Islamic State in the region may be a smaller group when compared to the Taliban. But should the size matter, when fighting a militant group? Does the strength of matter while confronting a virulent ideology that is targeting the fundamental fabric of our society?
Three issues/questions are pertinent in this context: is the Daesh, with its base in Syria and Iraq is looking for new recruits and regions, or are the individuals and groups in South Asia see the IS as an opportunity and using its banner as an IS franchisee? Second, what circumstances in South Asia enable our youths to get influenced by the IS? Third, is the region helpless in addressing the IS threat, or, are there certain inherent strengths in our society to fight radical groups and ideologies?
After a spate of horrific terror attacks in Punjab, Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), Pakistan has launched a new counter-terrorism offensive – Raddul Fasaad. The scope of the new military operation is larger than the previous Zarb-e-Azb. Will it succeed where Zarb-e-Azb failed? Or, will the Raddul Fasaad create more problems and have unintended fallouts for Pakistan?
Now having initiated an action against the individuals and organisations associated with Hafiz Saeed, will Pakistan follow it through? Or, will this witness what happened previously – house arrest, court case, dreadful investigation and insufficient proof leading to Hafeez getting a clean legal chit?