The suicide blast in Peshawar, which led to the killing of 15 people, and the gunning down of an MQM MPA and his son in Karachi, illustrated two different aspects of the same sectarian threat. Whereas the former was clearly sectarian, the latter was political. After all, the sectarian killings in Peshawar follow close on the heels of the killing of two independent MPAs supporting the ruling PTI-led coalition, and the MPA was killed while the memory of the Abbas Town blasts still haunt the city. It seems clear that while the sectarian killings are because of the belief that those killed are not Muslims, the MPAs have been killed because they were elected to the Assemblies, something the militants consider unIslamic. But religion does not figure in their philosophy except for using it as a cloak to kill people at random, the last thing any Muslim in the world can think of. Clearly, more harm has been done to Islam by these marauders than any other external enemy or factor. It should be noted that in both incidents, the militants took advantage of Friday congregations. At Peshawar, the blast took place in the Jamia Al-Hussainia just before the Friday prayers started, while in Karachi, the assassination took place the Friday prayers in a North Nazimabad mosque. The broad daylight slaughter of Shias and Hazaraas plainly is evidence of a very systematic and vicious campaign of ethnic cleansing being perpetrated by a certain outfit enjoying backing of political parties. The intensification of the Tehrik Taliban Pakistan’s campaign against the MQM cannot be ignored, and there must be a thorough investigation of this aspect, both by the federal government, as well as by the provincial government which has invited it to join the provincial government. There is no point in the trading of allegations between the federal and provincial governments, which they could naturally fall into, different parties being in office in the two provinces, as well as the centre. If the militants get the impression they can play on centre-province differences, the situation would go out of hand. Both acts of terrorism should not be condemned merely, which has become a routine, a standard practice by the politicians to brush the dilemma under the carpet. The next day, the agenda is totally different and rather than cracking down on these barbarians, we see someone from the government standing up to advocate talks with the killers. Only when the killers have killed enough people that is in thousands would we grant them respect at the table of negotiations? The more people the militants kill, the more tolerance and cowardice we display. The signal we are evincing is that law exists surely but not for those who can kill on a large scale. Let’s not advocate placating the killers anymore.