Karachi Bomb Blast: Time to redraw strategies
The news of a massive bomb attack on the CID building in Karachi is unfolding. The initial reports are pointing towards the possibility that the terrorists might have struck to free the Lashkar-e-Jhanghvi terrorists, who were recently arrested by the CID officials. The terrorists first opened up fire and awhile later blew up the explosive-laden vehicle. The blast left a huge crater on the ground and scores of people were injured or killed.
If you compare the modus operandi of this blast with the previous attacks it is pretty much the same. In Lahore, in March 2008 a suicide bomber rammed an explosive-laden Shehzore truck into the provincial headquarters of the Federal Investigation Agency. 26 people died in that attack. In Peshawar on October 16th 2009, a suicide bomber rammed an explosive-laden car into CIA’s Special Investigative Unit, killing 12 people including three policemen. On November 13th 2009, a suicide bomber rammed an explosive-laden Shehzore truck into regional headquarters of the ISI in Peshawar. 17 people lost lives in that attack including 10 military personnel.
After the Peshawar blasts, the news channels reported that the high profile Taliban terrorists were held and interrogated in these buildings. These buildings were located in the sensitive and densely populated areas and both turned into rubble after the blasts. The echo of those blasts was heard in the nook and corner of Peshawar, while the window panes of the nearby houses and offices smashed into bits. It froze the blood in the veins of Peshawariites. Terrorists had accomplished their goal.
The Karachi blast on the CID building has all the hallmarks of the Lahore and Peshawar blasts so there is a possibility that the same organization was behind those attacks. Historically the banned organization Lashkar-e-Jhanghvi was formed on the sectarian grounds but they believe to have ties with the Taliban. Even if the Karachi blast was carried out by LeJ, no wonder why the modus operandi was identical.
One can’t help wondering that given the similar pattern of attacks and the volatile situation why the suspected terrorists were kept and interrogated in the known locations in the highly sensitive areas. After a long history of militancy in the country such a lax attitude of agencies is questionable. It is ridiculous for us to suggest that intelligence officials should think over such issues and calculate the danger beforehand. The problem with such buildings being located in the populated areas is that it not only maximize the extent of damage but terrorize people on a massive scale such as those staying in the nearby hotels or apartment complexes.
Understandably, nothing exasperates more than the platitude statement of America to ‘do more’. However, we need to look at things from the angle that irrespective of America’s demand, those elements will always inflict harm on the people of Pakistan. In the present case if LeJ was involved than we should remember the longstanding history of sectarian and political violence by the homegrown extremist elements. Our efforts can only be successful if we infiltrate in the lower class, an easy target of the militants for brainwashing, to counter the propaganda. It is good to let out the frustration by blaming others but it is just a short-lived mechanism. Militancy existed in Pakistan pre 9/11 and it will stay even if the US exits from the region. The sooner we realize our issues and redraw strategies the better it will be for the stability of the country.