In this episode of the program Ground Zero, aired on Khyber News, the host discusses Costs of War with the latest figures on indirect deaths resulting from these wars, emphasizing the significant toll they have taken on human lives.
He highlights the staggering number of individuals who have lost their lives directly due to war violence, as well as the even larger number affected by the reverberating effects of war. Siyar also sheds light on the alarming statistics of civilian casualties, war refugees, and displaced persons, painting a vivid picture of the profound impact these conflicts have had on innocent lives.
In order to provide a comprehensive analysis, Siyar delves into specific examples, such as the wars in Iraq and Syria. By exploring these case studies, the program aims to unveil the intricate complexities and consequences associated with these conflict zones.
The report reveals a shocking revelation: the number of deaths in post-9/11 war zones has surpassed a staggering 4.5 million. Siyar emphasizes the magnitude of the situation, pointing out that one million people have been directly affected by the wars, while a staggering 3.5 million have been indirectly affected. Furthermore, he brings attention to the vulnerable demographics that have borne the brunt of these conflicts, including children, elderly individuals, and men.
Siyar also highlights the importance of continued research and the production of comprehensive reports to gain a deeper understanding of the true effects of the war against terrorism. It is through such efforts that a more accurate assessment of the overall impact can be made.
Continuing the program, “Ground Zero” welcomes three distinguished guests via phone calls to provide their valuable insights. Dr. Qibla Ayaz, Chairman of the Council of Islamic Ideology, engages in a discussion with Siyar regarding negotiations and dialogue with the Afghan Taliban. Siyar specifically asks whether engaging in dialogue with the Taliban can effectively address the prevailing issues. Dr. Qibla Ayaz shares his experience of a previous dialogue session held in Kabul under the leadership of Mufti Taqi Usmani. He reveals that while the Taliban agreed to control terrorism activities and made promises to curb and end such acts, they ultimately failed to honor their commitments. Dr. Qibla Ayaz also mentions a subsequent agreement in Doha, where Afghan Amarat-e-Islami pledged not to allow Afghanistan to be used against any country.
➤ Dr. Qibla Ayaz further asserts that Afghan Amarat-e-Islami has the potential to exert control over the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). If successful in curbing their activities, TTP will be compelled to seek alternative destinations, thus minimizing their impact.
➤ Mr. Ihsan Ghani , Coordinator of the National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA), joins the conversation to shed light on the effectiveness and implementation of the National Action Plan (NAP). In response to Siyar’s inquiry, Mr. Ghani acknowledges that when initially implemented, NAP proved to be an effective strategy. However, he highlights two primary reasons for its diminishing impact: reduced focus from the government and a decrease in attention from law enforcement agencies. This lack of dedication has resulted in a decrease in NAP’s effectiveness over time.
➤ The program’s final guest is Syed Ali Shah , a senior journalist from Quetta, Balochistan. Siyar engages in a discussion with him regarding the alarming rise in terrorist activities in Balochistan. Siyar seeks to understand the underlying reasons behind this surge in violence. Syed Ali Shah identifies the activation of diversified groups as a primary cause, noting that it is not limited to the Taliban alone but also includes local Baloch groups and their internal conflicts . He emphasizes that target killings play a significant role in these acts of terrorism, exacerbating the overall security situation in the region.
In summary, Siyar Ali Shah skillfully initiates Season Two of “Ground Zero” by emphasizing its purpose: to address prevalent issues in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Afghanistan. Through engaging discussions, expert insights, and the sharing of comprehensive reports, the program aims to shed light on the profound consequences of post-9/11 wars. The invited guests, including Dr. Qibla Ayaz, Mr. Ihsan Ghani, and Syed Ali Shah, contribute their unique perspectives on negotiations with the Afghan Taliban, the effectiveness of the National Action Plan, and the underlying reasons behind the rise in terrorist activities in Balochistan. The program’s approach fosters a deeper understanding of these complex issues and their far-reaching impact on the affected regions and their inhabitants.