"Terrorism" has been defined as an organised system of
intimidation or the practice of using violence to obtain
political demands. But in the world of today this word has
acquired deeper and wider meanings. Now terrorists indulge
in suicide bombing, mass murders ,burglaries, arson, hijacking, kidnapping, for ransom, and torture of the worst order.
All this is happening not in some particular country but almost all the countries of the world are facing the most horrible threat of violence. Terrorists are operating with impunity with no regard to justice or injustice. One can recall the English Philosopher,
Thomas Hobbes, who in 1651 described human life in the following Words:
"No arts; no letters; no society; and which is the worst of all, continual fear and danger of violent death, and the life of man, solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short"
Isn't this the social and political milieu we are living in today? In Pakistan, terrorism has assumed a frightening form .Every day the newspapers carry horrible stories of organized violence, murders, bomb blasts, rapes corruption, torture and brutality. People are now divided aloong the lines of ethnicity, sect, tribe, clan and biradari-based politics. Pessimism, mistrust, hostility and cynicism are rampant. Vast areas of the country are beyond the pale of the law.Tish deplorable and alarming situation demands serious and sincere consideration and some instant solution.But before trying to find out some viable solution to this problem we must analyse the factors that are causing this evil to spread so rapidly and widely. In Pakistan there are three main causes of terrorism: Political,religious and economic. More than 80% of our population is illiterate. They cannot distinguish between good and bad. So they can easily fall a prey to temptation or intimidation. Our selfish and power-hungry politicians take advantage of their simplicity and stupidity.They put sush slogans in their mouth...