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Shiffa Yousafzai |

Almost hundred innocent men, women and children are feared dead in the latest attack at Lal Shahbaz Qalandar Shrine in Sehwan Sharif, Sindh. Given the large number of injured and poor medical facilities in the region, death toll is expected to rise.

But this tragedy is not new. Pakistan has been subjected to hundreds of terrorist attacks in the past ten years plus. Ironically the recent spate of attacks are all being claimed by groups that are based in Afghanistan and Afghanistan is a country practically under US influence if not an outright occupation but neither the US nor the world is prepared to notice this anomaly.

One does not need rocket science to see that if all those groups opening claiming responsibility for terror attacks inside Pakistan are enjoying sanctuaries in Afghanistan, if Afghan intelligence NDS has a deep relationship with Indian counterparts, like RAW, then the Afghan government and the US, the occupying power can not be oblivious to what is happening.

However, if the World does not take notice of its anomalies, Pakistanis have no strategy, no clear thinking either to deal with terrorism. After this new wave of terror has hit the country no one exactly knows who to blame for the blasts in Quetta, Peshawar, Sehwan, Lahore and what to do. I was changing TV channels and monitoring twitter for some glimmer of hope and watched important Pakistanis react with their statements. And it was not very heartening.

Although ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack on the shrine last night but Chaudhry Nisar, Pakistan’s Interior Minister has claimed several times and on several occasions that ISIS is primarily based in the Middle East and has categorically denied its presence in Pakistan. Although he was not seen or heard anywhere last night after the Sehwan Sharif blasts, no statement came out from him – at least I could not find one till I am writing these lines.

 

Prominent and respected TV Anchor, Nadeem Malik faithfully reproduced DG ISPR’s tweet, affirming the popular belief that Pakistan Army can do something.

 

PM of Pakistan, who as Chief Executive of the country, is supposed to take concrete steps to defend his people hardly sounded reassuring to all those who are now worried for their safety. His statement continuously flashing on tv was like this:

“The past few days have been hard, and my heart is with the victims,” Prime Minister of Pakistan, Mian Nawaz Sharif

Imran Khan, Nawaz Sharif’s main opponent, who has taken Sharif family on charges of corruption, after the Panama leaks demanded completed implementation of National Action Plan.

 


While most commentators directly blamed India and Afghanistan, there were some like prominent columnist and tv host, Rauf Klara who displeased many by asking this:

 

Pakistan Army as if reacting to pointed questions from Rauf Klara ordered closing of the border with Afghanistan.

 

Afghan Chief Executive, partner of President Asharf Ghani, in power sharing National Unity Government, Dr. Abdullah condemned the the attack in his tweet:

 

Afghan Embassy officials were however called in GHQ and were  provided with a list of 76 terrorists hiding in Afghanistan and  Afghan officials were asked to hand those terrorists over to Pakistan.

None of these contradictions are so small as to be ignored by the international media, but no major western publication highlights these connections. Pakistan appears isolated on this issue – while its citizens die and those who survive life in mortal fear. Many parents in Islamabad did not send their children to school on Friday.

However few in Pakistan expect that Afghan government will oblige. One does not need rocket science to see that if all those groups opening claiming responsibility for terror attacks inside Pakistan are enjoying sanctuaries in Afghanistan, if Afghan intelligence NDS has a deep relationship with Indian counterparts, like RAW, then the Afghan government and the US, the occupying power can not be oblivious to what is happening. If still they are remain silent or profess inability then the issue is deep and complex. None of these facts are so small as to be ignored by the international media, but no major western publication highlights these connections. Pakistan appears isolated on this issue – while its citizens die and those who survive life in mortal fear. Many parents in Islamabad did not send their children to school on Friday.

Some journalists, like former MD of Pakistan TV (Ptv) were more worried that media must not show images from the blast site because it serves the purpose behind terrorism. Mohd Malik had a point, since its clear that terrorists and the forces behind them do their acts and stage events on ground to multiply effect through media.

Actor Humayun Saeed was trying to sound brave. He opined that enemies of Pakistan will not succeed. What exactly is that they are still not being successful in, only Humayun Saeed can explain.

 


Shiffa Yousafzai is a free lance journalist; she just completed her Masters in Multi-media journalism from Manchester Metropolitan University.Twitter: Shiffa_ZY

"Shiffa Yousafzai is a freelance writer; She is an International Alumni Ambassador for Manchester Metropolitan University, UK, where she studied Multimedia Journalism. Earlier she graduated with business and marketing at Air University, Islamabad. She had been vice-president Air University Cultural Society; She is a singer and has performed in cultural events. Shiffa could be followed on twitter @Shiffa_ZY and on facebook @Shiffa Z. Yousafzai."

4 COMMENTS

  1. Sad how you decipher Humayun Saeed’s message even though I am no fan of him. He clearly mentions that enemies of Pakistan want to destabilize Pakistan and hence this is what they won’t succeed in. Laughs on you…

  2. A sure cause for concern; and well expressed to Shiffa. Hollow statements float around in plenty. Some relief on finding ‘walking the talk’ by armed forces in targeting Hizbul Tereer camps close to the border; also closing borders with Afghanistan. Ironically Afghan ambassador had to be summoned to GHQ for a demarche; foreign office/ civil Govt capacity at full display.

  3. Ppl of Pakistan need to be told why Pakistani govt is failing to make a case against India who has blatantly admitted being behind these attacks

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