The mob violence against Christians at Gojra appears to have hit a particularly raw nerve in Pakistan that is already fighting against the rapidly spreading evil of extremism and is in a state of peril. According to Punjab's Law Minister Rana Sanaullah: "The government had received an intelligence report two months back that the militants were switching from suicide bombings to inciting sectarian conflicts." The law minister's admission that information had been received about the possibility of change in the militants' strategy to incite sectarian strife in the province; why no timely measures were taken by the provincial administration to avert the catastrophe, especially when a few days back about100 homes of the Christians were set ablaze by such ruffians in village Bahminwala in Kasur district? After all, it was a serious lapse on the part of the provincial government and whose fault it was for sleeping over such a vital intelligence report. A three-pronged report has been submitted to the PM on his visit to Gojra the other day holding the district police responsible. It is not only the DPO who is wholly and solely responsible unless the intelligence report was passed to him at the right time. Where was the political leadership of the district to assist the local administration? I am afraid; nobody from the PPP and the PML-N came forward to use their so-called political influence to control the mob. The PM has to go deep into the three unanimous inquiry reports that have made the DPO the scapegoat, or for that matter the DCO, for the failure to control the charged fanatic mob that went on the rampage when there was no desecration of the Holy Quran. The Gojra tragedy was a brute display of the strength that the extremists can muster and the extent to which they can play upon the emotions of the local populace to indulge in acts of bloodletting and larceny. It is time to put aside politics to protect our national unity. It is time for the government to wake up, otherwise crimes motivated by religious prejudice or intolerance would remain dubious. The writer is a former inspector of police