Terrorists continue to slaughter innocent citizens of Quetta as though they were cattle. The writ of the provincial as well as federal government, -- if at all any such thing exists -- with intelligence agencies watching this massacre as silent spectators, has been blown into smithreens.

The Supreme Court and Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali have questioned the performance of all intelligence agencies, but it seem all the ministy can do is to just rant and rave as they seem to have no clue as to exactly how to make the agencies do their job honestly. In a renewed wave of terrorism, at least seven people, including four members of the beleaguered Hazara community were gunned down in Quetta on Monday in two separate terrorist attacks. According to the local police, unidentified gunmen driving a motorcycle shot and killed Raza Hussain, an electronics shop owner and three of his colleagues as they headed home from work in their car. Later, gunmen opened fire at a cold drink shop, killing three people and seriously wounding two others. A shutter-down strike was being observed in Quetta to protest the killings, and the Hazara Democratic Party and other organisations had called for three days of mourning. Quetta has witnessed a recent surge in incidents of violence, with sectarian militants repeatedly targeting the Hazara community in several bombings and gun-attacks. The latest incidents of firing come exactly two weeks after a deadly suicide bombing in Quetta killing 30 members of the minority community. The Lashkar-i-Jhangvi had claimed responsibility for the blast but what does it matter; they have been doing that for a long time while no one, not even one state institution is brave enough to take them on. What remains to be seen is why the authorities are reluctant to initiate action against outlawed outfits that claim responsibility of these attacks. Their inaction in this context could well be termed as their connivance. It does not come as a surprise that the representatives of Hazra community have finally alleged that official agencies are either involved or patronising such elements.