Pakistan turns tables on terrorists
Pakistan has finally turned the tables on terrorists after losing thousands of lives in its war against local and foreign terrorists.
Islamabad’s security problems may be far from over, but according to a foreign magazine “something extraordinary and unexpected has certainly happened” in Pakistan, with violence dropping by three quarters in the last two years.
According to a report titled Pakistan is winning its war on terror published in The Spectator, Pakistan is much safer than at any point since US invasion of Afghanistan in 2001.
The magazine, however, gives the credit for this extra ordinary achievement by the nuclear armed nation to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
According to to the report it all began when Sharif decided to put an end to political tolerance of violence by giving Rangers “unlimited powers’ during a cabinet meeting in Karachi in September 2013.
Six months later, the report claimed, Sharif decided to send army into North Waziristan as part of country’s war against militancy.
The military offensive in North Waziristan, however, was launched after a spectacular militant attack at Karachi’s Jinnah Inter-National Airport in June 2014, at least nine months after the cabinet meeting in Karachi.
It said Nawaz Sharif initially wanted to bring the Taliban militants to negotiating table but eventually yielded to advice from generals to send army into North Waziristan, the hot bed of militancy near Afghan border.
Karachi operation, military offensive in North Waziristan, National Action Plan, an end to moratorium on capital punishment and establishment of military courts were the factors that led to decease in violence across the country, according to the report.