decisions about national security and the economy are expected.

Again, the NSC meeting will be held this week, at the Prime Minister’s House, and it is expected that significant decisions will be made regarding the proposals that were discussed during the previous NSC meeting on Friday. The meeting will be attended by top civil and military officials.

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According to sources, the National Security Committee will approve clear guidelines on the country s economy and security and will chalk out a stern policy amid terror resurgence. Sources further said that the meeting will endorse forceful actions against terrorists. The meeting will also present a new operation plan for the elimination of terrorists.

The way forward

It is to be emphasized that the growing cases of terrorism are worrisome and the whole nation is concerned. The root cause of terrorism is economic instability and political chaos. The Enemies of Pakistan identifies the disgruntled individual and cultivate them to be used for terrorism. In Pakistan, due to political chaos, there are many individuals who are disgruntled, and trapped by adversaries. Nepotism, lack of merit in jobs, and social injustice have created disgruntled individuals. Another category of individuals is destitute Pakistanis, who cannot meet the basic necessities of life through lawful means, and are often exploited by enemies of Pakistan for acts of terrorism.

Yet another category of people used in terrorism is even more dangerous, they might be filthy rich, but greedy and corrupt. They might be enjoying senior positions in the Government, but due to unlimited greed, they compromised national interests over individual gains. They are really dangerous as they are in a position to harm the country on a much bigger magnitude.

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It is urged that the ruling elite must keep houses in order and address domestic issues first. At least, merit and justice must be practiced on priority. Jobs must be provided on merit, eliminating nepotism absolutely. Incompetent, greedy, and corrupt officials must be removed from service. Accountability of all individuals must be maintained. Economic activities must be promoted immediately. Enabling environments and conducive policies must be formulated for youth to engage in nation-building and development. Political and economic stability is key to addressing the menace of terrorism. Through general elections, consensus must be built on the unity, development, and prosperity of the entire nation, not limited to the ruling elite or blue-eyed individuals.

Deep reforms are required and policy measures are required to address the key issues and challenges faced by the country. After keeping the house in order, we may address regional issues and cross-border terrorism, etc. Dialogue and negotiations are the way forward. Political solutions are sustainable and long-lasting. Excessive use of force is sometimes counterproductive. The typical examples of Israel and Indian atrocities in Kashmir are not successful stories and are rather counterproductive.

Scholars, intellectuals, and visionary individuals can contribute a lot. The country is not lacking the right persons, but, needs to identify them and utilize them. Media is a vital pillar in this regard to build a narrative and project the right perspective. The public is ready, and capable if the ruling elite provides space.

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  1. Excellent analysis from the pov of finding creative ways of addressing terrorism.

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      Thank you. Hope policy maker may take the right measures.

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