Terrorism in America
The current situation is certainly a challenge for
By AMANULLAH BASHAR
Sep 17 - 23, 2001
Man's inhumanity to man...makes countless thousands
mourn. This is what exactly happened in New York and Washington when the
World Trade Centre, one of the tallest building was razed to the ground
and the Pentagon was partially damaged in a well planned gory drama
claiming thousands of precious lives on Tuesday.
Some unknown men launched a simultaneous air attack
against US political and financial centres with 4 hijacked aircraft. Two
of the hijacked planes slammed into the World Trade Center, razing it to
the ground in New York; another crashed into the Pentagon and the fourth
one in Pennsylvania. The exact number of deaths in this devastating
attack is yet to be known however the loss of the precious human lives
is feared to be in thousands.
President George Bush has said that US had taken all
appropriate steps to protect the American people. "Make no mistake,
the United States will hunt down and punish those responsible for these
cowardly acts," Bush said.
President General Pervez Musharraf has also strongly
condemned what he called "the most brutal and horrible terrorist
attack. In his message to President of United States, George Bush, Gen.
Pervez Musharraf said that the people and government of Pakistan deeply
mourn the enormous and unprecedented loss of lives in the terrorist
attack. "We share the grief of the American people in this grave
national tragedy. We strongly condemn this most brutal and horrible act
of terror and violence." President said the world must unite to
fight against terrorism in all its forms and root out this modern day
evil, "at this moment of shock and tragedy."
It is the need of the hour that all peace loving
countries, believing in true nationality is mankind, should react
promptly against whosoever sheds man's blood or crushes the human
values. In order to inject such kind of spirit, more responsibilities
rest on the developed nations to brush aside all sorts of considerations
for the countries involved in violence or terror so that the smaller or
developing nations could join hands against terrorism. We should realize
the pinch of others also and not the bite of our own shoes alone.
It is encouraging that Colin Powell, Secretary of
State has said on Friday that US would not make a distinction between
terrorist organizations and those regimes and countries that sheltered
them or provided help to them. He said that this message is to the
Taliban as well as other regimes, to the extent they were providing
sanctuary to organizations like Osama bin Laden's that were attacking
civilization, was that "you cannot separate our activities from
those of the perpetrators". General Powell said Osama bin Laden was
one of the suspects, but investigations were continuing and there was no
single organization or individual that had been identified. This seemed
to dilute his categorical declaration that bin Laden was the main
In building up an international coalition, the US was
looking at what was within the capacity of each country to do. If it was
found that a country was providing a haven to and aiding terrorists and
was unresponsive, then America's relations with that country would be
affected, he indicated. He said responsiveness to the crisis was the
"new benchmark" that would determine US ties with other
Pakistan has its own security and economic concerns
especially in the light of past experience on account of violence in
Indian held Kashmir and Afghan front. The continued acts of violence in
Indian held Kashmir and influx of refugees from Afghanistan and Kashmir
have paralyzing effects on the economy.
Investigations into the attacks on New York and the
Pentagon in Washington appear more and more to be focusing on Osama bin
Laden. Now the Washington wants to use Pakistan's land to act against
the suspects in Afghanistan. A list of "concrete actions" that
it expects Islamabad to take in connection with the action being
contemplated against those it believes are responsible for Tuesday's
attacks on New York and the Pentagon. President Bush has said the United
States would give Pakistan a chance to cooperate with these moves and in
hunting down the terrorists responsible.
The complexities of the situation are billowing again
over Pakistan. The people of Pakistan are passing a tough time of their
history for revival of country's economy and to live respectfully among
the comity of nations.
However, being the sufferer of such acts of
terrorism, Pakistan can feel the pain of such acts of blood shed. People
of Pakistan have experiences of blood shed due to Indian aggressions in
1947, 1965, 1971 and 80s on Afghanistan front in support of the United
States against the aggression by the then Soviet Union. It is natural to
this country to condemn all acts of inhumanity.
Whether by the Jewish groups, pampered by the
Government of Israel in Palestine, by the Indian military forces against
innocent Kashmiris or ghastly act of terrorism in Bosnia, right in the
heart of Europe. It is the time that the US should also realize the
agony of the people subjected to the violence and terror in different
parts of the world.
Pakistan's sufferings on account of terror and
violence are immense. On the economic front, the nation is swamped by
the huge foreign debt and the poor are paying the cost. The current
situation is certainly a challenge for Pakistan leadership to smooth its
way to the safer zones. The nation however has always risen to the
occasion in the hours of need.