Another SyIrAf?

  Pakistan, a country that is home to 200 million inhabitants, a largely male dominant society with more than 60% of the population in the youth group and 97% people believing in Islam, recently witnessed diplomatic troubles with the world when the US led drone strike killed the Afghan Taliban war-chief Mullah Akhtar Mansour in the city of Noshki, Balochistan province of Pakistan. With most of the world pointing fingers at the Pakistani authorities for its stance on terrorism that, sometimes, appear controversial, much is still to be unearthed as to who is actually protecting the Taliban. While critics all over the world have pointed out on the lack of adequate action by the Pakistani Government against the Taliban which has sparked debate elsewhere, it is pertinent to mention here that most of the critics do not understand the regional dynamics and geo-political situation of Pakistan in the World.

  With the elimination of Mullah Akhtar Mansour, the already uncertain prospects for peace in war-torn Afghanistan have become murkier! There is a growing speculation accompanied with an incremental fear that this may be a part of a bigger game by the world powers to bring the war inside Pakistan. While the Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) namely Pakistan, Afghanistan, USA and China have their own proposals regarding tackling the menace of terrorism and the issue of striking a peace accord in Afghanistan, the scenario is in a pit. What the world fails to understand here is that out of the 61 banned outfits directly or indirectly waging war with the Pakistani Government, most of them took their training and inspiration from the Cold-War era Afghan Jihad tenure. Pakistan, in this war on terror has lost more than 50000 people and incurred losses worth more than 200 Billion US Dollars. The overall aid that came to Pakistan was nearly 20 Billion US Dollars, much of which came with tough conditions.

  The US that came in Afghanistan with a superior air power and a 150,000 strong army could not win the war, how a mere 6000-7000 of their remaining forces now can? If such a situation prevails, all the terrorist factions can easily unite with each other and create a situation like that of SyIrAf (Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan) where the countries became battlegrounds. Pakistan has much to worry about. Instead of blaming Pakistan, constructive efforts should be made GLOBALLY to end this menace of terrorism. Instead of snubbing PAKISTAN, it is important for the world leaders to sit together and work for a relief plan!


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