Twelve: Administrative and development reforms in Fata. Progress: None. Thirteen: Communication network of terrorists will be dismantled completely. Progress: Status quo. Fourteen: Concrete measures against promotion of terrorism through internet and social media. Progress: None. Fifteen: No room will be left for extremism in any part of the country. Progress: Status quo.
Sixteen: Ongoing operation in Karachi will be taken to its logical end. Progress: Stalemated. Seventeen: Balochistan government to be fully empowered. Progress: Status quo.
Eighteen: Action against elements spreading sectarianism. Progress: None. Nineteen: Formulation of a comprehensive policy to deal with the issue of Afghan refugees. Progress: An estimated three million Afghan refugees in Pakistan, of which 55,000 have gone back. Twenty: Reforms in criminal courts system. Progress: Zero.
In January 2015, apex committees were formed to expedite the implementation of the National Action Plan. For the record: 15 committees and sub-committees were set up. Progress: No formal notification. No Terms of Reference (TORs). No chain of command.
The ground reality: serious civil-military trust deficit. The ground reality continues to be that our generals do not trust our political leaders and vice versa. The generals are adamant that they have come out of their barracks to fight terror. The political leadership fears that the generals have come out of their barracks to capture their political domains.
December 24, 2014 all the way down to May 31, 2015 – going down the drain, down the drain!
“War does not determine who is right – only who is left” – Bertrand Russell
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