Revisiting National Action Plan in the light of Bacha Khan Tragedy

I Begin With The Name Of Allah, The Compassionate, The Merciful.


Today, a horrific attack on Bacha Khan University took place in Charsadda, which brought back gruesome memories of the attack on Army Public School, Peshawar. This beastly act of terrorists resulted in the loss of 15 precious lives. May Allah give the Martyrs the best place in Heaven and give us and their loved ones the courage to bear their immense and irreplaceable loss.

This grisly and frightful incident raises some questions on the behavior of ALL of our political parties towards NAP (National Action Plan). Not only the  attitude of our leaders is lousy, rotten, contemptible and outrageous, its outright criminal and swinish to say the least. In the 20 points of NAP which were agreed upon, only 1 has been fulfilled; i.e, Execution of convicted terrorists. Other 19 are waiting to be implemented. The reason is plain simple and as obvious as a day light. The majority members of status quo in Pakistan have direct links to banned outfits. Hence its not an open secret that they’re vehemently and impulsively against formation of Military courts.

Failure of the ruling party, Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz on federal level is the major reason why National Action Plan is not in full effect. Article 245 of the Constitution  should’ve been invoked at the beginning of Operation Zarb e Azb in 2014. The Sub Clause (1) explicitly says:
“The Armed Forces shall, under the directions of the Federal Government, defend Pakistan against external aggression or threat of war, and, subject to law, act in aid of civil power when called upon to do so,”.
It further states in Sub Clause 2:
“The validity of any direction issued by the Federal Government under clause (1) shall not be called in question in any Court.”
I am of the opinion that Chief of Army Staff, General Raheel Sharif should’ve quietly enforced the implementation of Article 245 on top of National Action Plan and then start the operation from Islamabad, where Lal Masjid and Jamia Hafsa are located. This is a place where  a lethal combination of hate speech and religious extremism was created for the country. The arrest and sentencing of Molvi Abdul Aziz and his terrorist thugs through Military Courts not only would’ve sent a strong message to all the banned outfits but also help restore the confidence of citizens on the dismembered and crippled justice system. From there, progression towards other felonious organizations would’ve lead the Army to an unending trail of money and eventually their financiers.

Using the garb of democracy, some parties used constitution and power to get exemption from prosecution. Recent case of passing of the Criminal Prosecution Service Bill in Sindh Assembly (which enables the provincial government to withdraw any subjudice case against any politician) is the biggest proof that the status quo is against every measure that makes them accountable for their actions. This atrocious stunt is obvious that Sindh Government wants to lock its horns with GHQ. Since PPP claims to abide by the constitution, their preposterous act triggers Article 6 of the constitution.

In Khyber Pakhtunkha, Chief Minister, Pervez Khattak should’ve asked General Raheel Sharif to conduct sting operations in different parts of the province, as an extension of significant breakthroughs made in Waziristan and Federally Administered Tribal Areas. This would’ve earned praise among Pakistanis, especially the citizens of KP, who have paid the highest price in the war on terror. But Waziristan and FATA, both fell victims to bureaucracy as federation and province failed to determine their authority and jurisdictions on the areas. It wont be wrong to say that KP government shares the blame for security lapses resulting in APS tragedy in 2014 and now Bacha Khan University incident.

The question we should all ask is whats next. Should things remain the way they are or should change for better? The likely response will be in the favor of latter. We must revisit the National Action Plan. The Army should not wait for the government as its actions are already causing unnecessary delays. Following the footsteps of Operation Zarb e Azb which was started without the approval of federation, the same should be done to active and strengthen National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA). The consent of politicians is not needed anymore as the nation has finally understood that its alleged elected leaders aren’t in a position to do anything other than filling their own bank accounts. Despite repeat reminders of improving governance by the military, politicians are active in doing otherwise. First criteria of improving governance is better law and order alongside speedy justice. Fast track to improvement of judiciary will be the formation of mobile courts on district levels. Hate speech should be curbed by  introducing new curriculum. Scholars from all walks of life should get together and point out individuals and places that spew hatred which in return defame and divide us. Minorities should be given the utmost protection as they’ve been persecuted for the longest. Safeguarding their places of worship will ensure their integration in the society. They must be engaged in bringing peace and harmony in our nation.

Media must play an important role in recognizing deeply rooted and chronic issues. Instead of pointing out the problems with endless looping of images with loud and bothersome music, bring people of knowledge to sort out them out and disentangle the quandaries. Introduce people with special needs in the media as they deserve to be heard too. They also have solutions to the problems of society. We must admit that that they’ve been overlooked and ignored for the longest. By accommodating them we can move ahead as a society.

It has to be understood that Karachi Operation is an integral and inseparable part of Operation Zarb e Azb. Its an undisputed fact that political parties like Pakistan Peoples Party and Mutahida Qaomi Movement are trying their best to hide behind the constitution or by clinging to power to claim and secure immunity. This has to come to an end. Speeding up the trial of Dr Asim Hussain will facilitate in cutting the red tape of bureaucracy. Else the hopes of people will start fading. All the efforts by the Military will wither beyond imagination.

Pakistan Army will have to come up with a strict policy to deal with Afghanistan. President Ashraf Ghani, Chief executive Abdullah Abdullah, National Directorate of Security and all the warring factions should be brought together to come up with a solution that brings peace in the country. Unless achieved, all of Asia will be in a continuous and uninterrupted turmoil with no end in sight. An emergency meeting of Organization of Islamic Cooperation should be called to arrange a peace keeping force from all Muslim countries. Ensuring safety and long lasting peace paired with reconstruction efforts will pave the way for dignified repatriation of refugees to their homeland.

The above mentioned things will have to be done in little to no time. Conclusive and irrevocable decisions will help us deal with ever changing global geo politics. Else skating on thin ice will be a catalyst to our downfall.


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P.S. Someone kindly tell Ministry of Interior that NACTA’s website is still under construction since January 2015. Its been seeking attention for a year already. Thanks.


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