Suicide bombings , kidnappings for ransom and Extortion , forced disappearances and sectarian killings painting a bleak picture of law and order situation in Pakistan . The government’s kneeling down towards the forces of evil is a clear signal towards governance weakness and flaws which need to be rectified for the best interests of the people . The Government has been weakening with each passing day and with failure of talks with Taliban on the pretext of unconditional ceasefire , it could be ascertained that PML (N) Government has been left with no other option than initiating operation against the those who challenged the writ of the Government and even rejecting the very constitution of Pakistan which safeguards the rights of the people and was promulgated in consultation with religious leaders .
Ever Since the PML (N) came into power after Elections , It has failed on the Security front and basic rights of the People of Pakistan are being violated due to flawed policies which are not bearing fruit including the much echoed National Security Policy which comes to logical end with continuous wave of Terrorist strikes on religious buildings , Passenger trains and other public places leaving hundreds people dead in Karachi , Peshawar , Quetta and Lahore .
The intelligence agencies have failed to foil these type incidents in metro cities as well as Tribal belts of FATA and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa . The Gas Pipelines explosions in Baluchistan by the so called BLA and the Tribal Clashes in Sindh has made the life of the People miserable and there is no one to save the people from this type of trauma . The Government Ministers -Federal and Provincial appear on the News Channels with bunch of microphones placed before them with smile on their faces that they condemn such acts of Barbarism and resolve to take the strict action against the culprits but it never happens . The Series of terrorist activities seems to have no ending and Government is seen counting on days of their Governance and speaking against the Predecessors that so far they have washing the mess done by the Previous Governments but the fact is that they are not serious to protect the lives and properties of common people and just busy in prolonging their days of being in Power .
The Civil society and People in General are showing utmost patience and are just weeping on their wounds . None of the people have dared to come on the streets and record their protest. The internal fear has forced them to stay at home than raise their powerful voice against the injustices and loss of innocent lives of the People . The Police and the security agencies including FC, Rangers appear to have botched totally. It is only Military which could play a vital role in maintaining peace and ensuring safety of the Life and Property of the people .
If we look at the Government structures in the provinces , we will be shocked that every party has been ruling in the province where they have majority . Pakistan Tehreek Insaf has majority in Khyberpakhtunkwa so it formed the government in the KPK in coalition with Moderate religious Party Jamaat Islami , Pakistan People’s Party formed sole government in Sindh , Pakistan Muslim League (N) in Punjab and Balouch Nationalists and PML (N) in Baluchistan . No single party got extra ordinary majority in four provinces except PML (N) which formed the federal Government with PML (F) and later joined by JUI Fazal . This Clearly shows that how fragile is the Government and how the parties have been limited to their provinces only using cards of their respective provinces .
With the tradition of hereditary Politics, nothing new could be anticipated from the PML Government as people had already tested them twice and people were of the opinion that after spending several years of forced exile from their homeland , they might have learnt from their weaknesses but the scenario gives the action replay of their previous regimes and the People have not been given any type of relief be it service sector or Manufacturing or agriculture sector .
The Depreciation of rupee against Dollar , Inflation , Price hike in Electricity , Petrol and Gas Tariffs and Counterproductive Drone Strikes by the American Forces, Suicide bombings by Militants have crippled the Economical Condition of the people as well as disrupted the very peace in the country . The Investors and the Industrialists have been forced to shift their capital and Industry to safer places so that their business may not be affected by the frequent bomb blasts and Suicide Attacks on the Public Places .
The Government has been, so far ,limited to making statements only as no tangible and Practical steps have been taken by the them to tackle with such type of security lapses which cause the Loss of life and Property to a massive scale which could not be compensated either by condemning it publically or announcing Funds for the bereaved family since the Excuses and money could not substitute the collateral damages done by the people who do not even accept the Constitution of Pakistan . How could you bow down against those who just know the Language of Bullet than ballot?
The State Institutions specially the army must act against this terrible situation which has made people mentally distorted due to looming danger of the Blast . The People have limited themselves to houses and sense of vulnerability have gripped the society and the young minds . The terrorists mostly target children Young and Old regardless of any religion or Sect and carrying forward the bloody game which may have serious repercussions if it continued with same momentum . The Judiciary , the Military , Civil society and Common people must come forward and find out the lasting solution which restores the peace and tranquility in the country -no matter it comes up with talks or initiating stern action against the disruptors who have shaken the very roots of the country by promoting the bloody doctrine of weaponry to destabilize the elected Government and derail the democratic process which has hardly set foot in the country . The peace loving people cannot afford their country be hijacked by the militants and terrorist groups who want to occupy the Government by violating the human rights ,killing and slaughtering the innocent people , scholars , Doctors and University Professors .
It is high time to take the bull by the horns and free the common people from the chains of militancy , terrorism , extortion and forced Disappearances so that people may take a sigh of relief and peace may be restored . Because peace has the master key which will unlock the possibilities for the nation and Open vistas of Opportunities for the People of this homeland.
Government and Armed Forces must come up with lasting solution to this grave problem which has engulfed the whole country and attempts to disintegrate Pakistan from the world by planting bombs and killing the innocent workers to resist polio vaccination . These type of people cannot be called the well wishers of the country but the greatest enemies of its very existence . All the political parties must come together to consult and find out the way out so that people may be saved from falling prey to destruction. They must come up with strong resolve and strict policy to deal with militants and terrorists who have taken whole country as hostage.
Tribal Clashes and the Bloodshed
Tribal Clashes in the parts of Baluchistan and Sindh bring miseries and destruction as warring tribes go on Killing Sprees and do not stop until they equal the numbers.
They go on a massive scale and target indiscriminately, the young and old are consumed in the fire of revenge and vengeance.
Tribal clashes create several socioeconomic problems that compel the tribes men to adopt criminal activities for instance armed robbery, mobile snatching, motorbike snatching and stealing in the rural areas where police patrolling is not available.
Sindh, Baluchistan, KP and Punjab are embedded in the Feudal fabric that is controlling the social, cultural and political arena of these provinces.
This is obviously the great game of some sardars and politicians to incite the tribes to fight to settle their dispute. The disputes are triggered from trivial issues like water share, agriculture land disputes, grazing of animals in somebody’s farmlands, marriage, illicit relations and Karo Kari (honour Killings).
These tribal feuds have already consumed thousands of innocent lives since our judicial system fails to provide relief so people are forced to seek justice from the traditional jirga system, run by the tribal chiefs. Regrettably, the Jirga’s decisions are unmerited in most cases,women are given in exchange to settle the disputes,and the verdicts are binding on both parties.
During the colonial era British conferred various benefits to these feudals due to their allegiance to the British Empire. They were awarded lands and properties along with various titles that still exist in today’s Pakistan.
Titles such as sardar,Mir,Nawab, Khan Bahadur, rais and Muqdum are used even today. The princely states were also classified as Salute and Non-salute states, depending on their favorability with the British.
These states were controlled indirectly by British India. Some examples include Bahawalpur, Khairpur, Makran, and Kalat.
For a long time these entitled elite have been ruling and controlling Sindh, Baluchistan and Punjab, for more than seven decades they have had a stronghold in these areas socially, economically and politically.
There are several sardars who traditionally hold hereditary Turbans (pug) of Tribal chief and control their community along with other communities.
In Baluchistan, the most active Sardari tribes are Bugti, Marri, Mengal, Bizenjo, Jamali, Magsi and Rind, In Sindh Sundrani, Bijarani, Mahar,Chandio, Mazari, Lund, Pitafi, Arbabs, Khoso, Chachar, Teghani, Jatoi, Bhayo and Shar. Syed tribes have been ruling the roost in Sindh for several decades, the most important seat of CM falls in their domain.
The heads of these tribal chiefs are autocratic princes and have totalitarian control over the people of their tribes;they enjoy the full authority in their respective areas.
These jirgas are not only lucrative businesses for the sardars, but they also aid them in consolidating their influence over their tribe members who then vote them to assemblies and the Parliament
The Sundrani, Bijarani, Mahar and Chandio Tribal chiefs control the greatest number of tribes in Sindh whereas Rind, Marri, Bugti and Mengals control most of the Baloch tribes in Baluchistan.
The extent of their control can be assessed on the following point that no one can have even matrimonial proposal without their consent and their verdict is final in all matters.
Feudal influence persists in these areas only because of the absence of writ of state and of law and order.Therefore, the tribesmen are compelled to opt for the Jirgas to settle disputes.
The Jirga process is very slow,both warring tribes must mutually agree to end the dispute, this may involve several sittings. Sometimes, the tribes resume their clashes soon after a settlement and pursue the killing spree owing to resentment by one tribe.
The women especially the young girls bear the brunt of these tribal clashes as unmarried girls are exchanged for compensation in case of murder settlements.These girls live in misery as the family members treat them as the daughter of the enemy and resort to domestic abuse and violence.Consequently, the innocent girls become the victims of these tribal jirgas.
The school going children also become victims of these tribal clashes amid fear of attack if they go to school, the enemy may target these students. Such incidences have been reported in the past.
In a recent incident between the Teghani and Bijarani tribes, two innocent students of matriculation were killed they were prepared to appear in the exams this March, unfortunate death took care that.
In another ironic incident a 70-year-old man was shot in the head when he was riding his donkey cart to work so he could feed his minor children and wife. Instead of getting food on the table in the evening the family received his dead body.
One recent incident still resonates in the minds of many when 30 innocent lives were lost in exchange of fire between two tribes owing to a trivial issue of illegal grazing of a cow. This continues to happen due to widespread illiteracy and unrestricted use of sophisticated weapons.
This was the one of the worst examples when dozens of men, women and children got butchered in a single day,in a blatant display of barbarity.
The role of Police is very dismal rather dubious since such incidences also occur in cities,in broad day light. Police usually arrive late giving these trigger happy thugs a license to kill innocent people.
The open display of sophisticated weapons like fully automatic fire arms to rocket launchers makes one question how these communities manage to purchase such expensive arms when their purchase requires official approval and some are not even meant for civilians.
In some instances the police becomes an accomplice taking monetary benefits form the tribe that intends on attacking it’s rival turning a blinds eye.
The Government is clueless or an accomplice like the police in these incidents or deliberately avoids legislation against this butchery of humanity since most of the MPA’s and MNA’s are tribal chiefs themselves. They will never legislate against these crimes as they are well aware that legislation means curtailing their own powers and monetary losses.
It is high time that civil society, legal fraternity, and human rights defenders must come forward to stop this massacre in the name tribal disputes and the Supreme Court of Pakistan must take notice of this cold-blooded murder.
The Government should ban the jirgas completely and all murders under the guise of Honour Killings and Tribal disputes should be treated as a crime against humanity with exemplary punishments. Government should also control issuing of licenses to civilians.
The civil society must create awareness against and promote love and harmony among the communities so that they may settle their differences peacefully and never engage in fighting.Precious human lives need to be preserved especially those of the youth.
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