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IT has been a blood-soaked run-up to Eid — the blast at a football ground in Karachi, the cold-blooded murder of Punjabi migrant labourers in Balochistan, and yesterday’s attack on Quetta policemen who had gathered to bury a colleague killed while he was shopping with his family. There’s no escape for anyone any longer — the line that previously divided civilians and security forces is increasingly getting blurred for the militants who attack at will. And there is helplessness all around. But that this vulnerability should extend to premises accessed by those who enforce the law is alarming. Yesterday’s attack in Quetta occurred within the police lines, an area which has supposedly enhanced security. The attack is yet another painful reminder of how easy it has become for militants to compromise the security of police and military installations and cause large-scale havoc. All it takes is one suicide bomber to breach security and cause mayhem. Given the huge challenges that the police in this country face, it was understandable that a walk-through gate had been installed at the funeral venue to scan the mourners. But was it expected to do the trick? Although the suicide bomber detonated his explosives before walking through, how he entered the main gate of the premises without being stopped must be investigated.

The Balochistan police had of late stepped up its efforts to nab sectarian militants in Quetta so retaliation from the extremists’ end was expected; the attack simply shows that the militants are determined to wipe out all obstructions in their path. Security forces can in fact expect more, and while it is only natural that such brutal retaliations lead to the loss of morale, it would be deadly for the public if operations against militants in Quetta were to be slowed down. Instead, efforts to monitor suspected militants as well as their sympathisers within the force and to take pre-emptive action against them must be redoubled so that such incidents are not repeated. Action is also needed to demolish the infrastructure of terrorism in Balochistan.

Acts of terrorism conti-nue to rock Quetta and other parts of the province. Irrespective of their political differences, the mainstream parties in the province must recognise that a strong joint effort is needed to break up the web of militancy that has destroyed peace and security in Balochistan and has laid the ground for bloodbaths like the one witnessed yesterday. It is untenable to lurch from outrage to outrage and only condemn the atrocities; sustained action is needed against the perpetrators.

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Mohni Aug 09, 2013 05:17pm

If the threat is internal than why are we still spending so much on defence forces and peanuts on police?

mazharuddin Aug 09, 2013 07:48pm

Unfortunately the root cause (sectarian) is not being addressed honestly in spite of several times drawn attention in this respect to have inter sect debate and discussions enable people reject all falsehood. Unfortunately the media and writers of sects do not take serious to draw attention of their sects scholars towards the activities of their sect that spreading hatred. Such large killing is serious why media and writers not feeling their responsibility? Loss of human lives is much serious. Need to review. Only truth should prevail, falsehood need to wipe out from our society.

DrTK Aug 09, 2013 11:42pm

You said: "Irrespective of their political differences.....mainstream parties must recognize that a strong joint effort is needed.....". That is stating the very very obvious! And it has been said not once but thousands of times before. Every anchor and TV program is repeating this like parrots. But there appears to be a silence from the people to whom this is addressed. A silence of the Lambs. There is lots and lots of talk, but no action! I think "we" do not have the intellectual capacity anymore to deal with our problems, which are ballooning out into something quite horrible. We need HELP! Should we call the English, our colonial masters back to set things right? We cant expect people who have created this holy mess to clear it up and bring us out of this crisis!!

Amin Amdani Aug 09, 2013 11:56pm

It is very sad state of affairs in Pakistan, that even during Ramadan and on Eid day, terrorists did not spare the nation and inflicted heinous crimes and causalties on innocents. No one ever gets arrested. so now people have to show, in unison, that they are against these barbarians. Probably if the people in general decide on a day and get together, all over the country, and in millions and demonstrate, very peacefully to show this terror inflicting mafia that people are against their agenda and they are united in opposing terrorism

Jawid Akbari Aug 10, 2013 04:26pm

I am a Hazara man who can no longer walk down Alamdar Road fearing Saudi sponsored Wahabi terrorists. I used to live near Nichari Imam Bargah (Nichari Mosque) but I have fled the country for my life. Hazaras cannot go to Mizan Chow to buy their necessities. They have to ask a bearded Pushtoon or Baluch khargadi wala to bring them grocery. Life is like hell. I don't know how long this appalling condition will continue.

praveen Aug 11, 2013 10:49am

Make (even try to make) Pakistan a secular country and all the issue resolved. Caste,Religion and country is made to divide the people