Security Briefing Paper On Pakistan

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Security briefing paper on Pakistan
Introduction:
Having lost the last vestiges of its secular inspiration in the bloody marshes of Bangladesh in 1971, the country the world knows as Pakistan is at present under siege from a motley armada of militant groups, trying to establish an Islamist utopia . The situation is made worse by the schizophrenic state of the country’s counter-terrorism approach, with differential treatments meted out to Afghan Taliban and Laskhkar-e- Taiba ( groups destabilizing India and Afghanistan) on the one hand, and Lashkar-e Jhangvi and Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) on the other . Spill-over effects of the Shi’a-Sunni fratricide in the nearby Middle east, coupled with widespread poverty, rampant crime, and limited access to education poses a severe security challenge for the authorities in Pakistan.

Political instability:
When Tehrik-e-Taliban massacred 150 school children in Peshawar in December 2014 , the country’s political leaders were roused from their inertia to do something about the genie of Islamist terror. Taking a backseat, the government allowed the army to run the show in policymaking for a while. Subsequent operations against TTP in the tribal belt of North Waziristan and a smorgasbord of militias and gangs in Karachi yielded some result, the durability of which remains in doubt.
Jamaat-Ur-Ahraar, a TTP splinter organisation, detonated bombs at a public park in Lahore on Easter day, 2016, claiming the lives of 70 . The ruling…

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