ONCE again the Hazara community is targeted with immense brutality. This time the terrorists have chosen Hazara Town situated on Kirani Road to attack the innocent Hazara people. This was the first attack on the Hazara community after the imposition of governor’s rule in Balochistan.

This incident raises several questions. Firstly, on whom would the security-cum-intelligence agencies and administration now put the blame of security lapse after the bombing?

Secondly, how did the tractor trolley carrying some 1,000kg of IED enter the city and easily reach Hazara Town while crossing several police and FC checkposts in and outside the city?

Thirdly, how did the intelligence agencies fail to counter such a huge attack in a small city like Quetta? If intelligence agencies do not possess the required capabilities of countering such incidents, why is the government spending such a huge amount of money on them?

These are some of the questions that should be answered by those who are responsible for providing security to the lives and properties of citizens.

Additionally, a well-planned counterterrorism policy should have been devised to flush out terrorists. Targeted operations were, however, started but they were also discontinued after a couple of days.

The fact of the matter is that the administration does not have a real counterterrorism policy. Merely giving a free hand to security agencies and supporting them in their efforts is not a counterterrorism policy.

Rather, senior officials should also guide and direct them in their work. The government’s approach in countering the killings of Punjabis in Balochistan is a good example. Such a strategy is needed to stop Hazara killings in the province. Otherwise bloodshed will not stop and Hazaras will continue to suffer.

The government should stop testing the patience and loyalty of Hazaras in Balochistan. Hazaras, like other communities of this state, have given many sacrifices for the sake of this country and will continue to do so and contribute to the prosperity of their beloved homeland.

The government is, however, under obligation to provide security to the vulnerable community by following zero tolerance policy towards the enemy within, who is continuously targeting the Shia Hazaras in Balochistan.

HASSAN RAZA FOLADI Quetta

Updated Feb 26, 2013 08:14pm

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Comments (6) (Closed)


Brijesh
Feb 27, 2013 08:33am
The problem is not one incident, but a culture of violence that is gripping Pakistan today. I remember India used to be such a place in the 80s. Almost every week used to bring us news of a bomb blast in Punjab, Nagaland, Manipur. Thankfully India was able to come out the mess. But it required great amount of political will to effect the change. The political class decided that there is no such thing as a good terrorists. Hopefully Pakistan will realise this soon and act.
tariq
Feb 27, 2013 07:32pm
We are considered Muslims by the Government of Pakistan. You killed Muslims in Gujrat and Sikhs in Punjab as you considered them as non Indians? Watch before you try to polarize us. Yes we have problems like any other developing country but we as a nation will get out of this.
Arif
Feb 27, 2013 07:06pm
the governments role are to protect the citizens, which includes these Hazara's. Not to decide if they are muslim or not...and you are a Troll.
pathanoo
Feb 27, 2013 05:20am
The author is absolutely right. There is no counter terrorism policy in Pakistan, only terrorism and terrorists.
Kumar
Feb 27, 2013 12:24pm
Hazaras are not considered true Muslims to be protected by the Government.
Agha Ata (USA)
Feb 28, 2013 02:37am
Nobody knows what is happening, and nobody is willing to say that he doesn't know what is happening; nobody knows how to control it, and nobody is willing to say that he doesn't know how to control it. Can anyone name this situation, please?