The tragedy that that has struck Quaid-e-Azam International Airport should serve as a wakeup call for all those who support talks with terrorists.
Peace negotiations with the TTP have helped strengthen their position, improve their ability as well as reach and spread their tentacles in the major urban and financial hubs.
This was observed in a meeting of PESA with its president Lt Gen Ali Kuli Khan in chair. Vice Admiral Ahmad Tasnim, Air Marshal Masood Akhtar, Lt Gen Naeem Akbar, Brig Mian Mahmud, Brig Masud ul Hassan and others were also present in the meeting.
The former military leaders said that the talks have served no purpose but to embolden terrorists while no change in their ideology has been noticed.
There should have been no doubt in any one’s mind that TTP leader Fazalullah would ever agree for peace with government of Pakistan as he is determined to avenge his crushing defeat in Swat and impose his flawed philosophy.
The security officials who laid down their lives to save people and assets by confronting the terrorists deserve all the praise, they said.
The military strategists said that despite division, the TTP has the ability to inflict damage to people and resources of Pakistan which should be taken seriously at the highest level as a government must demonstrate capability to defend its subjects.
The Karachi incident is the failure of police, CID and IB in particular, to break into gangs of terrorists, particularly their centres in cities, the former generals said.
They noted that police can only succeed if there is stability in tenures of senior police officers and all the investigating agencies in Pakistan are depoliticized.