KARACHI: The incident of the twin blasts in Karachi is highly condemnable. Bomb blasts in different parts of the country have become a common occurrence and are designed to create a climate of fear and the feeling that no place is safe in Pakistan.
It may not always be possible for the police to look for bombs or improvised explosive devices (IEDs) planted somewhere, especially in crowded and busy areas. Therefore, the general public should also play its role by being vigilant and observant. If anyone spots anything suspicious, they should immediately inform the police, which should then take necessary action immediately or call the bomb disposal squad.
It may be recalled that on May 1, 2010 in New York, the attempted car bombing at the Times Square by a man of Pakistani origin, Faisal Shahzad, was a planned terrorist attack that was foiled when two street vendors spotted smoke coming from the vehicle. They immediately alerted the police and the bomb was dismantled before it caused any casualties.
Sqn Ldr (retd) S Ausaf Husain
Published in The Express Tribune, September 20th, 2012.