While, it was a no brainer when Ehsanullah Ehsan, a most wanted terrorist for attacks on Pakistani citizens, mysteriously surrendered in 2017,
not tried by courts, but kept under detention in a sprawling bungalow along with his family.
Since Ehsanullah’s escape, several
senior members of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) have been killed in Afghanistan. However, it’s not only the Pakistani Taliban that has suffered heavy losses at hands of Pakistan Army. A senior member of the Baloch Republican Army (BRA), a militant
organization known for targeting Pakistan’s interests, was also killed in Iran a few days ago.
Also after his escapes, according
to Reuters, he has arrived, with family, to Turkey, while its evident how Erdogan is willing to be part of anything murky and passionately unethical, to support Pakistan and China, in return for support on its designs in the Mediterranean and the Arab led
Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).
Afghan and Pakistani Taliban
Pakistan Army Ownership
Among the Pashtun tribesmen, since the Russian invasion
of Afghanistan decades back, there has been widespread support for the Afghan “jihad.” In contrast, Pakistani Taliban TPP and associated groups, came into being as resistance to Pakistan in the region of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, since the last fifteen
years, in a bid to achieve its long deserving independence against Pakistan’s atrocities.
Pakistan is intending to end TPP, merge
and use that support to recruit the maximum number of young men to fill ranks of Afghanistan Taliban. With this in mind, Ehsan has been recruited, under an honorarium, to effect this gradual change though again deceivingly radical in essence.
Result is Shehryar Mehsud, leader of the Hakimullah Mehsud group of TTP, who was killed by a roadside improvised explosive device (IED) in Kunar
province, amongst others, all of whom are striving to achieve independence from Pakistan, including BRA leaders.
Jihadis as Political
Representatives in Pakistan
“Bloodbath” flooded Pakistan’s front pages in 2018 after a jihadi bomb attack killed
151 people at an election rally in the country’s Baluchistan province.
As Pakistanis wonder what toll, the threat of terrorism
will take in their political landscape, many activists decry another disturbing trend, that the government and Pakistan Army abetted sharp rise in religious extremists and front end parties of prominent terrorist groups running for office.
Pakistan Army’s short term solution to terrorists acting against its own state interests is to foster them as having a political space and keep them happy, by
giving them a cloak of legitimacy. It’s been widely frowned upon by the international audience, that the terrorist groups have been allowed to enter the Pakistan political discourse.
Is it that the Imran Bajwa have an accord, to have this as a short term solution, to keeping the jihadis amused, and not gunning for Pakistan Army and government, and let the Chinese led CPEC be. Appears
likely, given how Pakistan has played one group against others, to get the better one on its side, out of the worsts. Though, the better have a tendency to go worst, however for Pakistan Army that can be dismissively dealt later, as before as always.
Amusing statesmanship! However, it be borne in mind that shallow governance and lack of principles and character has its own pitfalls, especially
Deaths of several anti-Pakistan militant leaders in Afghanistan and Iran are reflective of several previous such developments, and as well we may see a wider and targeted campaign against the TTP and Baluch resistance in the coming weeks
Ehsan’s escape, and use of terror as state assets, shows the underlying deadly realities of Pakistan’s militant
landscape, where the politics of terrorism continue to pose a serious threat to common Pakistani’s interests in the long run.
long and effective is the leash, that Pakistan Army has on such measured pro-Pakistan terrorist groups, only time shall reveal. However, as far as history repeating itself goes, it will be a short time, when the same terror is back on its own soil, bloodying
its streets with gore of common Pakistani citizen again, not of the elite of Pakistan.
Whilst the roulette of FATF and Pakistan sponsored
terrorism shall continue, as a new humdrum, for Pakistan.
19 Feb 20/Wednesday
Written By: Fayaz