The first public response from the government against the rising militancy comes from Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, who says Pakistan should review its internal security policies and decisions in light of the increasing number of terrorist incidents. This comes a day after the killing of six police officers in Lakki Marwat. At a press conference, he said that the populations of South Waziristan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa had always fought for peace and opposed terrorism. Residents of Swat and South Waziristan recently marched against the militants’ escalating activity in the region. However, militants are creating new paths: Six employees who were on their way to provide security at a monthly cattle market in Lakki Marwat were slain by attackers. Two soldiers died on the same day in a gunfight with insurgents in the Bajaur district close to the Pakistan-Afghanistan border. Mr. Bhutto-Zardari, who has always spoken out against militancy, attacked “strategic depth,” claiming that the term’s popularity in our region’s foreign policy in recent decades has hurt us. He claimed that as soon as the Afghan Taliban grabbed control of Kabul, militant assaults in Pakistan increased. He was referring to the change of guard in Kabul. Law enforcement organizations have undoubtedly had some success in counterterrorism operations, but recent months have made it very clear that terrorists are on the offensive. They have the right to protest if they believe rightly or wrongly-that terrorists are returning. To maintain peace, the rule of law, and the state’s writ is our duty as the government and the state.
When it comes to dealing with the Taliban, the administration is unsure. It is never certain if the Taliban should be taken to negotiations or fought. An uncoordinated security strategy is detrimental to everyone when coupled with the domestic difficulties we face. Without a doubt, the KP police are on the front lines of the Lakki Marwat event, and while they are considered to be suitably well-equipped, they are still at a disadvantage in several areas. For starters, there are information deficiencies that need to be filled by improving communication between both the police and security forces. Policemen were targeted by the TTP in September as well, but the revival of militancy was unable to dominate the national conversation. The most urgent problem of the day is being discussed by Mr. Bhutto-Zardari, and everyone should pay attention to him.