In view of serious threat to the Parliament House, Air Force and Navel Complexes and Islamabad Int. Airport, a number of joint teams comprising of Air Force, Navy and police commandos are combing the Margalla hills, while strict security is being maintained around many other sensitive installations in the capital. Additional police force and frontier constabulary soldiers have been deputed at Karachi and Sukkar central jails which are thought to be the next targets to release hardcore religious and sectarian terrorist inmates.

Red alert has been sounded for protection of other security installations across the country after last week' daring jailbreak in D I Khan wherein Taliban were able to take 250 comrades, everyone in Pakistan is in fear of an increase in terrorist activities. It was not only a jailbreak but a success story of safely transporting 250 inmates from D I Khan to North Waziristan which is several hundred kilometers away from D I Khan without any detection.

One can understand when, in view of intelligence reports, the US and its allies announced to shutdown embassies and consulates in a number of cities in the region, as this is the maximum they can do; they can't fight battles in other countries, though they have done so in the past. But when a country starts guarding its own installations that means terrorists are taking over that country and real there is a real threat. No country in the world can provide fool proof security to its forces installations, its commercial centers, its education institutes, its historical monuments, its recreational spots; the only way forward is to take the fight to the terrorists themselves, wherever they have either holed up or being churned out on wholesale basis.

Regrettably, Pakistan may be the only country in the world which is not ready to read the writing on the wall. After repeated attacks on security forces, numerous jail breaks, failure of courts to punish the terrorists, murder of 50,000 civilian and security personal, we can say one thing with surety, we are on the retreat and terrorists are winning. Both the terrorists and their victims are on same page, both think they are doing a service to their religion.


Saudi Arab, August 6.