The killing of five policemen and two others at Liberty round about in Lahore blows the lid off the security arrangements in the city, especially at a time when the Sri Lankan team was visiting the city. Yes,
Policemen fought valiantly and somehow succeeded in keeping the Sri Lankan team largely out of the harm’s way. Nevertheless it is a security lapse and a huge intelligence failure.
As soon as the incident happened, critics in Pakistan and elsewhere sprung into action blaming it on their usual suspects. While some said categorically that it is the RAW paying us in the same coin others blamed it on the jihadis from our Western borders. Probably a more intelligent interpretation, is that of Governor Salman Taseer who believes it is the very people who carried out attacks in Mumbai last year. Are we facing a common enemy?
People in Pakistan are shocked and scared. Like many incidents of terrorism in the past we don’t know if the perpetrators of this incident will ever be identified and brought to book.
Only a few years ago, terror attacks were largely confined to the remote tribal areas. Then the terrorists started moving towards the settled areas of NWFP; then later to Islamabad where they struck the army headquarters. And then there was no looking back for them.
This mishap, far from being an isolated terrorist incident has much more widespread ramifications. That the entire Country is a 'lawless' State is amply clear. That Pakistan is slowly but surely falling into the hands of the Tali ban, what with a spineless political and administrative set up, torn between the Clergy and the Military, is food for thought.
What happened to Afghanistan might be the shape of things to come in this Country too. And there is no reason to reject the thought that if Pakistan gets Talibanised, will India, its closest be the next victim?