Militants have dealt the nation a terrible hand. The killing of Dr Sarfraz Naeemi, one of the most respected religious scholars, is a grim reminder that the fight against terrorism is far from over. That Dr Naeemi was a moderate voice and had also taken up positions against those trying to dictate their extremist agenda to the state had obviously put him on the hit list of militants. It is a pity that he was not provided sufficient security despite threats to his life. It was disturbing to find Punjab IG Tariq Saleem Dogar trying to absolve himself of his responsibility by saying that Dr Naeemi was not provided security because he had never asked for it. Leaving someone well known for his fatwas against suicide bombings and opposition to the Taliban movement at the mercy of militants was indeed a criminal act. If Mr Dogar was not aware of the fact then he could have asked for an update from his CCPO who feels comfortable making political statements rather than learning the art of effective policing. Personal loyalty to the Sharif family being his only claim to fame, Mr Pervaiz Rathore is good at taking care of his own safety. It comes next to his obsession with staged police encounters that he believes is the only way to create a crime-free society. The police closing the roads leading to the CCPO office and subsequently laying out barbed wires around Jamia Naeemia after two dastardly terror attacks in the metropolis was like shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted. The best they think they could do is to warn the people against the presence of terrorists in the city or to pass buck to the intelligence agencies for the failure to keep a check on those involved in subversive activities. It might be aimed at diverting the public attention from the dismal performance of the law enforcement apparatus. Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif's decision to appoint a colonel as additional inspector general of the Special Branch is a declaration of his no confidence in his handpicked cops. Perhaps he understands that there is no point in expecting any good from the present bunch of police officers when the sole criterion for their selection to the current positions was that they had been ignored by the previous regime. But then that is a clear comment on Mian Shahbaz's governance. It bears repeating that the ongoing practice of rewarding the incompetent cops for their personal loyalty to the ruling leadership would deal a deadly blow to the whole concept of establishing the rule of law. The fact that the Lahore Police failed to take preventive measures despite repeated warnings from the federal government of a possible attack at Jamia Naeemia points to its incapacity to deal with the rising tide of militancy now shifting its focus to Punjab. If Mr Salman Taseer's 'delinquent' police administration had been blamed for giving a free run to the terrorists, Mian Shahbaz's 'finest finds' are doing worse when they have not even been burdened with the extra task of coercing political opponents into changing loyalties. Pervez Rathore knew that Dr Naeemi had supported the ongoing military action against Taliban and also decreed the suicide bombings un-Islamic but he didn't bother to check why just two constables were deputed outside the mosque, the likely target of terrorism. There has been no official explanation as to why the Elite Force was not deployed around Jamia Naeemia during Friday prayers. Is it only meant to guard the IG and the CCPO offices or escort the elite? What about the security of the men on the street? Every time there is a terrorist strike in the metropolis the Special Branch is caught napping. Why is it so that after every act of terrorism the police cordons off the targeted areas and makes the life of citizens miserable by subjecting them to body searches at pickets set up all around? One wonders whether the Punjab police chief has ever felt the need to check how police is performing its basic duty of gathering intelligence about the activities of the suspects operating in the province. Basking in the glow of making to the coveted position he might have got no time to find out if the Special Branch is at all aware of the threats from the terrorists. The onus of putting in place an effective law enforcement system is on the ruling leadership. And the only way to make the 'good governance' dream come true is to move from rhetoric to reality.