I can still recall the horrendous day when the whole nation was gripped in a wave of sorrow and grief. Tears and emotions turned into an organized anger which galvanized state institutions to blur the line between good and bad terrorists,vowing to eliminate them all.
The powerful response from the state poured out.Civil, military establishment and all political parties joined hands against extremism, which was declared as the root cause of terrorism. The little coffins forced the nation to devise a long term plan to combat the scourge of terrorism.
The National Action Plan came to surface and undoubtedly it was a laudable effort by all stakeholders.
The NAP was a full-fledge strategy to halt the wave of terror and demolish the edifice of terrorism. Steps vowed to be taken in NAP, especially streamlining of madrassas, ban on hate speech, and eradication of extremism from society, were the need of the time.
But what we have done to avenge the blood of innocent children?
What practical steps have we taken besides sloganeering?
Have we even started implementing the National Action Plan?
Unfortunately, our emotions evaporated in air andwe wore the cloak of callousness again.
The capitulation of state before a frenzy mob of hate mongers was condemned by progressive elements. But why didn’t we condemn the shameful silence of the nation over violent protests?I consider the silence as clandestine support.
The fact is that we are mullahs led. We can be cajoled by anyone. We may easily befooled by demagogue politicians and the ticket distributors of heaven.
The life of minorities in Pakistan is becoming miserable day by day and the state is a silent spectator.
Hindu girls are forcibly converted but we prefer to shut our eyes on it. We have erased the memories of December 16 and the devilish extremism which had engulfed the little flowers is resurging with more force.
Non-state militias have been a source of concern for thinking minds. Ilyas Kashmiri from one of the good jihadist groups JeM was involved in Taxila Church bombing and there are many more examples.
It was agreed by all stakeholders that action will be taken against militias and militancy won’t be allowed to prevail in any form. But we have opened the avenues of politics for militants.
There is no sign that state is serious to take any concrete step to end this practice.
Extremist organizations are still functioning under different names. Sectarian elements are grinning over the feebleness of state. Hundreds of our youngsters were sent to Syria to participate in one of the worst wars of history.
Where is the NAP?
Why has the government buried its head under sand like an ostrich?
Are they waiting for another dreadful event?
No major initiative was taken by government to streamline madrassas and ban the use of hatred from pulpits.
The Faizabaddharna exposed the government when a venom spewing mullah targetted all institutions and abused all of them with a sense of impunity. My confidence on the state shattered the day our government prostrated before them.
There is no ray of hope emanating from anywhere. A fresh wave of terrorist attacks has worried us all, but we are not ready to rise up from the deep slumber. We have allowed hate mongering by remaining silent over it.
It is easy to shift the blame on government. No doubt, the government is duty bound to implement the NAP, and it has abdicated from it, but as a nation,have we fulfil led our duties?
Have we stopped following the propagators of hatred?
Are we not equally responsible?
Let’s ponder over it. The blood of the martyred children should not be forgotten.