Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, in the light of militancy which claimed 26 lives in the attacks in Quetta and Ziarat, has said that terrorism has increased, and the judiciary can only give decisions, it does not have a gun. Speaking at different functions at the Lahore Registry of the Supreme Court and at the Judicial Academy on Saturday, the day the attacks occurred, he stressed that the rule of law meant that all organs of state had to fulfil their legal responsibility. As the Chief Justice said, the judiciary did not have any force at its disposal. That belongs to the Executive, or the government, in the form of the law enforcement agencies. They are bound to act according to the law, and as the judiciary interprets that law bindingly, they are ultimately to follow those interpretations. The Balochistan attacks are a case in point: it was the responsibility of the law enforcing agencies to obtain intelligence that could have led to the foiling of the blasts. Now that they have faild in the previous duty, it is up to the same agencies to find the attackers and arrest them. That is the point at which the judiciary, because of its constitutional duty to interpret the law, comes to the fore. It must judge whether the detention is in accordance with the law and if the accused deserve punishment on the basis of the evidence against them. That punishment must be executed by the Executive. This means that the Executive agencies must not only maintain an efficient intelligence service, but also ensure that required evidence is collected against criminals, so that the judiciary can convict and hand back punishment. Just as the use of force is not the judiciart's domain, neither is the deliverance of sentences any purview of the agencies, and so they must be made to understand. The meddling by the use of force, without the required legal procedures being fulfilled, has been a disastrous strategy. Had it been working, despite being utterly against the law, the results would not have manifested themselves as the Ziarat residency in ruins. The judiciary has to ensure that all this happens within the ambit of the law of the land, a law that the agencies must also display respect for -- or the terrorists will claim their strategy to be no different. It is up to the government to evolve a mechanism whereby the steps it takes are legal and appropriately forceful, according to the need of the situation. The Ziarat attacks and the Quetta attacks are both differently motivated, but the fact remains that both groups must be recognised as hostile to the state and persecuted by the full force of the law.