Security Briefing Paper On Pakistan
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.
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…