In the past two weeks, media attention was focused on movements within the Parliament. But the latest killing is a grim reminder of a problem we have yet to address as a nation. Terrorism is not TNT or dynamite. It is a mental sickness in which the affected person suddenly takes an extremist action and does so regardless of the consequences. His action surprises his near and dear ones. And that shows that the sickness is undetectable. It does not show many symptoms until the decisive moment. Families of the suicide attackers are too late to discover the ailment. And in case they do discover, there is no hospital to treat the religious addicts.
Now let’s take a look at the political doctors we expect to treat or eradicate extremism. They are serving 72-hours ultimatums to each other for solving the critical problems which could not be addressed in the last three years. Check out the agenda items and let me know if extremism is among their concerns as of today. The fact of the matter is that they have been trying to convince the extremist to spare Punjab because the Government in that Province is a like-minded organization. It shares their world view and is against foreign interference in Pakistan.
In the last two and a half years, PML (N) never claimed any formula that could wipe out corruption and redress half a dozen national problems within 45-days. It evolved a method or magic only after two coalition partners crossed the floor in the National Assembly. Without the floor crossing the party could never throw the same challenge to the Prime Minister. It never occurred to the Party that it could knock out the Prime Minister in prime convenience. The Party has loudly questioned the stances of those who parted ways with the Government and at the same time had thrown a challenge to demonstrate their commitment to the cause by initiating a no-confidence motion against the Prime Minister. The Party despite being the biggest on the opposition benches is somewhat reluctant to move a resolution against the Prime Minister because it is not too sure about the vote count.
Because of the killing, the move against the Prime Minister may be delayed for a while but the vultures are waiting. The Prime Minister, too, have to think rather rethink about his priorities. And in case he has to borrow the agenda from PML (N) and implement it at gun point, he better place terrorism/extremism at its priority.