The inquiry commission charged with finding the factors which led to the Quetta attack on August 8, that led to the deaths of over 70, including 53 lawyers has broken new ground by calling the government out for the various failures that led to this attack.

The 110-page report of the commission minces no words for once, and has identified all major factors that led to this attack, from principle failures such as allowing the propagation of extremist mindsets in the country, to logistical lapses such as not seeing the trap that was laid down for the lawyers after the murder of one of their own, Bilal Kasi. The fact that the government has so far neglected inform the public about proscribed organisations, the names with which they operate after they have been banned and choosing to let known members of those organisations roam free was all part of the scathing criticism meted out in the Justice Qazi Faez Isa-led report.

The report also calls the government out for its sloth-like progress on the National Action Plan, in particular, following through on the Balochistan government’s request to ban both Jamaat-ul-Ahraar and Lashkar-i-Janghvi Al-Almi.

But perhaps the most important factor in the report is the deconstruction of the government’s argument of the involvement of foreign agencies or governments in this attack. The judicial commission is correct in pointing out that any potential foreign involvement does not take away from the fact that all the necessary preparations for the attack were made within Pakistan, with Pakistanis involved. For all intents and purposes, foreign interference is of no consequence if the government does its job of adequately providing security and taking out extremist and terrorist cells within the country.

Why is it that even today, on the two-year anniversary of the most horrific terrorist attack in this country’s history, extremists in Karachi and Lahore have come out in protest in support of those that attacked the Ahmedi mosque in Chakwal? Two years later, on the same day, a terrorist tried entering a Shia mosque in Hyderabad, and would have killed countless innocents, if he was not stopped on time. So should we really be surprised that tragedies such as Quetta or APS continue to take place? Can we blame anyone but ourselves? Does the federal government deserve no blame even after three years in power?

Fact-finding commissions have been formed before, evidence has been unearthed in the past as well, but what is important is to learn from the findings in this report. There is a lot that can be used here. Even a child could realise that fostering extremist elements or turning a blind eye to their activities will lead to bloodshed. More needs to be done, and fast.