As of June 2014, the Pakistani army’s Operation Zarb-e-Azab along the Durrand line has taken the lives of 40,000 ethnic Pashtun civilians and internally displaced another 1 million. Entire cities and villages have been destroyed forcing people to flee the region; some 200,000 have crossed over into Afghanistan and the rest displaced in and around Peshawar.
UNHCR has tried its best to assist the migrants but the Pakistani army has made it very difficult if not impossible to enter the region and offer any assistance to civilians. International and local media is denied access to the area, specifically the North Waziristan (Wana, Miransha) region, in order to report the massive human rights violations on going.
The Zarb-e-Azab military operation was launched as a renewed effort against militancy; instead militants have been given a safe haven while civilians are being massacred. The situation this has created brings about an increase in militancy, insecurity and distrust of the government/army. The Pakistani army under the guise of “good Taliban” are fighting Pashtun nationalism by supporting these terrorists. Civilians are forced to leave their homes and migrate to the other side of the Durrand line/Afghanistan. This tension created in the region benefits terrorists groups to destabilize not only Afghanistan, but the Asian continent as a whole; specifically Southeast and Central Asia.
Since 2003, when Taliban regrouped in Pakistan in order to fight the ISAF forces in pursuit of Pakistan’s policy of strategic depth, Pakistan has been vehemently denying any role in this ongoing war. However; former Pakistani president and COAS, General Musharraf, in a recent interview, accepted the fact that Pakistan did support Taliban in their fight against the government of Hamid Karzai; whom Musharaf alleged to be anti- Pakistan. Even after the launching of Operation Zarb-e-Azb in June, 2014, both Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Army Chief General Raheel Sharif categorically stated that Afghan Taliban will also not be spared during this operation, but it is quite evident by now that Pakistan still regards Afghan Taliban as strategic assets and they were only relocated during the operation.
Publically, Sar Taj Aziz accepted that Afghan Taliban are set up in, and being supported by Pakistan. This means that Pakistan has not only supported, but aided in what Afghanistan has suffered over the past 14 years – they have allowed aggression against Afghanistan and its government from Pakistani territory. I am here to lend a voice the suffering Afghan civilians, who are suffering from a war supported by Pakistan’s government in Afghanistan. I beg the world to not turn a blind eye to this situation and to end Pakistan’s interference in Afghanistan. Condemn the proxy war played by Pakistan in my country
Afghanistan is on the verge of political collapse and imminent civil war, doomed to fall into the harsh conditions it found itself in the 90s. To further its own agenda, the government of Pakistan and its army has made victims of terrorism seem like terrorists. The question remains that will Pakistan be held accountable for its contribution to this collapse by the UN and other international entities that have been working for over a decade to bring peace and rebuild the war torn country.
I am here to be the voice of the innocent civilians, orphans and widows of this war waged by Pakistan against its own people and against Afghanistan. I am here to plead with the UN agency’s Human Rights Council to assist Afghans in creating a stable and prosperous Afghanistan by restraining Pakistan from its ongoing genocidal activities along the Durand line. I implore the council put a stop to the systematic operations launched by Pakistan along the border of Afghanistan; operations that have destroyed the homes and lives of those living on both sides of the Durand line.
I appeal now to this council that it should assign a special representative or commission to analyze the situation on both sides of the Durand line to determine what the ground realities of the recent military operations by Pakistan are and to share this information with the UN and Security Council for further investigation and Hearings.
View expressed in this article are of the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect Pajhwok’s editorial policy.