State against the state-less

thumb.phpBy Cofounder: Citizen Awareness Program

While the political tug of war perpetuates, and so does the war against the terrorists, there is an unending agony among the sufferers of malnutrition and homeless in the areas of Thar and the war-torn tribal migrators. The astonishing element amidst the grave state of affairs is an emergence of phenomenon, Frankenstein-style monstrous fable becoming reality in the shape of Daesh ISIS in Pakistan, where it has found followers and supporters reinstating the idea that people in this country are instinctively attracted to idea of religiosity above and beyond rationality.
Psychologists say “our desire for meaning and personal significance explains some aspects of terrorist actions” – signifying the weakness of character, mind and soul of the people widely accepting the path of violence in propagation of their beliefs. People who are incapable of competing in areas of nation-building, societal progress and constructive activities tend to find their peace in a cause as primitive as that of a religious extremism, up to the extent where religion itself becomes unparalleled to their relentless fetish towards bloodshed.
Nevertheless, in practice weakness lies not in the herd-mentality of the followers, but those who proclaim to be the caretakers the law-abiding citizens leaving an empty wide space, absence of a system that stands against the psychological onslaught, the butchering of cultural and moral values in the country which are being trashed as redundant or inappropriate. Interestingly, it cannot be blamed entirely on a single entity, conservatives as we say are directly responsible for suppression of cultural activities, whereas, liberals are found pushing their idealism of western-influenced liberalism to the point of break, which could be termed as much provocative as that of religious fundamentalism.
Military in Pakistan has delivered to its sensible capacity, whereas the real problem lies with the power structure, the civil-politico leadership which has failed to deliver to the vacuum that makes it easy for the terror groups to fill in. See again the reason why only the weakest states produce the state-less?
It is the inability to access bare necessities, the deliverance of justice that has made the reach of terrorism all the more easy for the new and rapidly growing terror factions like that of Daesh. Thar and Tribal migrators are the responsibility of not only the state but the civil and political figures that respectively form the foundation of our society and political power structure. If not recovered from the catastrophic befalling they naturally become vulnerable to invitations for a system providing simple solutions and quick remedies to regular problems, accessible justice system and economic upheaval, regardless of the conservative leanings.
As psychologists say: “manipulating cultural annihilation, highlighting common deprivation or demonstrating the discrepancy between the dream and reality” terrorists find their way into the hearts and minds of people living in relatively under-privileged conditions.
Other than the issues mentioned above, the cancer of Daesh could possibly hit Pakistan where it already hurts the most.
sectarian agenda
Deash is particularly known for its sectarian inclinations and while news of its growth in Pakistan is doing the rounds, it is evident that organizations that are found responsible for spread of sectarian violence in the country are appealed to the agenda of Daesh. Keeping in view wall chalking being illustrated on the walls of Karachi and KpK, also considering the amount of wealth owned by the infamous terrorist organization its access to the notorious religious factions like LeJ, LeT, SSP and ASWJ become even more logical and dangerous.

lack of justice, the corruption and the inefficiency of the state
Counter-narratives presented against the system of anarchy and corruption is most times than not easily accepted by the suffering masses. Daesh has targeted just the right place, as Pakistan is facing an all time high inflation, political instability and unending corruption widening the divide between the classes to the point of no return.

financial heft
Wealth owned by Daesh (ISIS) is its most powerful aspect and thus most feared too. It has got hold of oil wells worth trillions in Iraq, which has given the undeniable powerful edge.

propaganda on Facebook and Twitter
In the age of social media, where mobilization through social networking websites has become a common thing, Daesh has introduced social media propagation of its agenda targeting the young Muslims so as to enlarge the circle of its extremist influence.

Hence, social awareness and civic sense is required to be inculcated in order to fight the curse of terrorism. Significance of culture, history and moral sense solely from the perspective of humanity should be made part of the curriculum, as it seems Pakistan’s society would have to fight the war of extremism not only through guns and weapons but through social connectivity and inclusiveness in years to come.

muslims so as to enlarge the circle of its extremist influence.

Hence, social awareness and civic sense is required to be inculcated in order to fight the curse of terrorism. Significance of culture, history and moral sense solely from the perspective of humanity should be made part of the curriculum, as it seems Pakistan’s society would have to fight the war of extremism not only through guns and weapons but through social connectivity and inclusiveness in years to come.

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