AFTER the Second World War, the sensational rises of militant factions have caused not only global panic but also insecurity. They have also a prominent role for the alteration of geopolitics. One of the biggestalliances since the US invasion for Afghanistan in 2001 has created with the coalition of 62 nations including Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and all other gulf states in the anti-IS campaign. Most surprising, the most two traditional enemies- Iran and US- are actively engaged in talks that what they should do to confront their common threat in the shape of ISIS.
Writing a letter before some month to Iran’s supreme leader Ayatullah Ali Khamnai, Barak Obama stated that both countries (Iran and US)had common interests in fighting against IS .Active co-operation between Washington and Tehran may not only change geo-political scenario but also defeat or decrease IS’ influence in the region. Most worrying is the involvement of the foreign fighters in the conflict on large scale.
According to the report of UNO, 15000 fighters have come from more than 80 countries in Iraq and Syria to be a part of ISIS that is rapidly converting into Global Jihad. To get inspiration from radical Islamists throughout the world, the fighters arrived at Iraq and Syria from those countries that have claimed to remain far from Islamic militancy and not to be a part of global terrorism.
The UN did not list those countries’ origin of the fighters but it is being expected that foreigner militants are from Western European countries as Britain, France, Germany and Russia, Latin America. Since 2011, more 500 British citizens travelled the region to join IS.
It is a turning point that a large number of foreign fighters’ participation from different lands in the conflict which are extremely, culturally and ethnically do not have compatibility, is a cause of serious concern. The amount is soaring day by day and it is being conceived that due to weakness of Al-Qaida and Osama’s death the militant faction is getting prominence throughout the globe where its fighters were working. Financially, ISIS is a very strong faction due to its occupation on oil-fields and it controls estimated 1millIon daily in Iraq and Syria. The Present dangerous scenario not only for Iraq and Syria but also for whole globe is when those foreigner fighters will go back to their hometowns; they will disrupt peaceful environment by their militant activities.
However, our government is denying the influence of IS but facts depict reality, the footprints of IS appeared in Pak and to following the report thousands of followers of IS are from KP districts and tribal areas who are using their influence to expand sectarian strife by the plate forum. I have no appropriate words to express my feelings on it due to my nationalistic approach. In short, negation of Pakistan and Quaid.e.Azam was mentioned in bad manners and the rise of IS in Pakistan was also mentioned. With the emergence of IS in Pakistan, the situation can be worst in the region to root extremism and terrorism out from our society.
So, it is my exhort that our government should take precautionary steps not only to root out terrorism and extremism by religious harmony but also to tide over the new rising militant factions in order to gain their inhuman and illegal interests on gunpoint. I hope one day the nation will rise above all these religious and ideological so-called conflicts which are disturbing Pakistan’s social order and the day will come when all and sundry will live in a peaceful country and world without any fear of blast.
—The writer is freelance columnist based in Lahore.
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