Growing violence


Extremism, terrorism, violence and uncertainty have been on the rise for the past several years and that has made the common man sleepless. So far, thousands of people have been killed and injured. Infrastructure and properties worth billions of rupees have been destroyed. It has also caused the worst kind of economic disorder. Poverty and unemployment are increasing day by day.
The situation has been worsening since the 9/11 tragedy when Pervez Musharraf was in power. Since 9/11, the situation in both Pakistan and Afghanistan has come to a head and their security situation is in shambles. At that time, no one amongst the rulers had made an attempt to block the US and tell the Americans that this war could affect them. The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Minister, Mian Iftikhar Hussain, believes that the existing crises and violence are due to “confrontation” amongst interests of the global forces. He stressed mutual understanding amongst the global forces who are engaged in a proxy war in this particular region. This statement and the fact that global powers have a role in creating and exacerbating the situation aside, no one can ignore the negligence and failure of the government. This situation may not be exclusively of their making, but they have utterly failed to control it.
For the past several years, almost all development and productive activities have been on a virtual halt and it has led to the arising of an almost civil war like situation in the country. In fact, the involvement of external forces has polluted the internal situation. It is high time to initiate efforts for an end to such external involvement and foreign dictation. The external forces having their own interests and strategies and are bent upon fuelling of crises and hostilities for meeting their own ends. Involvement of external forces and dictation has put the very interests of the country at stake. We must learn to prioritise our national interests and deal with this security situation on an emergency basis. -Daily Khabroona
–Translated from the original Pashto by Shamim Shahid