JOHI: Although suicide attacks are difficult to prevent, pre- and post-preparation vigilance can reduce loss of human lives. Security lapses have become a part of the Pakistan identity, especially in Sindh.
At the start of suicide bombing in other parts of county, the Government of Sindh and most of the civil society believed and declared that Sindh, being the land of Sufisim and peace, would never see such kind of terrorism and when this myth was broken by a couple of low-intensity terrorist acts in Dadu, Shikarpur, and elsewhere, the government and law-enforcement agencies did not see the big storm taking shape. At the time of the Sewhan attack, there was no electricity or security and hospital staff was comfortably sleeping. Late medical relief to the injured led to a higher death toll than originally announced. Those responsible for negligence would go scot-free owing to the PPP’s governance culture, in which, instead punishing inefficient and corrupt leaders, has always rewarded them with officialdom.
Although condemning terrorist acts and visiting the site by government representatives is necessary to console the wounded and the heirs of the martyred, the publicity also benefits the terrorists and gives them new recruits. Thus, the time should actually be spent preparing for the next attack to minimise the loss of human lives.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 21st, 2017.