THE aftermath of the deadly explosion outside Special Investigations Agency office in Model Town ripping through a number of residential compounds is too dreadful for words. According to an estimate, 70 percent of the business across the metropolitan has suffered. The deserted markets, roads and public places, where mostly security personnel were seen on Friday bears witness to that. Yet, slowly the city seems to be on its way to routine life, owing to the resilience of the Lahoriites. But while they should be praised for their courage and determination, the government must ponder seriously on how it intends to deal with the terrorists who have unleashed a horrible reign of terror. Its paramount obligation is to ensure that the citizens are able to live their lives with a sense of security. By any reckoning, the lives of the people living in Model Town will not be the same anymore. It is indeed hard to imagine the trauma of the families who lost their loved ones. This is the second time that a deadly bomb has blasted right in the middle of their neighbourhood, flattening a number of houses. It is a crying shame that in the past requests by the locals to the government to shift such offices somewhere else simply fell on deaf ears. However, now that a number of people have been killed, indicators are that this time around, the intelligence agencies might be asked to pack up and move. Meanwhile, with the CCTV footage and other evidence collected so far, an FIR has been filed against members of the TTP. The outfit sent an SMS to a media organisation claiming responsibility for the attack. However, given the explosives and the technical know how with which the attack has been carried out, it is certain that the TTP is not alone. Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah has pointed a finger at RAW for being hand in glove with the militants who carried out the explosion. Interior Minister Rehman Malik, likewise, has stated categorically that given the weapons and explosive material recovered so far, it is New Delhi which is behind the job. There is a huge responsibility on the federal government as well as the Punjab government to grasp the nettle and make arrangements for shifting all the offices of the Intelligence outfits not just from Model Town but also other housing societies. Attempts at point scoring like the PML-N leader Pervaiz Rashids statement that the suicide attacks are the gift of the Musharraf legacy will serve no useful purpose. Didnt the electorate choose the new leaders to end that legacy and provide them with security?