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March 4, 2011

Who killed Shahbaz Bhatti?

Lahore

March 4, 2011

ISLAMABAD: Every murder has a motive. Identify the motive and unmask the real murderer. Shahbaz Bhatti’s murder has nothing do with religion because no religion, especially the religion of Islam, permits murder. The ultimate motive must have been political. Shahbaz Bhatti’s murder sends out shockwaves generating perceptions of anarchy and chaos. But, who benefits from anarchy and chaos? Answer: Non-state forces that flourish in an environment of anarchy and chaos. To be certain, of the 192 member-states of the Untied Nations only Somalia, Sudan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen and Pakistan are the states where terrorism kills so many, year in year out. In 2010, Pakistan went through frequent targeted killings, 49 suicide attacks, 7,435 fatalities in terrorist violence and 473 bomb blasts between Khyber and Karachi. What really is the common thread among Somalia, Sudan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen and Pakistan?
To begin with, Somalia, Sudan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen and Pakistan all have governments that have failed to provide personal security to their citizens. Secondly, they all have governments that have failed to provide economic security to their citizens. Last, but not least, Somalia, Sudan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen and Pakistan all have governments that have failed to dispense justice within the societies they govern.
When a government is unable to provide security to its citizens there appears a gap referred to as the ‘security gap’. When a government is unable to dispense justice to its citizens there appears a gap referred to as the ‘capacity gap’. And, it is these gaps that are then filed by extremist organisations.
Somalia, Sudan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen and Pakistan are countries where their security and capacity gaps have been, and are being, filed by terrorist entities. In Pakistan, such outfits already control at least 20,000 sq km of physical Pakistani terrain and are now bent upon expanding their political domain.
In Pakistan,

there is a method in the madness. In Iraq, the method was referred to as the ‘Zarqawi model’. There are elements within looking at expanding their political space by spreading chaos and anarchy via exploiting pre-existing religious, ethnic and sectarian fissures in the Pakistani society.
To be sure, the real motives of the real murderers are purely political. There are elements within Pakistan willing to kill, murder, slaughter and crucify in order to de-legitimise the state of Pakistan and then build their own political order on top of the de-legitimised state. Unfortunately, the guardians of the state by their own acts of omission and commission are actually helping the process of de-legitimisation certainly not hindering.

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