Pakistan army is not only
committed to bringing law and order conditions under control but also struggling
to bring prosperity in the country. Start of the war on terror and Pakistan’s
part in it has given raise to conflict between Pakistan Army and Central Asian
Militant Groups. These groups mainly consist of Taliban and others.
Federally Administrated Tribal Area (FATA), being adjacent to Afghanistan, was
affected more than any other area. North and South Waziristan became famous for
central points of Global Terrorism.
This tribal area resembles newly born moon. The people living in this area have
close relations to people living in the border area of Afghanistan. There was
free movement across the border which was stopped later on. The movement of
people among this area contributed to movements of terrorism as well. It
increased terrorist attacks within the country.
South Asian Portal of Terrorism (SAPT) along with collaboration of Institute of
Conflict Management (IOCM) issued a consolidated report in 2018. According to
report, fatalities from 2000 to 2018 were 63,178 including 22,260 civilians and
6955 security officials. Around 33,963 terrorists were killed in this war. In
2018, around 200 people including 69 civilians were killed. The number of
causalities is much reduced. In previous years, the death count was far higher
i.e. 600. A report issued by Ministry of State and Frontier Regions (SAFRON)
mentioned that 5700 people were killed in FATA solely in terrorist attacks
during last six years.
Pakistan army is aimed to provide security, fight internal and external threats.
Law and order situation in any area is responsible for low development
conditions. After 8 years of combat operations against terrorism, law and order
conditions brought under control.
Writing more, Pakistan Army is playing a vital role in development of Fata.
Every year more development projects are executed by Army. A number of small
development projects including reconstruction of roads, water supply schemes,
sewerage and other community welfare schemes. Beside these, army officials are
visiting schools, colleges and health centers to collect data of teachers and
students, doctors, supporting staff and missing facilities. Pak Army’s operated
cadet college has been opened in this area. More schools and colleges are
supposed to be opened. Army is also providing free medical care to civilians as
well as, who suffered from this war.
Sports can act as a tool against violence. It can also act as healthy activity
among youngsters. Pakistan Army is also aimed to make people at ease after long
fought war. For bringing smiles on the faces of FATA people, Pakistan army took
initiative to bring sports in this area. Sport festival entitled FATA Peace
Games were held under the supervision of army. The games included in this
festival were Badminton, Hockey, Table Tennis, Football, Athletics, Basket Ball,
and Tug of war were played. Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) in collaboration with
Pakistan army conducted open trials of aspiring cricketers in North Waziristan
Agency. More than 12000 youth were enrolled in training centers of the region.
Talent hunt trails of FATA youth were held at Younis Khan Cricket Ground
Miranshah. “This is another indicator of peace. Normalcy returning.” said Major
General Asif Ghafoor ISPR spokesperson.
Concluding more, tribesmen are not terrorist rather they are victims of convert
war. Now the war on terror is about to end. It is time to help our brothers
living in FATA. It is need of the hour to bring FATA in main stream. Pakistan
Army is not only successful in fight against foreign insurgencies in FATA but
also working for the betterment of the community. Those who criticize Pak Army
must look into the facts and figures.