The Center for Pakistan and Gulf Studies generated an online poll to assess public opinion on the impact of the recently launched operation ‘Radd-ul-Fassad’ in the wake of the new wave of terrorist attacks across Pakistan.

Critics have openly questioned the need for launching another operation, especially given the incomplete and haphazard implementation of National Action Plan. Interestingly, according to the result of the poll, a majority-72.5%-holds the view that operation Radd-ul-Fassad will prove to be effective for curtailing the new resurge in the terror attacks, while 18.2% think to the contrary. Additionally, 9.1% of the participants seem undecided. This implies that there is a need to take into confidence the undecided segments of the society in order to effectively accomplish the goals of this operation.

The main aim of launching the operation is to counter the residual and latent levels of terror threats, in addition to building on the accomplishments of the military operations launched previously. Specifically, this operation will focus on ensuring broad spectrum security in the province of Punjab, with, an emphasis on de-weaponization in the country and continuation of National Action Plan, as integral parts of the new military operation.

Broadly speaking, such operations have arguably attained some of their declared objectives; however, one limitation of such military operations is that they remain focused on achieving short-term goals rather than concentrating on eliminating the problems. Concerns must be addressed to make the operation Radd-ul-Fassad a success.