Our society is in clear dilemma that how to deal with the growing terrorism in Pakistan. One school of thought is of the view that we should use all our Military power and crack down on all those problem creating elements. Another school says that we should negotiate with them and give some space for a larger good of the whole country and to stop the radical forces’ justification of killing innocent people. One thing is clear that both of these school of thoughts are apparently sincere in their efforts to bring peace in Pakistan and no school want terrorism to rise.
To come to the solution, we need to understand how these terrorists in tribal areas think. The common belief is that they are all crazy people and want to destroy the whole world. True, they are indeed crazy frustrated people.
But, I also believe that this might not be the complete truth. To understand their mentality, let’s put ourselves in their shoe. Imagine you are a normal 10 years boy living in FATA. You should be full of sports, games and friends. You deserve at least basic education opportunity, basic human rights, and rule of law and better family economic conditions. Unfortunately, this is not the case with majority of poor children in that particular area of Pakistan.
Sharmeen Obaid, in one of her talk, asked if we had grown up in these circumstances, faced with the choice either to live in this world or in the glorious hereafter? Honestly, if I were raised in these circumstances that make it so hard to make a living, I would definitely regard the glory of martyrdom as the persuasive truth. I probably could not consider that there might be any other choice.
Having said that, I do not justify Pakistani Taliban actions. What I am trying to say is that unless we dedicate ourselves to helping the families get rid of poverty and provide education to the children, we cannot stop the menace of terrorism.
For this we might have to bring reluctant militants on table and assure them of better economic activities in the region and better education opportunities to their children.