Ter­ror­ist At­tacks on Mil­i­tary Bases

Southasia - - Editor’s mail -

The re­cent and grow­ing ter­ror­ist at­tacks on Pak­istan’s Air Bases trig­ger se­ri­ous con­cerns not only within the mil­i­tary but also amongst the gen­eral pub­lic. The re­cent at­tack on the Min­has Base was the fourth of its kind and it is in­ter­est­ing to note that most mil­i­tary at­tacks, tar­get air bases. It is com­mend­able that Pak­istani forces were able to quell such an at­tack in the nick of time thus avoid­ing a ma­jor catas­tro­phe, es­pe­cially on a holy night. How­ever, such an at­tack did take place and once again left a frag­ile and deeply di­vided na­tion in shock. It is per­haps high time we re­al­ize that brazen at­tacks on our mil­i­tary are the re­sult of anti-state ac­tors within Pak­istan and not ex­ter­nal en­ti­ties. Strict ac­tion must be taken against such forces and the pub­lic must be pre­pared to suf­fer a back­lash, which is in­evitable. The mil­i­tary must make a co­he­sive strat­egy, re­gard­less of po­lit­i­cal author­ity, and con­duct na­tion-wide op­er­a­tions to avoid such oc­cur­rences in the even­tual fu­ture. This is a mat­ter of our chil­dren’s se­cu­rity and we can­not af­ford to leave be­hind a Pak­istan like this, for them. Mustafa Chaudhry

Lahore, Pak­istan

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