OP-ED

This is what people want …

Fakhri Al-Arashi

Fakhri al-Arashi

By Fakhri al-Arashi

Initially, at least. People have expressed satisfaction with the current security campaign and have demanded that it continue for at least a while longer – yes, even while extra military checkpoints create traffic jams.

The campaign has so far proven to be a remarkable success. One would-be murderer was prevented from carrying out a targeted assassination a few days ago. Another man was arrested and found to have a pistol equipped with a silencer in his possession.

My house sits less than a kilometer from my office; still, I need to pass by three to four security checkpoints just to reach my office nowadays. Even with this daily hassle, after hearing that the number of daily crimes which have left many dead in recent times has slowed down, I’m able to feel completely positive about the campaign.

The two men who were recently arrested may yet provide leads in investigations which seek to discover who exactly has been behind the spate of targeted killings.

I know that I’m not alone in supporting the campaign – far from it. People wish for security and stability, something which is very understandable in the midst of what gradually turned into a horrifying situation.

Yet even while people continue to support the new security campaign, they will not be able to accept delayed investigative reports; nor will they remain patient when it comes to the far-from-transparent available information regarding who and what is behind so many killings.

It’s a national case – not a VIP business situation, a land dispute or a matter of politics. It’s a subject which has left many families and children grieving following the killings of over 80 military personnel.

A message to the concerned authorities: People appeal to you to be honest with this.