Shunned by every government office he knocked on the door of, Fareed Khan from Pakistan had no other choice but to turn to the terrorist organization, Tehreek-e-Taliban, for the recovery of his 11-year-old son.
Are the Pakistani authorities so ineffective that people must now seek justice from terrorist organizations? It seems that may well be the case.
“No one gave me justice to recover my only son," Fareed Khan told Reuters. His boy, 11-year-old Furqan Khan, had been abducted a month ago from Bannu, a region near North Waziristan where there is little or no presence of state security forces.
The family has been running from pillar to post in a desperate bid to reunite with the child. "Now the Taliban are my last hope. I believe they will recover my son. The Taliban are good Muslims and good human beings. They don't demand bribes for the provision of justice."
Khan said his son suffered from epilepsy and he feared for his life. "Now my wife, my three daughters and I publicly appeal to the Pakistani Taliban to recover my son."
Yes, this is the same Taliban that has terrorized people from the northern areas of Pakistan for over a decade. Apart from trying to impose their own beliefs on the people, the militants have blown up schools, and orchestrated some of the bloodiest terror attacks in Pakistan’s history.
Most people live in fear of the Taliban insurgents, who are trying to topple the central government and impose Islamist rule.
However, the government’s failure to provide safety or justice for its own people is playing right into the hands of the terrorist organization. Clearly Fareed Khan, 45, thought the Taliban was the only avenue of approach open to him.
Government officials, as usual, were unavailable for comment.