Neither the interior ministry of Pakistan, nor the government of Punjab could provide legal evidence proving the role of Hafiz Saeed, JuD and FiF in undermining the security within Pakistan, or international peace. Perhaps they did not want to. The primary objective was to address the international concerns of Pakistan being seen as “doing more” on counter-terror front
What was the couple doing in Afghanistan? And why did it take so many years for the US to get them released? Why couldn’t their release been negotiated earlier, when there were other individuals who got to walk free? Given the fact, the couple have children, shouldn’t they been the priority for the Afghan, American and Canadian governments? Finally, was there a military operation in the Pakistani soil, or they were released after a settlement between Pakistani agencies and the Huqqanis?
While the Sunni militants have been gunning for control in Parachinar, unfortunately, the State – both the military and political establishments pursued an Ostrich approach. Both explained the problem in Parachinar as that of “terrorism” and blamed others. The political establishment, even today lives in a state of ignorance; it is unfortunate, that even today, none from the political leadership has visited Parachinar.