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Chief Minister Sind Syed Qaim Ali Shah pathetically stated that there were intelligence reports that important people or places were under threat, but that Karachi is such a large place, it is very difficult to know. I can essentially guarantee that the internal response to this intelligence was to beef up security for all the important people. I was mortified to know that he had arrived at the scene while the “ghamsan ki jang” (furious fight) was going on between the security forces and the terrorists, for his own security detail probably takes up a lot of manpower and space. He had to have been a hindrance.
The terrorists had come for the long haul; dates and dried food and water reminiscent of the Mehran naval base attack in 2011. Perhaps we did learn from the Mehran naval base attack for that took 17 hours to control and this took only five and a half. The terrorist attack on Shia pilgrims returning from Iran on the same day got dwarfed in the news by the airport attack. But like Bob Dylan asked “how many deaths does it take till we know that too many people have died”. Innumerable minorities, numerous religious devotees, several armed forces personnel, countless innocent people have died and audacious attacks on the Marriott hotel, the Mehran naval base and now the Karachi airport among others have occurred. But we are not up to self-examination: the media repeated ad infinitum that the attackers looked Uzbek. In the melee the media was told that the weapons were manufactured in India, and slowly but surely, it is being molded into a hunood-yahood-nasara (Hindu-Israeli-Christian) conspiracy. Immediately after the 2005 London train bombings one of the friends of the terrorists said that killing Al-Qaeda operatives didn’t make a difference because, pointing to his head, he said “Al-Qaeda is inside”. Pakistan’s population has been similarly radicalized and like infection circulating through the bloodstream of a seriously sick patient, streaks of the population has bought into the Taliban ideology. And these streaks infiltrate the army, the government, the judiciary, educational institutions, mosques, the business community, onward to an infinite list. We don’t dare question Nawaz Sharif’s commitment toward erasing terrorism. Why are we speechlessly tolerating absurdities in an interview he gave to the BBC a week ago that he was hoping for a peace deal with the Taliban? Why didn’t we see through Saudi Arabia pressuring us to send our military to combat Hafez Al-Assad in Syria? Why do we forget that Nawaz Sharif is beholden forever and ever to the Saudis for providing him amnesty after his Musharraf adventurism? We lend a blind eye to Saudi Arabia’s export of its violent and extremist Wahabi ideology. The prognosis for Pakistan’s survival is grim as it is, it will become essentially zero if an immediate, concerted and mighty attack is not mounted on each and every militant holdout. And Taliban-like extremism in the population must be outed and punished publicly, swiftly and effectively. Nawaz Sharif’s and previous governments have been wholly absorbed in shoring up money and power. It’s clear that Nawaz Sharif and company shed crocodile tears on the endless loss of life and economic damage in Pakistan. It might be instructive for Nawaz to remember that while the Taliban continue their volley of attacks in every province of Pakistan, pretty soon all that Nawaz Sharif will be ruling will be his bullet-proof Mercedes. (Dr Mahjabeen Islam is an addiction and family medicine specialist in USA )
Source:Pakistan Link USA.