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Pakistan's war against the Taliban has a hidden cost

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  1. FalconsForPeace

    FalconsForPeace SENIOR MEMBER

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    Galvanized by the country’s growing outrage over repeated and large scale terror attacks, the Pakistani Army and paramilitary groups stepped up their fight with the Tehrik-i-Taliban, also known as the TTP, in 2014.

    The Army’s national military offensive, Operation Zarb-e-Azb, sought to dismantle the terror outlet that had cast a large and sinister shadow over much of the country since its formation in 2007. Two years on, the Army has virtually emptied the country’s once impenetrable northwestern tribal regions of TTP militants, and with support from American drone strikes, leveled much of its territory too. In September, two years after Operation Zarb-e-Azb began, the Army proudly proclaimed over 4,000 kilometers in the tribal areas had been cleared of terrorist hideouts.

    But within this narrative of vigilance and victory, the Army and its paramilitary groups have been able to operate with near impunity in their war against the Taliban, and as we learned while filming VICE documentary series TERROR with Suroosh Alvi, it has come at a cost.

    The Operation Zarb-e-Azb offensive has cost nearly 2 million civilians their ancestral homes. A majority of these civilians now live in makeshift camps scattered across the country or have resettled to cities, namely Karachi, where they face constant and harsh policing from the city’s police and Army Rangers.

    The Army has paired this aggressive military offensive with an equally aggressive media campaign. The Inter-Services Public Relations, the media branch of the Pakistani Army, has fashioned a hero out of General Raheel Sharif in its war on terror. As head of the ISPR, he has travelled across the country for press ops and promised the war-weary public he will avenge those killed in terrorist attacks.

    “The Pakistani people are so fed up of the violence that they’re looking the other way and saying ‘whatever you do, just make us safe, we’ll live with that,’ said Moeed Yusuf of U.S. Institute of Peace. “So that’s how they’ve approached this.”

    Since Operation Zarb-e-Azb began, rumblings of extrajudicial killings at the hands of the Karachi Police and Army Rangers have only increased. The majority of paramilitary raids take place in Karachi’s ethnically tribal slums and amount to sweeping entire neighborhoods mostly filled with refugees from the the same tribal areas, where Army officials fear TTP are hiding in plain sight.

    While filming TERROR, we rode along with the Karachi Police, Army Rangers and counter-terrorism Crime Investigation Department, or CID, on their raids in neighborhoods across the mega-city. In almost every single unit, we heard the same refrain: we’re going to get these guys, dead or alive.

    Police impunity and extrajudicial killings are nothing new in Pakistan, unfortunately. According to a 2016 Human Rights Watch report, “several police officers … openly admitted to the practice of false or faked ‘encounter killings,’ in which police stage an armed exchange to kill an individual already in custody.” The “encounter killing” tactic is now being applied to suspected Taliban supporters in the dense slums of Karachi.

    We heard a similar philosophy from the chief of police in the Karachi neighborhood of Baldia town. “If you take them to the courts, they are released. The judge asks for witnesses and tells us our evidence is incomplete,” senior police official Aijaz Hashmi said. “We try to capture the suspect, and if he fights back, he will get killed. Ninety percent of them are killed.”

    In lieu of a judicial process that ensures civilians get their due process, the police are playing both judge and jury. And with support coming from the country’s leaders like former president President Pervez Musharraf, it’s unlikely to change anytime soon.

    “I frankly wouldn’t like to openly endorse extrajudicial killing or anything, but at the same time these policemen, they are facing these militants who are out there to kill them,” Musharraf said. “So you have to kill them before they kill you.”

    It remains to be seen if the country’s military and police forces’ aggressive counter-terror offensive will permanently stem the tide of terror or provide new fodder to an enemy on the lookout for disenfranchised youth.

    “There is no way of getting rid of the TTP now, I’m sorry to say,” Anatol Lieven, author of Pakistan: A Hard Country told VICE News. “I fear that extremism and terrorism will be there for the foreseeable future.”

    The TTP and the civilians from the tribal areas often targeted in these broad police sweeps both ascribe to an ancient ethical code of conduct calledPakhtunwali. The code rests on four main pillars: shame, honor, taunt, and finally, revenge. The danger of Pakistan’s tactic of fighting terror with extrajudicial policing and unchecked violence lies in the Pashtun tenant of revenge — kill my brother, and I’m obliged to kill yours.

    The Army’s latest counter-terror efforts may draw big numbers and satisfy the general public’s hunger for justice in the war on terror, but it may just as well create a new class of disenfranchised young men whom the TTP will no doubt seek to recruit.

    https://news.vice.com/story/pakistans-war-against-the-taliban-has-a-hidden-cost
     
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    Peace come at a price and Sovereignty cost lot , , :pakistan::pakistan: I really appreciate the sacrifice of The FATA peoples , But keep in mind they are also Pakistani , This country is as much there as it is ours , and honestly they spent there life under TTPs so they know how its like.
    Now IDPs going back , GOVT have to provide funds so they can build there life , and as for WOT , Our law enforcements are doing good , but more improvements can be done.
    Note: We are in state of war so please no Rona Dhona of Human Rights ,100000+ Civilians and Security Personals of Pakistan's are also human , who lost there life to these Fkers.
     
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    These are propaganda articles, no need to pay heed to this....They will definitely don't write about that terrorism has been decreased in Pakistan relatively...

    They will always focus on negativity...Part of information/psychological/propaganda warfare...
     
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    From 3000 civilian deaths in 2012/13 to only 590 in 2016 . Thats a decrease of more than 500 % . It will be our safest year since 2006
     
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    I read ARMY RANGERS then I stopped reading crapy article. The writer doesnt even know Rangers are paramilitary forces and work under interior ministry.

    U.S Institute of Peace:omghaha:
     
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    'War on terror' has cost Pakistan...
    AFP/Karachi
    Filed on November 20, 2016 | Last updated on November 20, 2016 at 02.00 pm
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    (AP)

    Pakistan has received $14 billion so far from US as support for its war on terror.

    Pakistan's 'war on terror' has cost $118 billion so far, a new report has said.

    The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) in its annual report showed that extremist violence cost the country $118.3 billion in direct and indirect losses from 2002 to 2016.

    "Both economic growth and social sector development have been severely hampered by terrorism-related incidents," the report said.

    Pakistan became a pivotal US ally in the battle against extremism after the September 11, 2001 attacks spurred the US invasion of Afghanistan.

    A Coalition Support Fund was approved by the US to support Pakistan in the war, with an annual release of around $1 billion since 2002. By last year Pakistan had received a total of $14 billion.

    The SBP said that apart from causing immeasurable human suffering, including casualties and mass displacement, the war had helped drive away foreign investment, stall domestic investment, freeze exports, and slow down trade.

    Pakistan has carried out major military offensives against Al Qaeda and the Taleban in its border tribal regions that have sapped their strength, with overall levels of militant violence dropping drastically in 2015 and 2016.

    The country has also been waging a fight against home-grown insurgents since at least 2004.
    http://www.khaleejtimes.com/international/pakistan/war-on-terror-has-cost-pakistan