Even the sudden visit of PM Modi to Pakistan, in the recent past, seem to have no impact on how Pakistan is willing to deal with terrorism and India.
The second consecutive terrorist attack in Punjab within a span of few months explains how useless stand the bilateral talk attempts between the two neighbours. Even with the change of governance in India tough stands against terrorist attacks and people behind them seems like a distant dream. Repeated intelligence failure costing lives of army men and citizens is a matter of serious concern and speculation.
Is it not time threats to the nation be dealt as strictly as possible ?
Pakistan has decided to ban 10 terror outfits which includes JuD which is led by Hafiz Saeed, alleged mastermind of Mumbai 26/11 attacks & Afghan deadly terror group the Haqqani Network.
After Tehreek-e-Taliban’s leader Mullah Fazlullah (the group which attacked an Army School in Peshawar and killed more than 150, mostly students) has been declared as a ‘Specially Designated Global Terrorist’ by the USA, Pakistan took stern steps to ban terror outfits in the country.
Until recently Pakistan has been constantly defending “Hafiz Saeed” and has always denied taking strict steps against terrorist outfits who frequently attack India. Still it is tough to decide if the deadly Peshawar Army School attack has taught Pakistan its share of lessons.
Its time the world understands terror has no religion.
French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo faced a ruthless terror attack on January 7th 2015 which killed twelve people, including the editor Stéphane “Charb” Charbonnier, seven other Charlie Hebdo employees, and two national police officers.Three armed men reportedly forced in the offices of the publication and opened fire.
Charbonnier was in the hit list of terrorist outfit Al-Qaeda since long. Known for its cartoons and jokes not only on Islamic leaders and Prophet Muhammad but also on Catholicism and Judaism other than politics and culture, the newspaper, its editor and cartoonists have been attracting controversy since long.
The question is : is religion bigger than humanity ? Is satire and criticism so lethal that it has to be responded back with bloodshed ? Does a critic not give us an opportunity of introspection ? And above all, can guns really win hearts of human beings and its Creator- the Supreme for whom some have self-licensed themselves to kill fellow humans ?
Meanwhile, there has been a strong response from political cartoonists community worldwide against this attack which indicates, may be, guns can scare pencils and brushes but not so much that they will stop drawing. Here are links of cartoons against the attack :
12 Cartoons worldwide in response to Charlie Hebdo shooting
Below are my favourite Indian cartoonists who reacted against the massacre in their ways:
Cartoons by Kirtish Bhatt
Facebook page of popular Indian cartoonist Satish Acharya on the killings of cartoonists.
A toon by popular cartoonist Manjul and Manoj Kureel on the attack.
A toon on The Hindu depicting the incident.
PM Dr Manmohan Singh is on his visit to the US to attend the UN General Meeting in New York.He had a word with President Obama regarding continued terror attack on India. Dr Singh claimed Pakistan remained the epicentre of terrorism and President Obama promised Dr Singh, ‘frank’ words with Pakistani PM, Nawaz Sharif,on the terror issue.