By Marwa Mehboob.
I prefer peace but if the trouble must come, then let it come in my time so that my children can live in peace – Thomas Paine
Pakistan Army under the command of Gen. Raheel Sharif made significant success against WoT. His sense of strategic war in which long term, grand strategic objectives were sought resulting in the heavy loss of terror groups expanded in different parts of the country. Tactical application of force was directed to exterminate the terror hubs through a massive op, Zarb-e-Azb. The ultimate goal was to introduce the notion of indiscriminate war against the terrorists. We can say that the use of force was a tactical means to the achievement of larger strategic objectives. Had Gen Raheel Sharif not introduced this new way of operation against the insurgency the peace would not only have been impossible, it would have been unthinkable.
The end of Gen. Raheel’s tenure was a perplexed scenario. Many questions especially regarding the continuation of Operation Zarb e Azb were put forward. The nation fully supported the aggressive stance being taken by Gen. Raheel and thus wanted the next COAS to continue with the same strategy. With the change of command, Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa also made it clear that the operation against the enemies of this soil shall proceed in the same way and no shelter would be given to the terrorists.
War, after all, is never an end in itself. It is, as Clausewitz reminds us, always a method, never a goal.
With Qamar Javed Bajwa as new Commander in Chief of Pak Army it was essential and was equally crucial to give the message to our enemies that only the face has changed but the mission to clear every inch of this soil from the menace of terrorism stands first. Subjective to terror attacks which happened one after another in order to create panic and cause maximum casualties, it was required to give a befitting response to the odds through an op like Zarb-e-Azb.
Considering the new wave of terrorism in the country, Army’s Media Cell, ISPR gave a statement of starting an ‘Op Radd-ul-Fasaad. General Asif Ghafoor the Director General of Inter Services Public Relations said,”The operation is aimed at indiscriminately tackling terrorism in the form of operations by Rangers in Punjab and continuation of ongoing operations across the country.”
We have witnessed in Operation Zarb e Azb that once the operation was harnessed to strategic objectives, it became possible to expand its application which resulted in maximum destruction of terror networks. Many sacrifices were made in Operation Zarb e Azb. Both Officers and Jawans created history of unmatchable bravery. The success of Operation Zarb e Azb was a result of competent leadership and equally devoted and passionate soldiers of Pak Army. No one can challenge the fact that Pak Army gained the reputation of an institutionalize Military Excellence in the development of a professional officer and carrying operational tasks which was very much evident through the outcome of Operation Zarb e Azb. It was not only a sacrificial effort of Pak Army rather it was a joint and disciplined move of all the armed Forces including Pak Navy and Pak Airforce. Combating terrorism from all 3 fronts was never an easy task but the will to fight for their motherland and holding an undying faith in Allah Almighty kept the spirits high and assured the death of unjust.
After all these years of facing and combating terrorism with a great loss of so many dear lives, we have been jolted into action once again in the form of Op Radd-ul-Fassad. This again would require Logistics ,Planning and a great deal of hard work and passion not only at a military level but also by creating harmony among civil -military relationship as this would give a psychological edge to both the institutions on international level giving a solid and stable picture of Pakistan.
Operation Radd-ul-Fassad is undoubtedly a great challenge for New Commander In Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa. His expertise, leadership qualities and decision making power shall be exposed by the conduct of this military operation. Pak Army has proved that they are fighting against the enemies of Islam and have classically proven the right ideology of Islam by negating the false apprehension of faith and giving the right meaning and powerful idea of Jihad as per Holy Book “Quran Pak.” This at the heart of the Islamic law means, to endeavor, to strive, to struggle. This has also helped in diffusing the wrong perception of Islam and Muslims who the West believes are responsible for the terrorism in the entire world.
Our Military forces have proved that their war is a worthy endeavor and this armed struggle is for Islam and against infidels and apostates. This latest Op Radd-ul-Fassad sets a threat for the enemy who is behind this insurgency. Our security forces have launched this operation to counter militant wings all across the country. Hopefully, Our nation shall soon witness the complete eradication of terrorists from this land of Pure with the success of operation Radd-ul-Fassad as it still adhere to the Islamic Principles and traditions by keeping alive the legacy of Prophet Muhammad S.A.W.
Marwah Mehboob writes on social and political issues and is a media analyst. She can be reached at Twitter; @marwahmehboob