By: Dr. Hassan Isfahani
If history is any guide and if we really get to know the ground realities in the Waziristan area, then it is bright as daylight that no military operation until and unless backedup by the rain of daisy cutters, dirty bombs, or even nukes could succeed in the FATA, especially in the South and North Waziristan areas of Pakistan.
Pakistan is once again in the grip of worst terrorism. Lahore, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Kohat, Bannu, Swat, Peshawar and other big cities have seen gory suicide attacks, group attacks and bomb blasts in which hundreds of people have died and many many injured. The morale of the nation has nosedived and the live is very uncertain. Many frantic and emotional voices are emerging demanding for an operation in the South Waziristan. American pressure is one big factor in that too.
Let’s talk about the South Waziristan straight away. Everybody in this area is a militant. They dont know anything else but to fight. They are aggressive, ruthless and rabid. They dont have anything else to do but to fight and to snatch. Their aim in life is to nurture their enmities for generations. These militants are diehard, very fanatic Muslims who have, over the years, confused many teachings of Islam with their tribal culture and instead of following the true spirit of the Islam, they have tried to mould the Islam according to their tribal culture which is all about tribal wars, revenge, vendetta, and such ruthless things.
These tribes mainly rely upon crimes to support themselves. From smuggling to kidnapping and from growing opium to manufacture weapons, they earn their living. From day to night and night to day, they indulge in crimes. CIA and ISI gave them a new purpose of life, which was also their favorite: To fight with the Russians in Afghanistan. CIA and ISI also cemented that aim by using the name of Islam. It was perfect amalgamation to trigger the tribes. Now these tribes are following the same aim, and they are unable to understand as why their former masters are now giving rebuttal to their previous lessons. Tribes neither want to leave their wars and not their version of so-called Islam.
Pakistan forces cannot use nukes or carpet bombing to eliminate the militants. Pakistani forces cannot defeat militants the way they are doing now, because literally all tribes are against forces and they are supporting each other and the terrain is impossible to understand for the outsiders. Besides the people of Waziristan are ready to go to any extent to defend themselves.
The best course of action is to get the security forces out of Waziristan and restore the previous system of tribal elders and jirgas and militants should be talked out of this quagmire. Dialogues and jirgas are the only way to have an immediate peace and then over the time, gradually, government should introduce education, jobs and other modernity of life in those areas to get the tribes out of their primitive mode of life.