WEB DESK: The enemy is not only ruthless there’s quite a method in its business of murdering innocent people. There should be no doubts about the expertise that had gone into planning and executing the massacre in Quetta on Monday.
The terror group lured a large number of lawyers to a hospital for a greater kill. It had rightly concluded that as the body of President of Balochistan Bar, Bilal Anwar Kasi, who was gunned down earlier during the day, would be moved to the hospital his colleagues and journalists would make to that place. The enemy therefore first killed Kasi and then blasted the crowd that had reached the hospital with his body. At least 70 persons, nearly more than half of them being lawyers, and two TV journalists, were killed and twice that number injured, some of them critically.
The same technique had worked twice before in Balochistan. In June 2013, when the victims of the attack on university girls’ bus were moved to the Bolan Medical College hospital the terrorists struck the hospital. Likewise, there was a deadly attack on the funeral of a police officer earlier slain during the day. Even when there was no intel on the expected massacre how come the concerned security officials let so many people – including the suicide-bomber – into the hospital’s emergency ward without proper screening. We believe the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan is absolutely right in asking: “Where were our security agencies when these actors, foreign or Pakistani, were plotting or causing mayhem in Quetta”.
Low or high, every life is precious and its loss an immense tragedy for the family. The media too suffered huge loss: two TV cameramen – Shahzad Khan of Aaj News and Mehmood Khan of DawnNews – lost their lives, while three members of the Dunya News were injured while on duty.
Will anybody ever try to find out why there was such a colossal intelligence failure, we have our doubts. And as to who perpetrated such an apocalypse in Quetta fingers have been raised in quite a few directions. As per routine, the Jamaat-ur-Ahrar, a faction of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), has claimed responsibility for the Quetta massacre, almost simultaneous to the claim made by the spokesman for the Islamic State. Maybe, their claims are for the gallery, we do not know.
But of late an impression has come to obtain that Indian intelligence agency RAW has stepped up its activity in Balochistan with a view to subverting work on the China Pakistan Economic Corridor. Not that RAW was absent from Balochistan any time before, but now anti-CPEC subversion is believed to be on the top of its agenda. In fact such a possibility has been indicated both by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chief Minister Sanaullah Zerhri. But even when India is involved it must be using the local agents, and they could very well be the TTP men who fled military operation in tribal areas particularly North Waziristan. Rightly then, as the prime minister has ordered security agencies to respond to this challenge with “full force” Army Chief General Raheel Sharif has called for an anti-terrorist combing operation throughout the country.
Over the last some months, particularly since the completion of Zarb-e-Azb operation the law and order situation in the country had considerably improved. In Balochistan, the FC had nearly succeeded in curbing the low-intensity insurgency inspired by the dissident tribal chiefs. Moreover, the sectarian strife too was less strident. But seemingly it’s the CPEC and Gwadar seaport that has brought the enemy back into the arena. Given this backdrop there is then the need to review the National Action Plan (NAP) and regular monitoring of its implementation.
Maybe such an action would shift the focus from the urban centres to the rural landscape where not only the runaway terrorists and extremists have come to hide but the enemy beyond the national borders has relatively easy access to plant and nurture anti-Pakistan seeds. And in the meanwhile, the government should retool its post-violence care, both by improving intelligence gathering and co-ordination but also let the ordinary victims feel not being left unattended and uncared. In that context we are confident there would be prompt follow-up of the prime minister’s commitment that families of the TV journalists who lost their lives in Quetta would be looked after at the state expense.
Source: Business Recorder