The weapon of suicide bombing is so desperate that you aren't even left with the possibility of taking revenge or punishing anyone; the terrorist is killed along with his victims, his blood mixing with theirs."A.B. Yehoshua. At about 7:45pm (PST) a bomb blast rocked Islamabad this evening (July 6, 2008). About forty minutes earlier a motorcyclist jumped a signal and when Haroon, the police warden on duty, tried to stop him, the boy hit him and sped away. A back up squad tried to stop the motorcyclist but he swung away, leaving only Haroon to bleed with a head injury that sent him into a seizure. One hour later, reports confirmed that more than nine had died, all from the law enforcing agencies due to the suicide bomb attack near the Red Mosque (Lal Masjid). However, Haroon is shifted from the Services Hospital to the Neuro Surgery Department at the General Hospital. He is undergoing a CT Scan at the time of this column being penned down. He may succumb to his injury. He may be left a vegetable for the rest of his life. He is only 21. How old is your son? Your grandson? Your neighbour's son, perhaps? There is only one question that I want to ask today: How will the motorcyclist who saved himself a ticket of Rs 500, sleep tonight. How will the people behind the blast in Islamabad feel tonight? Rejoice that they "accomplished" their "mission" or relief on the motorcyclist's part that he saved Rs 500 and also showed how fast and furious he can ride a bike? How do we as a society react? Read and move on. Let the body and the mind become numb so that we think it is not happening. Or do we take action against those who, although a minority, are beginning to have a say in our lives. They are telling us how to live and dictating us our deaths. Either way, society and its insensitivity to act or react to injustice means that the society has failed itself. The state can be blamed later. Indifference is seductive in a lethal manner. It calls you to its lair and traps you there, so you do not see beyond what effects you immediately. Never once does it warn you that you could be the next target. Societies that live on the edge of selfishness will see their end soon. This is not a pessimist's warning but a realists foretelling. The bomb blast in Islamabad occurred on the first anniversary of the bloody ending of the siege at the Red Mosque, in which more than a hundred people were killed. Nothing was ever confirmed, officially. The latest blast occurred shortly after a heavily guarded conference, attended by a large number of religious leaders, had ended. All those killed in the blast were from the police force. Motives: unknown to the inexperienced eyes. Target: spread fear and anarchy to show this country as a strong foothold for those who do not believe in any law other than their own lawlessness. "Lawlessness is lawlessness. Anarchy is anarchy. Neither race nor colour nor frustration is an excuse for either lawlessness or anarchy" (Thurgood Marshall). If the State let's this go on as freely as it is apparently going, then we can only expect more of the same to be repeated. Lawlessness is defined as lack of civil order. In both, the quoted cases, it is remarkably coincidental that whether it is at a planned level as in the Islamabad blast or at an impromptu moment, as in the case of Haroon, the intention is the same; to show that civil order, if there is any, is to be abhorred and reacted against. Personally, as a citizen of this country, I do not care about the revolution that may take place; the judges that may be restored. What I am concerned about is this: what is the present judicial system doing other than sitting with their tails tucked under, to protect police wardens like Haroon or the other police officials on duty in Islamabad, or the person who was crossing the road and was hit by a rich drunkard. Where is the judicial power when a woman commits suicide with her children because she has no food to give to her family? Who is letting savage men rape young girls? Where is justice? Where is the supremacy of the law? Despondently, it is nowhere to be seen. It is this apathy on the part of the state that has made anarchists bold. At this stage the average hungry, ordinary citizen of Pakistan wants peace, electricity, water, food and money and does not care whether it is President Musharraf, PPP or PML-N who gives it. As long as someone provides it. If this ordinary citizen falls into the hands of the anarchists, let it be a warning to all of us, and especially the people who have no load-shedding at their offices and homes; that will be the day when anarchy will raise its flag to the highest post of a state owned building. It is organised violence on top which creates individual violence at the bottom. It is the accumulated indignation against organised wrong, crime and injustice which drives the political offender to act. At the time of closing this column, Haroon is in the General Hospital, having been operated upon, he has been stated to be in a critical condition. Other than this, nine policemen have died in Islamabad today and their blood stains the capital and falls heavily on the shoulders of the government and the state. It must act as strongly as the anarchists do, otherwise the shoulders will stoop and bend before long. The writer is a freelance columnist E-mail: