No end in sight

The Pak Banker - - Front Page -

THE coun­try was rocked on Wed­nes­day by ex­plo­sions and tar­geted at­tacks in main cities in the four prov­inces, claim­ing lives of at least 25 civil­ians and se­cu­rity per­son­nel. Two of the at­tacks one in Rawalpindi and the other in Karachi were sec­tar­ian, tar­get­ing Muhar­ram mourn­ers gath­ered in or near Imam­bar­gahs. At least 14 peo­ple were killed and 35 oth­ers in­jured in a sui­cide at­tack in Dhoke Sye­dian area of Rawalpindi. Two peo­ple were killed and at least 12 oth­ers in­jured in twin blasts near an Imam­bar­gah in Orangi Town of Karachi. The blasts took place one hour apart.

In Quetta, se­cu­rity per­son­nel who were es­cort­ing a van of school­child­ren were hit by a blast. At least three sol­diers and two civil­ians were killed. Twenty-eight peo­ple were in­jured.

Three po­lice­men were killed in Bannu, Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa, when gun­men am­bushed their van.Also in Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa, a po­lice con­sta­ble was killed when a bomb placed on a road hit a po­lice van which plunged into a ravine. Two of­fi­cers and the driver of the van were in­jured. The above men­tioned se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion speaks of the grav­ity of the sit­u­a­tion that se­cu­rity mech­a­nism of our coun­try is on the verge of col­lapse. The main ques­tion is how hand­ful peo­ple who are an­tiIs­lam, anti Pak­istan are not be­ing con­trolled by se­cu­rity agen­cies as ter­ror­ists are free to tar­get any site, mosque, imam­bar­gah and other place with­out fear of ar­rest. Since the be­gin­ning of war on ter­ror in 2001, coun­try’s mighty army, po­lice and se­cret agen­cies have des­per­ately failed to curb th­ese hand­ful ter­ror­ists, who had not only killed more than fourty thou­sands civil­ian and mil­i­tary per­sonal be­sides wreak­ing havoc to coun­try’s crum­bling econ­omy. And still government has failed to crush th­ese ter­ror­ists who can eas­ily tar­get any government of­fi­cial or mi­nor­ity groups across Pak­istan. The main cause of state fail­ure is per­haps lack of co­her­ence and unity not only among en­tire na­tion but also among dif­fer­ent se­cu­rity de­part­ments. Our se­cu­rity es­tab­lish­ment had not de­vised any uni­fied plan to counter this men­ace, which is very quickly wip­ing out mo­ral, ethic, rule of law, re­spect of law, love, re­li­gious har­mony etc, which had been the hall­mark of the Mus­lim Ummah. With­out ful­fill­ing th­ese lines, this men­ace will con­tinue to haunt en­tire coun­try, which claims not only in­no­cent lives but hurts our im­age in the comity of the na­tions.

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