Lurking danger

Balochistan remains vulnerable

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By now this is amply clear that Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are our underbelly and need stricter surveillance than any other part of the country if terror incidents were to be brought under control and people were to be given any respite from violence. Every few weeks we hear a security picket, vehicle or a religious minority is hit Balochistan. After a lull of a few weeks, two people were killed and another 14 injured on Tuesday after a motorcycle parked near a Frontier Corps vehicle blew up in Quetta. In November, two FC personnel were martyred and five others injured in an explosion in Kuchlak.

HizbulAhrar — a militant outfit, as the name suggests, and an offshoot of the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan — claimed responsibility for the attack, reportedan international news agency. This goes to prove that while most parts of the country are cleared of militants under the RadulFasad operation, Quetta and its surrounding areas remain infested with these elements. They still get an opportunity every now and then to come and target the security agencies as well as civilians. Only lately a yearly round up of terror related incidents by a think tank noted that there was a significant decrease in the number of attacks and the causalities and fatalities as a result.

The government and the security agencies need to ensure that the remaining elements are located and eliminated before they have the opportunity to regroup and present a graver threat to our peace that we have won after sacrificing over 70, 000 lives.

It is a little disconcerting to see the conventional responses to such events by the top leaders. They condemn the incident, express grief and sorrow over the loss, pray for the courage for the bereaved to bear the loss, order for best possible medical treatment to the injured and vow to track down the culprits.  Have a look at yesterday’s newspapers and you will spot the PM and the chief minister of Balochistan issuing a ditto response. This is appreciable but then they go back to their work until the next such incident. We have seen this happening year after year.

 

About time we dusted the National Action Plan, did a reassessment of the security situation and saw the coordination amongthe various players responsible for security, asked for help and/or resources if needed and finished the task at hand. Every individual should matter to us irrespective where he is domiciled.