Not too long ago, in December 2014, we witnessed one of the most horrific attacks in Pakistan’s history, on school children in Peshawar. After that attack the government made tall promises of countering the menace of terrorism. But the terrorists showed greater determination in their actions as compared to the APC set-up NAP.

In the last three months we have seen numerous attacks in which hundreds of people lost their lives or sustained injuries. The latest being the attack on the Christian community in Lahore on Sunday.

Over the past 50 plus hours we have seen various events unfold on our TV screens; each worse than the previous – from blown up bodies to burnt corpses and peaceful protests turning to violence and madness when incited by so called vested interests.

Almost everyone traveling from one place to another in Lahore has been filled with the fear of becoming a target to that mob mentality.

But there have no black display pictures on social media. People have been seen complaining instead and some have even been abusing the victims. And typically everyone has ignored the root cause of this mayhem – the elephant in the room.

For every action there is a reaction, this line seems to fit today’s events perfectly. About 40 years ago a ruler, to perpetuate his rule, acted against one sect of society and stated that “today it’s them tomorrow it will be others.”

Over the years it has proved to be true. From Ahmadis to Shias and Christians to Hindus we have seen minorities cornered in the worst possible manner. In the past seven years they have been pushed further in the corner with forced conversions, blasphemy cases, people being burnt alive in brick kilns, target killing and last but not the least, blasts.

While the blast in the Youhanabad churches was just another attack, the backlash was significantly different this time. No one expected the scenes to turn out the way they did. People, all of a sudden, forgot the attack and started blaming the mob and began demanding justice for those who were burnt.

Complaints against the protestors’ violence by destroying public property (aka the Metro Bus Service) were rampant. Many people called them illiterate, completely ignoring the community’s marginalization owing to discrimination in our system. With such a distorted and obnoxious education system, how do you expect the majority of the people living hand to mouth, to gain education?

Why are we seeking justice only for those who were burnt? It was a terrible crime no doubt, but aren’t we being criminally biased?

Have we forgotten the Christian couple that was burnt alive in Kasur? Till today justice has not been served for them. The attack on PAT was another horrendous act and still no justice to be found.

Can we forget those kids who were beaten to death in Sialkot? Justice? Nope.

What about all the blasts what took place on the Shia Hazaras? Justice? Nowhere to be found.

So, why exactly are we more concerned about the Metro Bus Service and Motorways?

What was the fault of those who died in the church attacks or even of the others who were targeted by barefaced terrorism?

Where is the government? What is it doing after formulating the National Action Plan ? What is it doing to help the victims in dealing with the trauma? Who is producing a counter-narrative for the popular narrative?

The war will not be successful only with military action. It needs other actions too, which can be achieved only if there is a will of the state.

Some say that we are in a state of war and we have to be prepared for sacrifices. Well yes there is no doubt about that, but my question is who exactly is “we”?

The masses, the Army or does it include the government as well?

Because I do not see any resolve coming from the government to boost the moral of society and unite it against this menace.

It is at times like these that the people demand to see an end to lip-service and concrete actions to implement the human rights clauses of the “famous" 1973 (consensus) Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

I hear that when the 1965 war started, President Ayub Khan addressed the nation immediately and took it in confidence. If our memories are weak and we have an issue with our own army, let us not forget Jordan’s recent example where the King himself took a stand against ISIS after they had burnt the Jordanian pilot and then monitored the operation himself.

So where is the ‘most experienced’ third-time Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif?

Is it not his responsibility to address the nation and tell them where we stand and what the national interest of Pakistan is?  But our governments always support mob and gun culture for their own political survival and such issues are petty matters for them.