During the course of this week we have seen a major stir in the Pakistani political scenario after the “so-called” international alienation measures being taken by India in the international community against Pakistan. We have all been hearing about how it went down between DG ISI General Rizwan Akhtar and the government on the issue of diplomatic crisis being a result of state’s tolerance of non-state actors such as Jamat-ud-Dawaa, Jaish-e-Muhammad & Lashkar-e-Toiba. We can see a lot of discussion happening on the issue and the entities in question being criticized for their role in the Kashmir Cause. But is all this criticism just? Is it really meaningful in this current scenario when Kashmir stands at a very critical junction? Or is it only another kind of extremism which uses the pseudo typical approach to unleash it’s so commonly known rhetoric of painting everyone not on its agenda as terrorist, non-state actor or whatever else you might want to call it which would suggest a fancy threatening notion?

The phrase that is so commonly waved around as being the official policy of Pakistan “The good Taliban and bad Taliban” is nothing but a lowly way of teasing Pakistan’s stance in defending itself from enemies’ threats and countering their fourth and fifth generation warfare against Pakistan’s sovereignty. This almost means “the good terrorist and the bad terrorist”. There are no good Taliban and no bad Taliban in fact. It’s the ideologies that are the basis of this difference. Simply put, a person who does not adhere to Islamic principles but does appear to be a Muslim and believes in the Takfiri ideology (Pronouncing other innocent Muslims non-believers thus justifying their killing) are in fact not Muslims, period. They are terrorists and the Pakistan Army and the government has taken ample measures against such deviants by conducting massive successful combing operations as well as full scale military operations.

Now the so-called “good Taliban” are the ones that are labelled with this term just because they are practicing Muslims and adhere to Islamic principles. The people labelling them so are the ones following the worn out western media’s rhetoric of painting every practising Muslim as being a believer in extremist ideology. As of now even the West has realized that this was merely grey propaganda against Muslims throughout the world.

Now if we will succumb to India’s nagging over its own failures and its cover-ups over what heinous crimes against humanity it is conducting in Kashmir just because they are demanding their basic right to self-determination then it is a matter of shame for us. If India is subjecting us to diplomatic alienation just because we stand by our Kashmiri brothers or the so-called non-state actors have taken to resolving what the United Nations and the international community should have had done decades ago then it is more of a lesson to wake up and realize your enemies’ tricks rather than to start introspection and forget what the enemy plans to do. It is time to show unity not division.

Moreover, How can we justify calling people terrorists when their activities suggest otherwise and what definition of terrorism does it fit in with when we classify someone as being a terror threat? For example Hafiz Saeed and his organization Jamaat-ud-Dawaa and Falah-i-Insaniyat Foundation are not banned in Pakistan. And this is not because they have been exempted from any allegations rather this is because the Pakistani courts have not found a single evidence against them which would suggest that the organizations are terror threats. Then on what basis do people try to label such organizations as extremists? They have never been found to be promoting sectarian violence. They have openly declared suicide attacks as being Haram (Illegitimate). They have clearly shown their ideology to the world that killing any innocent human being (not just Muslims) is like killing the whole humanity. Then what part does translate into terrorism? Isn’t the role of these organizations during the last three decades a clearance in itself? Who makes us question what we already know?

On the other hand observing the whole picture we need to realize that even if these non-state actors do need to be brought under light then is it the right time to do so? Pakistan is going through unusual circumstances and the turmoil in Kashmir has to be answered. Rather than to surrender to India’s worthless propaganda shouldn’t we be countering it?

On top of that even if we as a nation need to take steps against such non-state actors then this should be done in the court of law. We can accuse someone of a wrongdoing but not victimize them based on our own judgements.

We need to question the core of this problem. If the United Nations had done its job then today there would not be any Lashkar-e-Toiba or Jaish-e-Muhammad. The priorities for Pakistan are to eliminate the Indian terrorism against innocent Kashmiris and countering India’s clandestine activities directed against Pakistan. Whether it be political, terrorist or diplomatic. Pakistan has every right to protect its integrity and sovereignty and Pakistan will answer to every sinister move India takes against us. For those who think that the world spins only the way they imagine it to be they should realize the importance of getting their facts straight and show some responsibility. Otherwise they themselves are extremists of another kind.

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Linguist and researcher by profession. Special interest in regional security issues of South Asia. Focus on threat analysis of Pakistan. Mission is to play his part in uplifting & presenting the true narrative Pakistan. Editor-in-Chief and founder www.groundzero.pk