Volatile Law and Order Situation in Pakistan
Various untoward incidents of bomb explosions at the public places, perpetration of suicide bombings by extremist elements bathed in religion and dogmatism and firing of bullets on the innocent civilians by the miscreants bear out that volatile law and order situation is gravely affecting social, political, economic and religious fabric of Pakistan. This unwanted state of affairs has given birth to uncertainty and frustration which are acting as blight in our society. No public place is secure, no religious institution is sacrosanct and no spiritual or political congregation is safe.Talented people are leaving the Land of the Pure for good because their fate is in the doldrums due to uncertainty of jobs and insecurity to their life and property. Thus menace of “Brain Drain” is continuously depriving the country of the intellectuals that are the true assets of the country to resolve its intricate problems.
Our tourism industry is in the doldrums due to security concerns. Despite scenic beauty of hilly areas, glistening peaks, towering mountains, gushing rivers, archeological sites, and historical monuments ,the PTDC and the Tourism Ministry have badly failed to catch the attention of the foreign tourists because no one will take risk to visit a country where indigenous population is not secure and its rulers address public gatherings behind bullet proof screens. Pakistan has a lot of investment potential which could not be fully tapped because of violent incidents. Therefore, the economy of Pakistan is in the shambles. The investors fear of sinking their investment due to unending terrorist incidents. Following remedial measures are called for to check this peril of mayhem.
It is bitter open secret that in recruitment of the police (especially in the lower ranks), there are several incidents of using under the table means for getting a contractual job. Institutions which are erected by bricks of corruption and insecurity of job cannot provide any guarantee to dispense justice and security to life and property to the citizens. Therefore, meritocracy and job security is essential. Most of the policemen carry obsolete guns and only five bullets per person while robbers and terrorists carry latest weapons and surplus ammunition. Therefore, the police avoid chasing such dangerous criminals by risking their own life. Thus miscreants can easily take to their heels. Therefore, police should be equipped with latest weapons and scores of bullets. There must be coordination and sharing of information among intelligence agencies, LEAs and the Interior Ministry.
Pakistan is harboring Afghan refugees and other foreigners on the basis of religious fraternity. But, no country can afford to provide sanctuary to foreign elements which are known to involve in illegal and mutineer activities and poisoning the country with heroin culture. The government should take bold steps to send these refugees to their native countries. It should provide nationality to peace loving people according to the law of the land. The police with the help of media should launch a Herculean campaign for deweaponization of illegal armaments indiscriminately. There is crying need of reformation of social, political and religious institutions for proper socialization of the nation with the help of media by indoctrinating altruism, fraternity, humanity, religious tolerance and patriotism. Massive poverty stricken and illiterate population deprived of basic amenities of life are frustrated due to rampant corruption, social injustice, economic disparity, and political exploitation that force them to snatch their food which create law and order situation. Without resolving these knotty problems the establishment of peace and harmony will remain distant dreams.
Dr Tanvir Hussain Bhatti
Freelance International Columnist, Poet and Author of the Books “What Plagues Pakistan ?” and “Live Balls of Fire”