Is terrorism really just about extremists who believe in barbaric violence? Or are there systems that overtly and covertly support groups and people who wish to perpetrate violence?
The video of a Pakistani woman asking these very questions in the context of Pakistan has gone viral on YouTube. She asks how, when people in Pakistan talk about terrorism, they refrain from mentioning the role of the military even as they discuss the role of state and non-state actors in other countries.
Pakistan has a history of military coups, with allegations against the state and the army for supporting terror activities.
Watch the video here, with the translation below:
It is unclear if the video is recent, however, it was uploaded by the YouTube channel ‚ÄėViral in India‚Äô on October 10. It has clocked over 1.3 million views since.
Here‚Äôs a translation of the points the girl raises:
‚ÄúI find it intriguing that we talked about terrorism in Pakistan for ten minutes, but without a single mention of the military. We spoke about America, India, social circumstances, even the corrupt government‚Ä¶ but we need to look at the history and learn from it: the history of terrorism in Pakistan is linked to the army to quite an extent.
Zia-ul-Haq and ‚Äúcorrupt politicians‚ÄĚ were in power when the Afghan war started. Terrorism was supported and the Taliban created for our own political and vested interests. It is important to talk about the military‚Äôs role here. No institution is sacred, not the judiciary, not the politicians and not the military. I am not talking about a normal ‚Äėfauji‚Äô (soldier) but the military elite, which exists the same way as the political elite, media elite, and even a judicial elite.
It‚Äôs important to talk about all of them instead of censoring the conversation. That‚Äôs why we need to scrutinize the military‚Äôs role in history and what it can learn from it so that it does not adopt the same role in the future.‚ÄĚ