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Pak anti-terror campaign a success, say expats
TANVIR USMAN December 16, 2017
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SHARJAH: From schools to hospitals to markets to mosques Pakistanis were hit hard by terrorism.

As the country marks the third anniversary of Army Public School (APS) Peshawar attack, the graph of terror incidents is remarkably down since the brutal raid, which killed over 140 people, including 132 students.

The scattered attacks like the latest one on a college in Peshawar indicate that much has to be done and government must take this war to its logical conclusion.

The Gulf Today spoke to the prominent Pakistanis in the UAE, who expressed their views on the issue.

Dr Faisal Ikram, President Pakistan Association Dubai (PAD), said though Pakistan has suffered the most – economically and in terms of human lives — in its war against terror but the nation’s resolve has resulted in marked improvement in the overall security situation of the country.

“Pakistanis emerged resilient after being the victim of terrorism fuelled by the geopolitical and global threats. Due to the visible decrease in the terror-related incidents, foreign investment is pouring in and the economy is on sound track,” he said.

Ikram called on his countrymen to follow the footsteps of founding father Muhammad Ali Jinnah.

“We can get guidance from the life of Mr. Jinnah who once said; “With faith, discipline and selfless devotion to duty, nothing is unachievable.”

“I strongly believe that Pakistan has taken a turn for stability, growth and prosperity,” he added.

According to Noor-ul-Hassan Tanvir, a businessman belonging to Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) and member of Board of Governor Overseas Pakistanis Foundation, the reasons behind the senseless killings are lack of religion’s understanding, extremist approach and disrespect for others’ beliefs.

Tanvir said that the PML-N government has made all-out efforts to eliminate the terrorism from the country. Military and intelligence operations were started to dismantle the terror outfits and efforts to consolidate the gains are still going on.

“Role of the society in spreading the message of love and peace is also imperative,” he remarked.

Mian Munir Hans, a businessman and former president of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) for Middle East region, said despite the scattered attacks, the law & order situation is improving day by day.

“It was the PPP government which under the leadership of Asif Ali Zardari launched a successful operation against Taliban in Swat Valley. Policies of the PPP helped in building a narrative against the militants,” he said.

“Improved security situation will be helpful in promoting the tourism industry,” Hans added.

Hazrat Jan Orakzai, Vice-President of Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) for Sharjah region, opined that Pakistan made a wise decision to go after the Taliban after the gruesome attack on the Army Public School Peshawar.

“We lost thousands of lives, hundreds were incurred life-time injures and still the war is not finished. Apart from the military efforts, the government should introduce reforms in police and judiciary. The merit in civil institutions is need of the hour,” he said.

Orakzai said the corruption and terrorism are interlinked and without eradicating graft at the state level, terrorism cannot be tackled.

“In my view education can play a key role in rooting out the extremism. The government should ensure weapon-free society and provide basic necessities to the public. Pakistan has the potential and an honest leadership can put it on the path of progress,” he concluded.

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