Pakistan Observer

Terrorism spreads its tentacles

Monday, December 24, 2012 - IN a terrorism incident that shocked the country, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Sen-ior Minister Bashir Ahmad Bilour was assassinated along with eight others in Peshawar’s Qissa Khwani Bazaar on Saturday. A brave soul, Bashir Balour was a strong voice against terrorism and reached every spot within minutes where acts of terrorism took place in the province.

Political leaders from across the divide strongly condemned the dastardly act that claimed the life of a courageous man who always remained steadfast in war against terrorism. He had survived a suicide attack outside the Qayyum Sports Complex and another in Namakmandi in the past. There were serious threats to his life and extraordinary security was provided to him owing to his bold stance against militancy. But it appears that the banned TTP, which has claimed responsibility for the assassination, has spread its tentacles, which must be rooted out otherwise there would be no end to such gory incidents. It was during this month in 2007 that in a similar attack, the country lost Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto, Chairperson of PPP and afterwards there were attacks on the lives of other po-litical leaders. According to eyewitnesses when Bashir Bilour left the venue of the meeting, the suicide bomber in his early 20s ran towards him in the street, deto-nated the explosives strapped to his body close to the Minister before the police commandos could intercept him. The locals also said that he was roaming in the area for some time and it was surprising that the intelligence and police personnel could not notice the movement of a stranger. That was a clear proof of failure of security which led to loss of precious lives. We believe that it is time to launch a clean up operation across KPK to nab the terrorists and at the same time find out as to how the TTP was able to get information about the engagements of the Minister because one cannot rule out the presence of black sheep in the ranks of police and intelligence.
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