Sanctions on Taleban

The world body’s spotlight falls on Pakistani Taleban. In what is widely termed as a belated move, the United Nations Security Council has slapped sanctions on the Pakistani Taleban, and designated them as another terrorist outfit in its swelling list of organisations that are a nuisance in affairs of peace and security.The point that the government of Pakistan, too, has supported the initiative goes on to underline the seriousness of the matter, and the resolve with which the international community is interested in arresting the rise and expansion of activities on the part of such unscrupulous elements.

Though the Security Council had primarily focused on an isolated incident — the failed bombing attempt on New York Times Square — in formulating its opinion about the deadly organisation, Pakistan unfortunately has been a theatre of massacre on their part, and has suffered intangibly. It now remains to be seen whether this notification ends up as a mere paper work in the annals of history or something substantial is achieved by squeezing the resources, influence and reach of the terrorist network that is virtual in locus standi but quite effective in its 
impact.

The move, ironically, has come at a time when the controversial war against terrorism is at the crossroads, and its stakeholders are busy in reworking its modalities. Washington’s gearing up of machinery to pull out of Afghanistan and the straining of relations with Pakistan over the May 1 Abbottabad affair are fraught with serious concerns. On the other hand, there has been a surge in activities on the part of Taleban on both sides of the divide, unleashing a new wave of bloodshed and destruction. In such a perspective, it is feared that further pushing to the wall of the impugned militia will be dire consequences and the world body, though well with in its right, has picked up the wrong time for its act.

This is more so because this comes juxtapose to the reconciliation efforts between the US administration and the Afghan Taleban, who are reported to be in parleys in the shadows. Similarly, the United Nations Security Council, of late, had split the list for Al Qaeda and the Afghan Taleban and with a stroke of pen declared 14 Taleban commanders as worthy for interaction, apparently in an attempt to entice them for peace talks. This is why merely slapping of sanctions would not work. The need of the hour is to throw open a two-pronged strategy wherein engaging the political elements on one hand, and nailing down the disgruntled ones could aptly work. Stereotyped approach is quite faulty. – Khaleejnews