2014 is going to be marked as a vital year in history of Pakistan. Some of you will mark it as year of ‘Dharna’(protests) while some of you will call it as year when Pakistani nation fought against terrorists. Karachi Airport Attack, IDPs, and Peshawar massacre have brought sadness to the nation however ZarbEAzb brought hope and courage to the people of Pakistan.
The most important event of 2014 was when 14year-old boy Aitizaz Hassan (on 9th January)in northern Pakistan embraced shahadat while stopping a suicide bomber at the main gate of his school but saves the lives of all of his schoolmates gathered for their morning assembly. On 10th January, car suicide bomb was blasted by TTP near the car of a senior police officer Chaudhry Aslam Khan, in which Khan was killed with two others.
Multiple suicide attacks on army soldiers and civilians made the leadership led to the stoppage of peace talks with Taliban. The ultimate decision to fight against TTP was taken after Karachi Airport attack in June 2014.
Pakistan Army started military operation against terrorists in North Waziristan by name of ZarbeAzb on 15th June. This operation is progressing successfully. The target of operation was to clean up North Waziristan from terrorists and to remove terrorists’ hideouts. The armed forces are achieving required targets successfully. The air strikes are targeted and terrorists’ activities have decreased in the country. It was because of ZarbeAzb that the political parties organized their rallies because of the controlled law and order situation.
2nd November 2014 saddened Lahore, rather whole Pakistan when more than 60 people were killed and more than 110 people were injured in a suicide attack on the Pakistan side of the Wagah border.
Military operation Khyer1 was initiated in Khyber agency by Pakistan Army in October. 400 militants surrendered before the security forces in Khyber so far. Detaining of 400 terrorists is an achievement. Moreover, Top AlQaeda commander Adnan Al Shukri Aljuma with his one companion killed by Pak Army raid in South Waziristan on 6th December and 5 terrorists were nabbed. Information related to country’s security, about the working of terrorists’ groups and what can be possible upcoming terror attacks in Pakistan. The hidden network of these militant groups, their sponsors, all the relevant information can be retrieved from these terrorists if they are kept detained.
Visit of Afghan president to Pakistan this year and then visit of CGS and ISAF Commander have their high importance as co-ordinated efforts against terrorism will have regional impact.
The most saddening event of this year was on December 16 when Taliban gunmen stormed Army Public Schools in Peshawar, killing at least 141, including 132 children and nine employees, with most of five hundred students evacuated. The shooting ends with all seven gunmen dead. On 17th December, Pakistan lifts the moratorium on the death penalty for terror related cases following the Taliban’s assault on a school in Peshawar.
The impact of this decision (lift ban on death penalty) will be seen in 2015 and on coming years. More than sixteen hundred local and foreign terrorists are killed by forces since the beginning of ZabeAzb’s military operation (2014). The region has long been home to local and foreign militants who carry out attacks in Pakistan.
Another small but important event this december was when people of Islamabad gathered outside Lal Masjid and protested against Abdul Aziz for not condemning Peshawar massacre. This event created hype in social media and sentiment of people against extremism was shown to the world.
Now, it is responsibility of courts to punish these criminals. The major flaw in judiciary right now is that not a single terrorist is being hanged since 2006. If these terrorists were punished by courts, the terrorism might not have made its roots as much as it has gained presently. The working of military courts has given hope to people that these terrorists will get their destiny when they will be hanged. But the judiciary need to show their national responsibility.