Hafiz Saeed's Release Points to a Paradigm Shift in Pakistan


While the Pakistani authorities now make for other grounds and cases to put the dreaded Hafiz Saaed back under house arrest, the Lahore High Court seems to have found no case, substantive enough to put the mastermind of 26/11 terror attacks of Mumbai under detention.

Saeed, is the man who is running a frontier political outfit of the banned Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT), Jammat-ud-Dawa. The core political issues of this front remains ultra right, which also claims a right in the ‘struggle for independence in Kashmir’.

The Indian government provided the Pakistani government with proofs of Saeed’s involvement in the Mumbai attacks and further the Pathankot, and Uri incidents as well. Pakistan also saw the US declaring a bounty on Haafiz Saeed, which not only harmed Pakistan’s international reputation but made it look like a dwarf in the Arab world as well.

China though blocked a concerted move to ban LeT and JuD in the UN, citing lack of conclusive evidence, India raised its support for declaring Pakistan a manufacturing hub for terrorism, the call thus has been resonated by many countries in the global fraternity.

The recent stepping down of Nawaz Sharif on corruption charges has put the state into a suspended animation, where the rulers are deemed to have been stationed at Rawalpidi, instead of Islamabad. The civilian government growing weaker by the day, the military has again started playing stronger roles in decision-making of the state as of now.

The recent strike by the TLP and the release of Hafiz Saeed, point towards the state backed right-wing extremists who have been stealing the show lately. The Pakistani state has been acting as a bystander when the right-wing parties have taken to their show of power. The release of Hafiz Saeed, now has a serious future in store for Pakistan.

Though the government is trying to frame him under some other case and put him back in detention, Pakistan has failed to act against him on the evidence provided to him by the Indian government. The international pressure as it exists today on Pakistan, where it has lost all credence, and China has been the only ally left with it, the move will call the ire of the entire fraternity.

The Pakistani civilian government has come to a halt, and the state of affairs is keeping gloomy since then. With Musharraf fraying into active politics and Imran Khan vying for a stint at the national politics, the battle field will see new entrants from the rising right wing of Pakistan also.

The most peculiar aspect of the right-wing parties of Pakistan is the support they enjoy from the military, which makes ISI a training facility for non-state entities. Pakistan has engaged war with India and Afghanistan using proxies, and this has continued, but with the rising clamours of a decisive leader emerging in Pakistan, the future will find better alternatives, lest the military rule.

The international pressures on Pakistan seem to be weakening with the Chinese extending help to the ailing nation, at more than one occasion, through every possible means. This facilitates a paradigm shift where Pakistan is moving towards a defiant nation while allowing the right-wing to stay in the mainstream political discourse for not very optimistic ends. The philosophic narrative of Pakistan will have to forged with new ideas to put anti-human individuals like Saeed, who get state support in dungeons, rather on the streets.


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