Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Is Terrorism Justified in Pakistan?

A simple definiton of Terrorism will tell you it is the use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, for any purpose to gain benefits.

Terrorism has grown throughout the world but there is no doubt that Pakistan is the country that has suffered most from it, it has become a major and highly destructive phenomenon in the past few years.

Different people and thought groups have different reasons for the spread of terrorism in Pakistan, there are many theories that can be talked about but the most appalling thing is that people try and justify terrorism. But is it ever justified?

Majority believe this is due to the America, whose forces are battling in the neighboring country Afghanistan. Some people believe that India is responsible of the spread of terrorism, some people blame it on the extremist political parties who want to force their beliefs on others.

Some extremists are of the point of view that terrorism is justified in Pakistan because of the continuous support of Pakistani Government to the United States. According to them supporting a non Muslim country against a Muslim country is not right so this makes us the part of plan against Islam. So as long as Pakistan is involved in the war against terrorism they must be attacked.

From the summer of 2007 until late 2009, more than 1,500 people were killed in suicide and other attacks on civilians for reasons attributed to a number of causes – sectarian violence between Sunni and Shia Muslims; easy availability of guns and explosives; the existence of a "Kalishnikov culture"; an influx of ideologically driven Muslims based in or near Pakistan, who originated from various nations around the world and the subsequent war against the pro-Soviet Afghans in the 1980s which blew back into Pakistan; the presence of Islamist insurgent groups and forces such as the Taliban and Lashkar-e-Taiba; Pakistan's thousands of fundamentalist madrassas (Islamic schools) which are thought by many to provide training for little other than jihad and secessionists movements – the most significant being the Balochistan liberation movement – blamed on regionalism, which is problematic in a country with Pakistan's diverse cultures, languages, traditions and customs.

But few points can't be ignored. How can the killing of innocent people be according to the teachings of Islam? How can attacking mosques and shrines be justified? How can blowing yourself up just to kill people be the right thing?

It is obvious that no normal muslim will attack mosques where we offer prayers, where we keep our holy books, no muslim will ever kill innocent people without any valid reason.

Terrorism has destroyed Pakistan internally over the years, not only has it increased the sectarian  violence, it has allowed external forces and enemies to implement their dark plans in Pakistan.

The annual death toll from terrorist attacks has risen from 164 in 2003 to 3318 in 2009, with a total of 35,000 Pakistanis killed as of 2010. According to the government of Pakistan, the direct and indirect economic costs of terrorism from 2000-2010 total $68 billion.

Any kind of violence is forbidden usually, and here we are talking bout mass violence which includes the killing of innocent people, so we can never justify terrorism. Not morally, not ethically and not even from the religious point of view.

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