I think there should be no rallies in markets anywhere in the province of Khyber-Pakhtoonkhwah. After the tragic incident of suicide bombing in the political rally in Qisa Khwani Bazaar of Peshawar on April 19 which killed 23 and injured another 65, there is no justification for gathering crowds in markets. A similar incident had taken place in Timergara, Lower Dir, a few days ago. There is a very wrong and unethical trend in Pakistan that every party in power uses the market as centre stage for their rallies. In reaction, the apposition parties also hold similar rallies and processions, inevitably in crowded markets and bazaars. The law enforcement agencies have no power to prevent the ruling parties from doing this. And the opposition has the excuse of doing only what the ruling party has been doing rather more often with out any care for lives of the common citizens. The problem with our political leadership is very simple. Political parties have lost confidence of the masses. They cannot gather a sizable number of people in an open area. Therefore, they resort to holding their rallies in busy markets and bazaars to utilize the available rush of bazaar to create a false illusion of their political support. Time now for our political parties to reach a consensus on at least sparing the markets. They should resolve that from now onwards, they would hold their political rallies only in open areas till such time that this crisis of terrorism is resolved. As it is, the political parties at least partially share the responsibility for greater loss of lives in terrorist incident simply because they wuldnt let go of their politicking. -BASHIR HUSSAIN AZAD, Chitral, April 21.