There are clear indications that militants are once again stepping up attacks in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s swat area. During a terrorist attack, a peace committee member and his police guards were among eight people who lost their lives in a “remote controlled” blast in Swat’s Bara Bandai area. Off late, reports are pouring in about an increase of infiltration by the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) after the expiry of a ceasefire agreement with the security agencies.
Though successive military operations have caused a considerable reduction in terrorist activities and controlled militancy to some extent, yet it does not mean that all terrorists have been wiped out and militancy has been completely eliminated. Rather, they have started carrying out scattered attacks in border areas in a bid to check response capability of the Pak army. It is a pattern of militancy all over the world that militants remain hidden and strike whenever they find an opportunity. This new developing trend of terror has put a question mark on the working of the security agencies. The government need not be complacent as we are still facing a war-like situation because of terrorism. The only methodology to nip terror in the bud is pre-emptive strikes. The security agencies need to make coordinated efforts at all levels to eliminate this latest scourge of terrorism. Although it is not possible to guard every place, yet our forces need to be extra vigilant to thwart any act of terror. In order to pre-empt terrorist activities, coordinated efforts are needed among all concerned departments and ministries. There is a need for a centralised system to coordinate and implement plans to curb militancy all over the country. The federal and provincial governments are working autonomously to deter terrorist activities. But a forum must be established at the Centre to supervise and monitor all operations against terrorists. Unless there are coordinated efforts and data sharing, the war against terrorism cannot succeed. An organistion at the federal level must be activated with all necessary resources to coordinate all efforts against terrorism.
Unless we unite against the menace of terror, there will be no end to such activities and the country will continue to mourn the deaths of its brave sons. It is high time that the federal government should intervene and bring the concerned departments and security agencies together against all terrorist groups. A more vibrant centralised force is needed to clamp down on the safe havens of the terrorists along border areas near Afghanistan from where most of the militants infiltrate. We are fighting against terrorism and we need to keep fighting until the last terrorist is eliminated.