A powerful bomb, detonated by a timing mechanism, ripped through a bus carrying government employees in Peshawar on Wednesday, killing at least 15 people and causing injuries to 25. The blast that took place near Peshawar’s Sunehri Masjid targeted a Civil Secretariat bus which was carrying government employees from Mardan to the provincial capital. Bomb Disposal Unit personnel claimed that high-grade explosives weighing eight kilograms were used in the attack. This would not be the first such instance where a bus carrying government employees in Peshawar has been targeted by terrorists; previously in 2013 and 2012, around 19 and 20 people respectively lost their lives in attacks that followed the same pattern.
Peshawar has seen scores of attacks on civilians as well as law enforcement personnel in the past. Law enforcing agencies have big task to combat terrorism. It was publicly hinted that army was about to conclude the military offensive in North Waziristan’s Shawal valley. But ironically there have been multiple attacks in the country since the beginning of this year. Increase in the terrorist attacks unveiled the brutal reality that menace of terrorism is far from over. Despite decline in terrorist activities in the country in last year we should not be over the moon until we eliminate every terrorist from our land.
It is the time that we need to implement all 20-points of National Action Plan with spirit and letter. After defeat in the battlefield, terrorists are looking for soft targets. We also need to enhance intelligence based operations because it is the only effective way to tackle terrorist attacks in the cities.
There is a need for an intensification of intelligence-based operations against terrorists.