A:     It’s such a shame. I feel absolutely devastated about Youhanabad, Sadiq, but I just wonder, what more on a logistical level, could be done by the state? I read there were two policemen on guard outside the churches. And of course two policemen can do nothing against suicide bombers with vests strapped to their chests. But there are thousands of churches across the length and breadth of this country. How much security is enough? How are such levels of security even possible? The whole country would become a labyrinth of checkpoints every few feet!

S:     But it’s not about just throwing a fistful of security guards and policemen and checkpoints at the problem, Ameen. As you quite rightly point out, that’s rather impossible, logistically speaking. The term to use here is intelligent security. There are patterns that can be drawn out rather easily just by analysing a bit of recent history. Remember Joseph Colony? Remember the Peshawar church bombings? Christian areas are high risk areas. Christian places of worship more so. If the government would take the time to sit down for a few days and go about the problem in a more scientific way, it would be a lot more effective and efficient. High risk areas must be identified and dealt with accordingly. This is a matter of life and death.

A:     But you underestimate the scale of the problem. Even what you suggest is too simplistic. Take the Peshawar school attack for example. Following the attack, schools all over the country now have to follow a strict security protocol, students have to cut down on activities and in general it is a matter of supreme inconvenience, not to mention is cost-ineffective. 99.9% of these schools will never be attacked, or targeted, but the paranoia far outweighs the maths. Ultimately, you will have the same problem on your hands. Cities beset with bored guards, angry people and still no results.