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EditorialTerrorism and economy 

Terrorism and economy 

The National Security Committee’s (NSC’s) announcement, carrying harsh words merits the attention of the nation about the lurking danger of terrorism. The NSC reiterated its intention to wholly crush terrorist organisations operating inside the nation and asked Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers that they deny safe haven to Pakistani terrorist groups on its soil. It said: “Pakistan’s security is uncompromisable and the entire writ of the state would be maintained on every inch of the (sic) Pakistan’s territory.” In addition to terrorism, the NSC also reviewed political unrest, economic decline, inflation, unemployment, business slowdown, corruption, depreciation of the rupee, fall in remittances, an insufficient supply of energy relative to demand, rising foreign debt, trade deficits, and other issues. At the Corps Commanders’ Conference, the army commander also identified the economic crisis and terrorism as the nation’s two major issues and emphasised the importance of finding solutions.

Specifically, the high-level summit has set clear instructions on the nation’s economy and security conditions as well as forceful counterterrorism measures. The main factor contributing to the economy of the nation’s continued deterioration is the load of foreign debt, but it is also true that without assistance from the IMF and other financial institutions, the economic situation cannot be improved. In addition to other issues, the recent rains and severe floods are estimated to have cost $35 billion, for which the government is enlisting the aid of international organisations. Although there are currently no indications of an economic recovery in the near term, it is anticipated that the situation will gradually improve with the help of strict governmental measures, persistent individual effort, and international support. The recent outbreak of terrorism, which is a result of the previous administration’s peace negotiations with the terrorist group TTP, is another significant issue. Islamabad has now experienced this wave of terrorism, which is cause for alarm.  The terrorist activity appears to represent a threat to the nation’s security. Given the challenges that are looming over the populace, it is the responsibility of the political parties to show them how to unite. The country must make the distinction between right and wrong and perform its part in ensuring the country’s prosperous future. Instead of only considering their own interests, political analysts ought to consider how their decisions would benefit the state and the nation as a whole.

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