Sir: This is with reference to recently published reports stating that the security forces have launched a ground offensive in North Waziristan to root out militants. It reminds me of the saying, ‘better late than never’. A large section of civil society and political parties were calling for such an offensive for some years. It seems the government gave the military the go-ahead for decisive action after continual attacks by the insurgents and the proverbial final straw was the kidnapping of a tourist from a close ally of Pakistan, i.e. China. Now that the operation is in full swing and ground forces backed by the intelligence apparatus have besieged North Waziristan from three sides while airstrikes continue and Pakistan’s indigenous drones are providing real-time intelligence and surveillance feeds, it is time for the final battle of this long war. We have paid a huge price in blood and treasure. Fault lines within our society have deepened. The economy is being revived under the shadow of security threats. The governance apparatus has become indifferent, as terrorists have attacked all over the country with impunity. The state is on the verge of implosion. Now is the time to act and save our state and society so that future generations can grow up in peace.
Sir: Dr Tahirul Qadri, the leader of the Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT), is coming back to Pakistan. ...