One cannot even begin to imagine how hard it must be to hold the position of the Interior Minister of Pakistan. Restoring peace and stability in a country which is struggling to keep its head up against tide after tide of violence inflicted by religious militants is no joke. It is Mr Nisar Ali Khan who carries the immense weight of this responsibility. Having tactfully dealt with Chairman NADRA, Tariq Malik, to ensure that it is still his shoulders that carry the weight after the verification of votes cast in May 2013 elections, Mr Nisar has resurfaced to share his strategy. Some say it’s a flawed strategy. Others say it’s not a strategy at all. Mr Nisar strongly insists that it is real and good. But, whatever the case may be, we can take solace in the fact that the good minister is trying his best. Now, whether his best is good enough is an entirely different debate, which contains a few arguments for him, and many in favour of those who oppose him.

In his latest press conference, Mr Nisar revealed that the government would take action against anti-dialogue militants. The offer of peace talks will be extended to only those who “will give positive response and show sincerity, seriousness as well as responsibility, while those who will come forward with bullets, will be responded with bullets”. Who fits that description? No one better than the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). Anti-dialogue? Check. Lack of sincerity, seriousness and responsibility? Check. Respond to dialogue offers with bombs and bullets? Check. So, is Mr Nisar trying to tell us that the TTP must pay heed to the government’s offer or face the wrath of the mighty state? Not really, as everything else that he said indicates that the government is still adamant to ‘give peace a chance’. Admirable pacifism. The Dalai Lama must be proud. Mr Imran Khan definitely is.

Mr Nisar yet again attempted to bring everyone’s attention to the nefarious plans of the West, which was trying its best to derail the ‘peace process’ by conducting drone strikes in the country. He’s so right. The drones that killed SP, Ch Aslam on Lyarie expressway, and Aitzaz Hasan in Hangu, earlier this week, have greatly undermined the government’s sincere efforts towards holding dialogue with militants who refuse to be a part of it. But, that’s all good. There is no need for any drastic measures as they are reserved for desperate times. The fact that it could be much worse than it currently is, only tells us that the government will only further delay action. We must remain united, and become living (or, otherwise) symbols of patience, the spirit of sacrifice, and everything else that the government expects of us.