Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Monday, May 25th, 2020

Curbing Terrorism and Extremism Aptly

Nothing has influenced Afghan society as much as insecurity and terrorism. The country was turned into a battle ground by super power to show their dominance in the region. Later the civil war targeted the country and made the poor people suffer because of its ugly outcomes. Soon after that Taliban gained power and made the society further suffer backwardness and religious extremism. Both these factors blocked all the ways towards peace and stability. However, since the downfall of Taliban, there have been expectations that the country would move towards a certain level of stability. But, that does not seem to be coming.
Even today, the country is largely influenced by religious extremism and terrorism. It does not only target the innocent people who suffer because of lack of opportunities for a secure life but also challenge the entire security apparatus within the country. The authorities responsible for peace and security do not seem to have any idea of how to face the overgrowing security challenges; whereas, insecurity and terrorism give rise to many other types of social evils that have the capacity to further disturb the society.  
Afghanistan faces huge and massive social issues, primarily due to terrorism as we have openly let the militant groups to carry out their business in accordance to their will. So militancy and anarchy furnish and grow as powerful as a second state or system within the state.
In fact, the different regional players with the help of the extremists in the country sponsored a mindset that flourished the militancy. The seeds that were sown were bound to turn into trees and bear fruits, which currently we are reaping – there are many factions in our country who promote extremism and militancy as the rudimentary and essential ideology. The so-called clerics condemn the state for the control measures and salute the extremists despite their relationships with the greedy powers, while our government does not have even the courage to curse the extremism explicitly. They have been very lenient to them and have no other option but to be apologetic. Nation is put to the dilemma and paradoxes, only to give time to the so-called reconciliation and peace process, which is nowhere to be seen. What has, in fact, been achieved is growing terrorism, militancy and bloodshed of innocent people. 
While cruelty is being silent, giving the misinformation is worse. Where the worst crime is having the responsibility and power to control and still doing nothing. While the response to such a crime is not closing eyes, which we all are doing at the moment. Despite the knowledge of the truth and false, manipulation of the events as a second theorem is only an eye wash to keep the nation in worse condition and to promote the agenda of the enemy of the nation.
The authoritative people in our country need to understand that with great power comes great responsibility. They have to use their authorities not to dodge the common people but to guarantee for them a better life as they have promised to do so while acquiring their positions. 
Some, not all, of the centers of the Islamic education called Madrassas are responsible for feeding the young and empty minds with terrorism, which leads to the militancy in return. These centers were once supported and sponsored by the internal extremists and external players.
The history is not very kind and it has proved that the lethal weapon of terrorism that was made in our country is now targeting our new generation. The fact is we cannot slay the giant we have fed! But now, the time has reached - the gift of the terrorism that is being exchanged from hand to hand, from the generation to the next, has to be stopped.
This cancer of the nation will be death of the nation unless we take the proper parameters and promote the unity, moderation and education. If we promote harmony and equality to achieve social equity then surely we will get rid of the menace of terrorism. We require strengthening the economy of each individual among the 95% of the nation, rather than strengthening the pockets of the 5% elite, else this cancer will not leave them alive even. And, then we have to be hopeful that one day, the tears and the blood, the sigh and the hopelessness will bring the change, which will be proved by slaps on face of the cruel and their supporters; this nation will decide who lives and who dies, who is socially evil and who is good, who is responsible and who is culprit. And the day is soon to come when justice and freedom will be restored and all the people of the country will have better opportunities to live their lives with peace and tranquility.