In another terrorist attack at least eight people were killed and several others were injured when a suspected suicide bomber targeted the office of Sardar Amjad Khosa, a member of the National Assembly, in Taunsa town near Dera Ghazi Khan in the southern part of Punjab province on Wednesday.
A splinter group of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Jamaat-ul-Ahrar has claimed responsibility for the attack. It was second terrorist attack of same nature with in span time of couple of months. Previously Provincial Minister Shuja Khanzada was targeted in the same manner which resulted killing other 17 people as well. In both the gory incidents terrorists picked the target in remote areas and in a political gathering. Main targets were the lawmakers in both incidents. Usually considering remote areas security was not up the mark which caused deaths in large numbers. It seems that law enforcing agencies have not learned lesson from first incidents and terrorists are picking their targets with ease.
It is one of the prime responsibilities of security agencies to provide security and to ensure protection of people whenever they gather in connection with any political, social, religious events. Although operation Zarb-e-Azab has broken back of terrorists and most of them have run to Afghanistan, but still some are hiding in remote areas and small cities. Terrorists still have some safe places to hide with the help of their abettors in the society. Military operation has brought great stability and reduction in terrorist attacks but still terrorists are attacking few and far between. To bring long lasting peace and put a full stop on the terrorist activities, all 20 points of National Action Plan must be implemented in true letter and spirit. Unless there are coordinated efforts and data sharing, the war against terrorism cannot succeed.
Minister must put their difference aside and must escalate efforts to enhance security to the people.