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Terrorism

 

Bushra Abrar Shah

Terrorism consists of criminal activity. There is no single definition of terrorism, since it
encompasses a range of activity, all designed to intimidate and instill fear. Having the moral charge in our vocabulary of ‘something morally wrong’, the term ‘terrorism’ is often being used, both by governments and non-state- groups, to abuse or denounce opposite groups. Each act of terrorism is a "performance" devised to affect many large audiences. Terrorists also attack national symbols, to show power and to attempt to shake the foundation of the country or society they are opposed to.

 

Simon Jenkins, The Guardian: The purpose of terrorism is not to destroy or kill. It is to pursue a
political cause through the massive publicity that is attached to terrifying incidents. This explanation
of the causes of terrorism may be difficult to swallow. It sounds too simple, or too theoretical.
Criminal acts intended or calculated to provoke a state of terror in the public, a group of persons or
particular persons for political purposes are in any circumstance unjustifiable, whatever the
considerations of a political, philosophical, ideological, racial, ethnic, religious or any other nature
that may be invoked to justify them.

Besides the injuries and deaths immediately brought about by terrorist attacks, survivors often
suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and major depression,
but it also suffers long-term effects from trauma to financial markets, a rise in spending on security
and defense, and the impact on supply chains of enhanced security at land, sea and air border
crossings.
Terrorism history of Pakistan had started in the decade of 1970 when the Soviet Union invaded in
Afghanistan with the intent of this to get control over the hot water and expand his communist
ideology, at that time Soviet Union not only wanted to capture the Afghanistan but also capture the
Gulf countries which have oil rich resources.

Pakistan is the country that was established in the name of Islam, but now innocent people are
being killed in Pakistan. There are many terrorists organizations in Pakistan that are involved in
terrorism. Many people killed are being killed in these terrorism activities in the name of religion.
People are fed up with this everyday situation and not a single person is safe in our country. At present
the gravest problem that Pakistan is facing is terrorism. It has become a headache for federation and a
nightmare for public. Though, it is a global issue but Pakistan has to bear the brunt of it.
Undoubtedly, in our country, the victims of terror attacks and suicide bombings have been innocent
men, women and children. Regrettably, those militant entities like TTP, which try to justify terrorism
and suicide bombings in the name of Islam, are misguiding the people, while these brutal acts are
clearly against the teachings of Islam. There are many terrorists attack Pakistan has faced yet ,as
most attacks occur in KPK,Sindh and Balochistan .

The attack occurred at the Army Public School in the Pakistani city of Peshawar, killed a total of
145 people which included 132 school children and 10 staff school members. The attack prompted a
massive response both on local and international level. Pakistani reaction included both strong
condemnations and promises of retaliation against the perpetrators. International reaction was swift
and widespread, with many countries condemning the attack and expressing their condolences to
the victims.

On 12 August 2017, a suicide bombing took place near a Pakistan army truck
in Quetta, Balochistan, Pakistan, leaving 15 people dead including 8 soldiers, while injuring 40
others. A suicide bomber riding on a explosives-rigged motorcycle blew himself up near an on-
duty Pakistan army patrol truck which was passing through Pishin bus stop on the Khojak
Road, Quetta in Pakistan’s southwestern province Balochistan. [4] Since the suicide
vest contained incendiary explosives, several nearby vehicles caught fire. The explosion was so loud
that it was heard all across the city and windowpanes of nearby buildings were shattered by the
impact of the blasts. According to the Director-General Civil Defense Aslam Tareen, the explosives
were packed with ball bearings to inflict maximum casualties. At least 15 people including 8 Pakistan
army soldiers were killed while 40 others were injured in the attack.

However all attempts of bringing the militants on table seemed to fail while terrorists attacks
continued.  In late 2013 therefore the political leadership in Pakistan gave a green signal to a military
operation against terrorists which was named Operation Zarb-e-Azb. Operation Zarb-e- Azb is a joint
military offensive being conducted by Pakistan Armed Forces against various militant groups,
including the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, Jundallah, al-Qaeda, the East
Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM), the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) and the Haqqani
network. [citation needed]  The operation was launched by the Pakistan Armed Forces on 15 June 2014. The
operation has received widespread support from the Pakistani political, defense and civilian sectors.
Operation Radd-ul- Fasaad (Urdu: آپریشن رد الفساد‎) is a codename of a combined efforts by
the Pakistani military in support of local law enforcement agencies to deweaponized and eliminate
the hidden terrorist sleeper cells across the country on 22 February 2017. The operation is aimed at
eliminating the threat of terrorism.  The operation will see active participation from Pakistan Air
Force, Pakistan Navy, Pakistan Police and other Civil Armed Forces managed under the Ministry of
Interior. InshAllah our country will be terrorists free very soon.

Pakistan Zindabad

Writer teaches at Garrison Academy Junior Sarwar Shaheed Campus. she can be reached at Komalia.shah6@gmail.com

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