THE Bomb Disposal Squad in Lahore is not the most glamorous thing about the War on Terror, but its being neglected is one of the War's untold stories. The Bomb Disposal Squad in Lahore consists of six people, and experts estimate that there should be 114 people in it to meet the current challenges, which have multiplied manifold due to the War, making no less than 108 under-strength. Though Squad personnel insist that something is better than nothing, the country's second largest city is woefully ill-equipped to handle more than one strike by terrorists in it, even though militants are known to be capable of launching more than one strike simultaneously. The squad members, who were highlighted recently by the Lahore blast, use the same tools as a hairdresser to defuse bombs, like screwdrivers, scissors and string. The squad is also in need of training to match the militants' bomb-making skills. The Squad has 11 vehicles, but they do not carry the right specialised equipment. The squad has only two mine detectors, 20 metal detectors and one water cannon. The City District Government Lahore had submitted a proposal to develop a unit of the squad in each of the nine towns. Each of these town-level squads was to consist of 12 persons, including both technicians and commanders. Each unit would work in two shifts, and would be fully equipped. Though the need is dire, the proposal has been shot down. However, equipment for the existing squad is being purchased from the USA, the UK and Italy, worth about Rs 30 million. There are two tracks for the government to work on. First, not just in Lahore, but in all cities, there must be an estimate of the need for bomb disposal squads, and the necessary recruitment must be made, which should include brushing the dust off the Lahore proposal. Second, the cost should be pointed out to the powers for whom the War is being fought, and they must be made to pay the cost of something that would not have been needed had Pakistan not been fighting their War.