Terms of the â€˜surrenderâ€™ to terrorists Only those Taliban and the residents of Waziristan deserve some facilities that convince the nation of being law abiding Leaked out in an English daily are the terms offered to the Taliban for the so-called negotiations. The information does not seem to have been carried by any other newspaper. The dateline was October 12, 2013, from Washington, reported by the editor himself! Since then the information seems to have been hushed up. Here I share with the readers what appeared in that paper as â€œThe Blueprint of a package deal with Talibanâ€. â€œWithout disclosing the names and contents, I can write the points of the package, which look like a huge big cake with cream all over it, which may cost Islamabad some billions for a few years, but in return, the peace that may come will bring back many more billions elsewhere in the economy, investment, industry, trade and other areas that have fallen on the sidelines because of the law and order situation. These offers include: 1. A completely cost-free supply of electricity and gas in all of FATA. 2. Supply of petrol and food items at highly subsidised and reduced prices. 3. A total tax-free and duty-free status to FATA for setting up any industry for at least 10 years. This should include an incentive package for Pakistani entrepreneurs to build suitable industries in FATA. 4. Like many Arab countries, a local partner must be given free 15-20 percent shares in these industries, and in return, he should ensure a secure and workable environment for the industry to run. 5- Mandatory employment of locals with a minimum wage of Rs 20,000 on at least 50 percent jobs thus created. If locals are not available, outsiders may be given these jobs. 6. Free education for FATA children within FATA and in universities inside Pakistan, to be paid by the Government of Pakistan. 7. Free setting up of quality hospitals in these areas where local doctors should run the affairs. 8. All youth, over the age of 18, boys and girls, should be given an unemployment allowance of at least Rs 15, 000 a month until they find a job, within FATA or in Pakistan or abroad. 9. Generous no-interest loans be provided to locals for business, transport and economic activities in their areas including duty-free import of buses and vans registered in FATA. 10. All FATA residents, with valid ID cards, must get 30-50 percent discount in airlines, railways and other government transport systems. These subsidies should be picked up by the government. 11. At least 2,000 FATA residents should be sent on Hajj and Umra visits every year at no cost. 12. All FATA agencies should be restructured into smaller units where local leaders should be declared as nazims, mayors, ameers or whatever name they like, and local affairs should be allowed to be handled by them under shariah or local tribal laws, customs and traditions through jirgas and ulema councils. 13. The militants in these areas, with their arms, should be regularised as law enforcement forces of their respective areas. They should be given proper training and assistance by Pakistan where and when needed. There are some other concessions and points in the package as well. This package comes to several billion rupees every year but it is a long-term investment in the future of FATA and Pakistan. What the Taliban should give in return is an assurance that violence and fighting will stop everywhere; an environment of peace will be created for all this to be achieved; Pakistanâ€™s territorial sovereignty will be accepted and FATA people will continue to use the Pakistani passport as their travel document.â€ I have reproduced this â€˜offerâ€™ for the benefit of the readers who can form their own opinions. If these offers are true then some very critical questions arise: Is this a reward: (a) For raising arms against the state? (b) For creating terrorism with the support of the enemies of Pakistan and killing peaceful citizens? And, (c) Are we sending a message to the people of all underdeveloped areas of Pakistan to follow suit and rebel against the state to achieve development targets? Balochistan is already prepared to follow suit. So may be the Punjabi Taliban! Offers 1, 2, 9, 10 are completely unacceptable and unfair to the nation, and number 13 is potentially very dangerous. Other offers need rationalisation. Agreed, Waziristan needs development, but that is needed evenly in all areas of Pakistan. If the offer is made to the Waziristan terrorists, then the hope that there will be ultimate peace to compensate the â€˜investment costâ€™ is far from reality. The example will be followed by other â€˜have-notsâ€™, including the Punjabi Taliban, as a successful blackmail tool. Terror will continue. All that the rebels need are guns, which will be supplied by Pakistanâ€™s enemies easily. If this continues then what else is a civil war? What will be the future of Pakistan? Donâ€™t the peaceful citizens and those who subject themselves to the constitution of the country deserve these facilities before the Taliban do? Particularly, healthcare and quality education! The Taliban should in fact pay a price for the reign of terror they unleashed. Only those Taliban and the residents of Waziristan deserve some facilities that convince the nation of being law abiding. Why only the born again ex-terrorists are rewarded? If they do not prove their loyalty beyond doubt, then the state should apply full force and clear the country of its enemies. The COAS should ensure that the reward is only available to those who are peaceful, and who respect and adhere to the constitution of Pakistan. Otherwise, the COAS will risk being remembered as a major player in this â€˜surrenderâ€™. The Pakistan armed forces cannot and should not let the country set an example for others to organise rebellions and blackmail for concessions. The writer is the former CEO Pakistan National Council of the Arts; chairman Fruit Processing Industries; chairman UNESCO Theatre Institute Pakistan and COO ICTV, USA. He is the author of Melluhas of the Indus Valley 8000 BC to 500 BC. He can be reached at [email protected] Daily Times - Leading News Resource of Pakistan ***************************************************************** This is a media coup that indicates the national frustration of a problem. The terms are indeed very debilitating to an already economically bankrupt Pakistan. The nation and its government are open to blackmail for all, and apparently they are at a loss to find a solution beyond paying the ransom for all the misdeeds they did to cause this issue in the first place.