Karachi suicide blast

Published: November 17, 2011

Not only is holding talks with militants an absurd idea, it has been proven to be a failure on multiple occasions. PHOTO: AFP

Just when it seemed like the country may be getting a respite from the onslaught of militant attacks, another deadly incident took place in Karachi. Three suicide bombers, poised to attack, were pursued by police near the Sea View area, only to be embroiled in a shoot-out. In the melee, one of the militants blew himself up.

The casualties including at least four militants and two policemen, and the encounter served as yet another reminder that the militants can strike anywhere at any time. Just a couple of months ago, a terrorist attack targeting a police officer in the same vicinity took many lives and damaged a nearby school. Before that, the shrine of Abdullah Shah Ghazi was brazenly attacked. For years, Karachiites had convinced themselves that they had been spared the militant menace that plagued the rest of the country. We now know that to be a misguided belief. This latest potential attack should sound the death knell for a policy of appeasement. The recent All Parties Conference recommended pursuing negotiations with militants, as if mass murderers can be reasoned with. Not only is holding talks with militants an absurd idea, it has been proven to be a failure on multiple occasions. Peace agreements have been used by militant groups as an opportunity not to put down their guns but to regroup and emerge stronger than ever. Taking the fight to the militants, as this Karachi incident has shown, is as pressing a need as ever.

One shudders to think how many casualties Karachi may have suffered had the attackers able to proceed unimpeded. That they were unable to do so is entirely to the credit of the brave police officers who thwarted them. The police should now also work on figuring out what the actual intentions of these militants were. In the asymmetrical war we are currently mired in, police officers, often without counterterrorism training, find themselves on the frontlines. The whole country has suffered from militancy but none more so than the police.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 18th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (3)

  • Adnan
    Nov 17, 2011 - 11:45PM

    This is sad. We need to put an end to this fundamentalism on the name of religion.
    And Imran Khan wants to talk to these people. I don’t know what he has to offer these people and why? He needs to be clear either he supports fundamentalism or not.

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  • Amjad
    Nov 18, 2011 - 5:47PM

    @Adnan: Give credit where credit is due: Thank the brave police who isolated these foreign criminals and thwarted their attempt to attack innocent Pakistanis. It only shows how desperate these anti state agents have become and also the fact that they are being rooted out and silenced. As for you comment about Imran Khan, you are sadly trying to mix two unrelated items. Imran Khan is against these anti state agents sent by Pakistan’s enemies. Perhaps you forget that most of the violence in Karachi is due to political parties of the established order?

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  • Ali
    Nov 19, 2011 - 2:19PM

    Both persons , who were arrested are the student of jama-e – Banoria . police nedd to investigate more about these issues.

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