Continuing in the spirit of the Truth Tracker’s first issue, which came out earlier this month, our competent team highlights the promises made by the governments, and the progress of their fulfilment in this second fortnightly issue. In addition to monitoring pre-election promises made by the PML-N and PTI, this issue also touches upon allegations from various parties and tries to unveil the real picture based on facts. The development of the Multan Metro Bus project has been brought to light, and the government’s promises of ‘breaking the begging bowl’ has been covered. Imran Khan’s statement about the exorbitant amount of money spent on the Prime Minister’s personal residence and its security has been fact-checked while also addressing accusations against his family for using government’s resources to which they are not entitled. All this is just the tip of the iceberg that constitutes November’s second issue of Truth Tracker.
Its first story discusses the National Action Plan which was enforced in January 2015, as a consequence of the deadly attack on Army Public School, Peshawar. The gruesome nature of the attack prompted the Army and the government into cooperative action. Although it was an attempt to curb terrorism, the concerned parties continue to be divided amongst themselves, as is evident in their confused policies, which fail to effectively ban extremist outfits and the organisations facilitating them. Their failure to eliminate extremist elements has marred the progress of the National Action Plan, and hinders the eradication of terrorism. These militant groups still enjoy ‘untouchables’ status because of the wrong policies and partial implementation of NAP. True to its purpose, Truth Tracker analyses the advancement of the National Action Plan and the perplexity that hinders affirmative action, which in turn results in the projection of mixed signals.
These mixed signals may lead to a serious confrontation between the state and militant groups or may trigger chaos in the society. Still, we have time to stop further damage to the state and society by formulating a consensus policy against terrorists, their financers, supporters and apologists.