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Who brought the terrorists back to Pakistan? Is Zarb e Azb 2 needed now?

By Mian Iftikhar Ul Hassan

Terrible terrorism in Peshawar, mourning queues in more than hundred houses, heartbreaking stories from one to another, someone had pampered a mother and someone had started a new inning after marriage, this is exactly the situation in Pakistan in the past APS tragedy. It was seen later, the entire country was mourning the martyrdom of children and teachers, then Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Army Chief arrived at the scene and later the National Action Plan was set up and the time came when the country was in shock. was launched, as a result of this successful operation, there was a lot of help in controlling terrorism, the world recognized the capabilities of the Pakistan Army, on the other hand, several ups and downs were seen in Pakistan’s neighboring country, Afghanistan.

It is certain that the ongoing situation in Afghanistan has a direct impact on Pakistan, at the time of Zarb-e-Azb, Ashraf Ghani’s government was in Afghanistan, American forces were there while the Afghan Taliban were fighting against their government, then the government in Pakistan changed and was led by the military. There was also a change, the Nawaz Sharif government ended and Imran Khan took over the Annan government While General Bajwa was the commander of the Pakistan Army, the situation went well for some time because the government of Ashraf Ghani was running in Afghanistan, but then there was a sudden change.

They rose up and occupied many cities including Kabul, Ashraf Ghani fled the country, at that time there was Imran Khan’s government in Pakistan, his government greatly facilitated the safe exit of the world from Afghanistan. Which was praised by the world, now the Imran government decided to go with the Afghan Taliban, then the most important aspect came to the fore. Until Ashraf Ghani’s government, TTP did not have safe havens, so operations for TTP were not possible in Pakistan. Afghan government started talks with Taliban regarding TTP. It is obvious that the Pakistan Army was also aware of these negotiations and was also a part of them, while Barrister Saif, who belongs to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, was playing the role of front man in these negotiations on behalf of the federal government of Pakistan. Even when Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri was killed in the American attack, Barrister Saif along with his team was in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan. It is a fact that the Imran government disarmed the TTP with the consent of the then military leadership. allowed to come to Pakistan.

But the people of TTP reached Pakistan without being completely disarmed. And after reaching here, TTP started terrorist activities again, the policy adopted during Imran era was a strategic blunder. On the other hand, it cannot be denied that even before the Imran government, written agreements were made with the TTP, ceasefires were also held and these agreements were also broken. The special and unique thing about the negotiations during the Imran government was that This time, the Afghan Taliban were playing the role of a mediator and were adamant that Pakistan should take back its people. As a result of these negotiations, TTP people arrived in Pakistan, but they were not unarmed. What happened was that the leadership of the army also changed. The new PDM government also asked the TTP to accept the Constitution of Pakistan and disarm under the law, but the TTP not only refused to comply but also continued to demand the implementation of Sharia law.

A major turning point in the story came when Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri was killed in an American attack in Afghanistan, the Afghan Taliban reacted strongly to it, and the Afghan Taliban changed their thinking and strategy due to the use of Pakistani soil. changed and that the Afghan Taliban’s trust in the Pakistan government has decreased, even Afghan Defense Minister Mullah Yaqoob accused Pakistan of allowing Pakistan to use its airspace. had assured that they will not allow their land to be used against Pakistan, but now they have got the justification, now Pakistan should not be cowed. It is completely clear from this statement of Mulla Yaqoob that now Attacks on Pakistan have been or will be carried out. The US used Pakistan’s air force to kill Ayman al-Zawahiri Limits have been used, now the question is whether the United States is practically standing with Pakistan. Pakistan is the country that has suffered the most in the war against terrorism, Defense Minister Khawaja Asif said that four lakh Afghans came to Pakistan and did not return.

One and a half years ago, the intensification proved disastrous. One should not become a tool of home improvement and international powers. One twenty six billion dollars has been lost in the war against terrorism. Today there is no power with Pakistan. Pakistan is alone today in the war against terrorism. Khawaja Asif’s statement is meaningful. In the past, Pakistan became a tool of big powers, including the US, and suffered losses, while Justice Qazi Faiz Isa raised the question during the hearing of the case that who brought the terrorists back to the country?

How long will you be afraid of them?PPP also has a blunt stand regarding terrorists and is still insisting on implementing the National Action Plan. Now it is the test of Shehbaz Sharif government and the present military leadership whether they decide. If Zarb-e-Azb Part 2 will be launched again, the question is how the issues with the Afghan Taliban will be resolved. Mullah Yaqoob’s statement is clear, we don’t even need to think about who is involved in the terrorist attack. Along with this, we also have to see what strategy America adopts. Does he stand with Pakistan or will he only talk to the extent of statements?

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