While everyone these days (including the think-tanks and intelligentsia) has been beating the drum about long term solutions to counter the re-surging wave of terrorism, least are they aware of the realities on the ground. No doubt the roots of this evil will take some time to die out but terrorist outfits are returning to conventional means of killing people, through IEDs and other planted devices. One such example is recent bomb blast in a government bus in Peshawar. Call it the frustration of a vanquished enemy or a renewed terror strategy – it does require immediate and expedient solution.
Myself being a part of the police force, I am quite aware; how miscreants and terrorists remain active during specific times of the night. I still remember my relative calling me around 2 a.m. late after mid-night to tell me that he had seen an alleged terrorist carrying some explosives in a plastic bag. I immediately called the local police station of that area but their response was none. Subsequently, a few days later, ANP leadership was targeted at the very spot, where that alleged terrorist was seen.
My point to narrate this unfortunate event is to emphasize the crucial role police patrolling can play, especially during night time in eliminating conventional forms of terrorism. Police patrolling comes to a partial or complete halt after midnight, giving ample time and confidence to criminals including terrorists to fulfil their objectives and get away with it. But police cannot be held responsible for this stagnation. Thousands of our fellow police companions do not even hesitate to lay down their lives in the line of duty. This large stoppage in police patrolling is due to the fact that police officials in KPK are over burdened by incessant operational duties besides special duties from time to time. Police needs respite from stressful duties to enable them to spare some time for themselves and their families. The number of duty shifts ought to be increased from two to either three or four: each shift covered by different police officers and officials. They should not perform more than 8 hours of duty in a 24 hours day. But this solution owes its success to augmenting police strength through calling them in from VVIPs security duty.