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Can Obama Become A Savior?

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Situation in Pakistan has been worsening with each passing day. Everyone in Pakistan have been feeling that something wrong is going on, but no one knows the solution. Majority of rulers in Pakistan are corrupt, therefore, they have no idea about the crisis.

         It is not just terrorism that is bloodying the nation horrifically. Mauling it no lesser terribly is rampaging criminality, stalking urban streets and rural barns viciously. The country is in the squeezing grip of lawlessness, which is in a waltzing binge in every nook and cranny of the land. Both the urban centres and the countryside are in its throes in equal measure, though the latter more hurtfully.

        Kidnapping and abductions for ransom are in full swing, particularly in the Frontier province whose Peshawar metropolis is witnessing an increasing migration of scared residents to the country’s other parts. Thefts, dacoities, highway robberies, car lifting, purse and cell-phone snatchings have become a common phenomenon and a scourge to blight the citizens day and night. And if sniper shootings have Quetta and parts of Balochistan in their lethal claws, so have they Karachi.

        The port city is, in fact, being rocked nowadays with fatal factional and confessional fracas, which surely can be minimised if not obliterated altogether if the leadership across the spectrum gets its act together, uses its collective influence to moderate the radical propensities and isolate the extremist elements, reducing them into ineffectual nonentities. But that is not to be. As the crimes and criminality are in an increasing upswing, this leadership is just looking on inertly and listlessly. Not the least pushed it appears to be even as there are now strong indications that the underworld is teaming up with militants and terrorists to plunge this beleaguered nation into utter chaos and anarchy. No ideas, no thoughts, no suggestions or proposals has it to proffer to grapple with this prowling lawlessness. It shows all emptiness on this count. And so does that intellectual glitterati, gracing nightly media talk shows. It too has, at best, some fashionable talk to show for a thinking.

        This nobility would have it believed that rising lawlessness in the country has to do with poverty, denial and deprivation. Yes, that is true. But it should not be forgotten either that this denial is not particular to this country alone. Even in prosperous states, poverty and deprivation are not unknown. They have slums in Washington, New York, London and Paris, too. They have them indeed in every rich state all over the world. And the poverty-actuated crimes, too. But what is notable is that their law-enforcement apparatuses are strong enough to keep the incidence of crime contained and under check. And it is that vital plank missing in our milieu banefully. For the first thing, we have a state law-enforcement apparatus, which is not just short of requisite strength. It is a highly politicised and deeply corrupt apparatus. And the regret is no administration has ever tried earnestly to revamp and spruce up this system. Even Pervez Musharraf’s Police Order of 2002 created more problems than throwing up solutions. With it, he proceeded to give the nation an apolitical, people-friendly and delivering policing system. Instead, he landed it with a system in total disorder, caught up intricately in an irresoluble bureaucratic turf war and unfathomable confusion in its operation. The harsh fact is that our elites across the spectrum are as yet to understand that law and order is the first prerequisite to a polity’s sustainability and advancement and that this can come about only with an effective and no-nonsense policing system. Had we had such a system in place, in all probability we would not have been such an easy prey to the forces of extremism and militancy as we have now become. The system would have kept them curbed and contained. But this system here has been for its intrinsic feebleness the first casualty of predatory extremist forces. It collapsed like a house of cards wherever these vile forces struck. But the things cannot go on like this, as too much is at stake here. For our state’s survival and preservation, this system has to be uplifted on a war-footing. It has to be the first priority in every manner: in allocation of funds, recruitment of its personnel and their training in latest law-enforcement techniques and practices, and equipping them with appropriate weapons and technologies.

        And the system has to be rid of political interference and influence in every way and at every tier. There indeed has to be a complete overhauling of the existing system to make it effective and people-friendly, dedicated solely to citizens’ security, not just the elites’. This administration can make a beginning, though modest, to this end by quickly making good on its much-talked intent of recruiting 25, 000 new cops to police force in every province. That indeed would be a litmus test if this administration is really committed to the people’s safety by giving them an apolitical police force, recruited on merit alone and run professionally without any extraneous interference or influence.

Source: thefrontierpost.com

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Muhammad Khurshid, a resident of Bajaur District, tribal areas situated on Pak-Afghan border is journalist by profession. He contributes articles and news stories to various online and print newspapers. His subject matter is terrorism. He is (more...)

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