After the gory incident of terrorism in Karachi in which some 50 innocents were murdered in broad day light, state pledged once again to eliminate terrorism from country at all any cost.
Prior to any investigation Chief Minister came up with the information that foreign militants were involved in the infamous incident. It is a dilemma that politicians say whatever they can to cool down the situation either based on reality or not. In reality our country has an extremism problem. But the state appears to be either in denial of Pakistan’s extremism problem or afraid of its true dimensions.
After each terrorist incident, we respond in the same manner almost. Simply eliminating armed militants will lead to little long-term success when there is still in existence a vast network of extremism busily indoctrinating the next generation of jihadis.
If we put a visionary glance on the incident, some crunch questions arise. Firstly, was the incident a part of a plan to damage our foreign relations, particularly with China. Recently Pakistan and China have signed multi billion dollar agreements under China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPNE). China is going to invest in many fields, especially in Gawadar port which would become hub of regional trade. Many eye-brows were raised in India over this project and India pledged to Iran to invest in Chabhar port. If the matter remains to economic competition it’s healthy but if not than we need to unveil threat perceptions.
Secondly, terrorist incident had direct impact on the tour of Zimbabwe to Pakistan. Administration of visiting team has started raising questions on the security and crucial tour is looming in if’s and but’s. It is the time we need to look at the incident from a bigger perspective because such gory incidents leave a highly negative impact on foreign policy of the country.