Time To Bring Mullah On Board

The horrific tragedy in Lahore has done little to either bring the country together. There is the usual condemnation; people voice their anger, especially if they are in front of the camera or talking to a reporter. The talking heads on television channels repeat the same mantra – India with the help of Israel and America wants to destabilize Pakistan because of its nuclear capabilities, etc. In other words, nothing new in analyzing the causes and no effort to actually examine internal facts that might be a cause of suicide bombings or terrorists acts in the country.

I have believed it for a while that unless people of Pakistan take a good hard and realistic look at themselves, they will never understand their standing in the world today. They would also fail to understand that yes, there is always the possibility of external involvement, but we can’t shift the entire blame to a “foreign hidden hand” every time we are attacked. There should be a process of self examination. 

Democratic environment, coupled with freedom of speech might help Pakistan become the kind of society that overcomes hardships, and where citizens make the ultimate decision about their lives and the future of their country. Otherwise, in a closed and fearful atmosphere, Pakistan will always find itself at war with Taliban like forces determined to destroy humanity.  But the nation has to decide about its future course very quickly.

 The time is about to run out as for as changing the trajectory is concerned.

 It is also time to reexamine the role of mullah in our society. If the country is really interested in giving the powers that he enjoys today, the nation will have to equip the mullah with contemporary knowledge so that he can balance life and the demands of today’s busy life style.  Right now, all mullah does is voice anger over how people are living their lives, and on every occasion, he chastises those who are unable to live up the standard of daily life set by the mullah. This creates frustration on both sides. We need to fight common ground so that the terrorists are unable to find safe heavens or people in agreement with their hateful ideology. Like everything else, this is not going to be easy, but, it is time to explore this option.

The fight against terror will only be won if mullah is on board.

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8 responses to “Time To Bring Mullah On Board

  1. I doubt that terrorism can be rooted out of this country in next few years. Government might be able to reduce attacks but can’t end them in near future. A large percentage of people will blame government first before blaming these terrorists. Rest will point finger to USA, Israel or India. They might have a small part in few bombings but most of the attacks are by muslims who have support of their religious leaders. Religion is a very powerful tool and when in hands of uneducated people who still think like centuries old men, it can be extremely dangerous as has been proven in Afghanistan and Pakistan. As long as people are uneducated and living few centuries behind rest of the world terrorism can’t be stopped.

  2. I think the people of Pakistan should realize that destabilizing Pakistan can cause serious problems to India, and that we Indians know it. Bad blood between mainstream India and Pakistan can only benefit the terrorists. If the Pakistanis think that the Islamic extremists are for Islam, please administer a test in Islam to some of them, and they would miserably fail. These are the descendants of the ame hordes who under the guise of Islam plundered the land that is Pakistan today.

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  4. I think Pakistan should realize that terrorism can not be the solution of any problem.It spoils the society of the country .

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    Arvind, Thanks for your straight to the point comments. A un-stable Pakistan is not good for any of it’s neighbours. Just a sad thought comes to mind ‘ Dictator General Zia’s boys live on and wreak havoc on every body’. We are just busy blaming every body else.

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