The statement of Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif regarding gains against terrorism portrays positive picture about the elimination of terrorism from the country. Undoubtedly, the army has made considerable gains in operations against terrorists and it has dismantled a large number of networks of militants. Operation Zarb-e-Azb and forming National Action Plan resulted in steep decline in the terrorist activities. There is no doubt that after successful military operations against militants, terrorism incidents have decreased manifold. But it is also a harsh reality that although intensity of terrorist activities has decreased but country is not completely free from scourge of terrorism. In last few months’ only provincial capital of largest province of the country, Quetta has been targeted couple of times by terrorists which resulted in many deaths, which means Pakistan is still very much in a state of war. After facing defeats in military operations, terrorists are on the run and they are making occasional attacks on soft targets, usually vulnerable points in cities and towns. It seems underground militants’ still hold capacity to plan and target masses. In such a scenario, security agencies need to pre-empt terrorist attacks. Intelligence-based police operations are required for this purpose, along with solid cooperation among the intelligence agencies is critical. It is understood that menace of terrorism can’t be eliminated in days, but ongoing operations against militancy must be supported at all levels. At the same time, more active involvement of the civilian government is also necessary. The federal and provincial governments should wake up to the threat of urban terrorism and and take appropriate measures.
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