WEB DESK: To quite a few discernable minds tragic the massacre of Parisians on Friday night is part of a strategy of Daesh to provoke fierce reprisals against four million French Muslims.
The entity was possibly encouraged by the outcome of its attack on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo early this year, which did create a communal tension though that quickly subsided.
Daesh probably wanted to trigger ‘Clash of Civilisations’ in Europe, starting from France, by staging a massive carnage in Paris. Since the Second World War this was most grievous loss France has suffered, and the world is shocked. Of course, the leaderships all over the Muslim world has strongly condemned the Paris massacre; the media over there, too, is highly critical of this act of extreme violence.
This is also a fact that among the victims of this tragedy carried out by the so-called Islamic State are at least half a dozen Muslims. Undeniably the brutality of this proportion does generate mistrust and hostility at social and community levels. It has turned the light on the Muslim minorities in a non-Muslim West, as people ask why bloodshed in France when conflict is in the Middle East. Obviously the Pakistanis living in Europe are bound to be the collateral victims of hate feelings.
Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali is duly worried about this and has asked the Foreign Office and Federal Investigation Agency to devise a joint strategy to help the overseas Pakistanis overcome difficulties that they might face in the aftermath of the Paris attacks. Hopefully, some elaboration on how this can be done would be available after a high-level meeting he has called. But given the image we as Pakistanis have abroad, particularly in the West, the task the minister has assigned to the FO and FIA is profound.
The image of a Pakistani traveller reaches his destination much ahead of his arrival. His or her travel documents are double-checked, body x-rayed and destination point is verified. Our borders are porous, our exit-door managers are not at par and our travel documentation is prone to forgery.
The interior minister is there spot on when he says ‘besides terrorists, human traffickers also bring a bad name to the country’. Then we have lived too long with mystery of ‘good Taliban and bad Taliban’, a duplicity not easy to shed away. Add to this, there is a high number of drug-bearing smugglers who succeed reaching their Western destinations travelling through Pakistan. Certainly it’s a contaminated image that we have abroad, and the one which overshadows Pakistan’s extreme sacrifices in decade-long war on terrorism.
We deeply mourn the loss of some 125 lives in the Daesh attacks in Paris, as we feel the depth of the pain of the French we are reminded how just a year back the monsters raided a school in Peshawar and snuffed out some 150 innocent lives. If France has struck back with a strong sense of immense revenge it is expected. One would have no beef with the French President’s decision that now there is war with Daesh, and his air force has struck a score of enemy bases in Syria.
But we need to understand that this war on Daesh has to be waged by Muslim countries and won by their armies. Daesh should be seen to have been defeated by the Muslim countries on the ground and not in the air. To secure streets and markets of the West Daesh must be vanquished in the Muslim countries and by their people.