Day of terror

Published: July 1, 2013
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Lashkar-e-Jhangvi took responsibility of the attack in Quetta. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

Lashkar-e-Jhangvi took responsibility of the attack in Quetta. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

At least 46 people were killed on June 30, in some of the deadliest attacks since the PML-N government has come into power. Twenty-nine of these, among them nine women and three children, were killed in Quetta in a suicide bombing, in an attack targeting the Hazara Shia community, which was later claimed by the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ). Earlier in the day, 17 people were killed and around 47 injured when a bomb targeting an FC convoy exploded near a busy marketplace in Peshawar.

According to a report in this newspaper, in Peshawar, the police and security officials opened fire after the bomb was detonated, leading to more casualties. Clearly then, despite the fact that we frequently suffer such blasts, our security officials are not only unable to help prevent them, but are also unable to deal with their aftermath. Moreover, in any other country, this death toll would make heads roll. But in Pakistan, we seem to have tacitly accepted that this is a fight beyond us — that our government and security apparatus should be excused because the enemy is just too powerful.

To be fair, the new government has just come into power and may need breathing space before it can tackle this issue. On the other hand, the fact that this was going to be one of its major challenges was no secret and one hopes it has a winning strategy to deal with this issue. With these attacks amongst others, since the government has assumed office, the militants have clearly stated their intent. There is nothing remotely encouraging in terms of talks in their demeanor. In fact, with every passing day, they seem to signal that they want things to be their way, or there will be more death. Clearly then, it would appear that they seem to want to bring down the state, rather than talk to it. The government’s priority then, at this point, should be to reassert itself and act decisively towards the militants. Leaders of the LeJ, who claimed responsibility for this and other sectarian attacks with so much impunity, must be dealt with, as well as those from other terrorist organisations. We cannot allow space for other such attacks. Every life is precious. Let us resolve not to let even one more be taken in such a manner.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 2nd,  2013.

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  • Haris Chaudhry
    Jul 2, 2013 - 4:38AM

    I have really started to believe beyond any doubt that our security establishment is simply not interested in going after LeJ, JM, JuD etc.. and subsequently not keen on protecting Shia population.

    What use is the half a million man army and billions of dollars in annual budget when those mass-murdering in the name of Islam and in broad view of the populace cannot be rounded up !

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  • Haris Chaudhry
    Jul 2, 2013 - 4:41AM

    Look at the ‘noorani’ faces of these peace loving followers of Islam !
    Picture is worth a thousand words !

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  • Arijit Sharma.
    Jul 2, 2013 - 8:58AM

    Inbreeding is evident.

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  • Ricky
    Jul 2, 2013 - 10:01AM

    How many more thousand murders would it take to finally realize who the real enemies are? It does not matter who the civilian ruler is, the real power is army and it is its primary job to protect us. Nobody cares about our life and blood yet we pay dearly for their perks.

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  • Gp65
    Jul 2, 2013 - 11:18AM

    @Haris Chaudhry: You do realize that army’s failure to protect its citizens is not new? At this time all you are accusing the army is of looking the other way while Shias are killed and yet it was the army itself that indulged in rape and murder in 1971.
    They will continue to enjoy their perks and privilege without providing protection to Pakistanis as long as the Pakistanis themselves do not revisit their paranoia of the evil Hindu Banias next door.Recommend

  • Haris Chaudhry
    Jul 2, 2013 - 2:23PM

    @Gp65

    Agreed !

    My attempt was to discuss the subject of this editorial however believe that there have been significant injustices done to the Bengalis by West Pakistan’s army in the 1971 war ! It just happens to be that Bengalis call it “genocide”.

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  • Z.Khan
    Jul 2, 2013 - 3:27PM

    “The government’s priority then, at this point, should be to reassert itself and act decisively towards the militants. Leaders of the LeJ, who claimed responsibility for this and other sectarian attacks with so much impunity, must be dealt with, as well as those from other terrorist organisations”
    You are giving a suggestion which amounts to playing a mouth organ in front of a buffalo. You expect PML (N) to bell the cat (LeJ). Just forget it. Let PM to beg few dollars from the friends of Pakistan. Let the Pakistanis remain a cheap commodity to be slaughtered in the streets of Pakistan. After all it is a NAYA Pakistan. Let people to enjoy the honeymoon period to which majority voted for to occur.

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  • joy
    Jul 2, 2013 - 4:02PM

    I have a suggestion…since Pakistan has already outsourced port, highway and damn construction, I am sure it can also outsource security and Pakistani friends can live happily ever after.

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  • Morons
    Jul 2, 2013 - 5:40PM

    @joy:
    Yes they already have outsourced security to TTP, LeJ, JM, LeT and so on…Only that the security is valid for radical Sunnis alone.

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  • ahmed41
    Jul 2, 2013 - 5:43PM

    @Arijit Sharma.:
    Insanity is a better word !!!!!!!!!

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