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Weapons of self-destruction

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06.05.2017

WERE there to be a ranking of the most self-destructive people around, we’d be high up on the list, perhaps even on top, and our favourite shoot- ourselves-in-the foot weapon would be Twitter — though this is not to say that social media is the only preferred weapon of self-destruction (WSD).

As if it weren’t enough that we constantly reach out for WSDs, consider the global and regional environment in which we do it. All considerations for the long-term well-being of the country are shunned; personal and institutional gain in a futile power game is held supreme.

All this as India continues to make hostile noises, with its elected politicians and military high command threatening Pakistan, as its security forces struggle to contain the latest popular uprising in India-held Kashmir despite the use of disproportionate force including the shooting of unarmed young protesters.

Maryam Nawaz had started out steadily but of late seems to be receiving very unwise advice.

On the other hand, whether it is the result of our past policy blunders or the current alleged duplicity, we continue to alienate Afghanistan and push it into the welcoming arms of arch-rival India. Is this where our regional security challenges end?

Not quite. Let us remind ourselves of when the then army chief Gen Raheel Sharif decided to deliver an aggressive and robust message in the wake of Kulbhushan Jadhav’s capture to the visiting Iranian president, the details of which were tweeted by his spokesman.

Of course, it was mere embarrassment then for both the visiting dignitary........

© Dawn