There has been a rumor that foreign hand is involved in G-B’s unrest, but in reality this menace of sectarianism is home grown and religious zealots are responsible for this mayhem and uncertainty. G-B police Inspector General Hussain Asghar has denied any foreign involvement. He said “I don’t think there is any foreign hand involved in the sectarian riots. The key thing in my understanding is the high rate of literacy without employment opportunities, which allows the frustrated youth to be easily used by some elements.” Recent sectarian violence in peace loving G-B is an eye opener for the government of Pakistan. This is the time that they must take effective steps on emergency basis to ensure peace in G-B. Government must establish industries in G-B and engage unemployed youth; otherwise our young generation in G-B may indulge in sectarianism.
The Ulema of both sects must come forward and play their due role and ease situation in G-B.
Civil society must also play a positive role and try to bridge gaps between both sects and promote inter-sect peace, harmony and tolerance.
Major political parties must also work for the stability of this region and should never allow their vested interests to override the peace of G-B.
Religious parties in G-B must also promote peace, love and harmony between both sects. Regular dialogue and avoidance of hate speeches can do the trick.
Last but not least, G-B is blessed with enormous natural resources. There is enormous potential in agriculture, hydro power, mineral and tourism sector in G-B. With peace in G-B these natural resources could be utilized for the betterment of the people.
Author is Research Fellow at South Asian Strategic Stability Institute Islamabad/London and can be reached at Masood.email@example.com