SUCH is the state of confusion at the highest level that the Prime Minister and his Interior Advisor have different views about what the suicide bomber really wanted to target, the former insisting that he wanted to hit the Parliament building and Prime Minister House and the latter maintaining that his destination was the Marriott Hotel. One hopes that the investigation team constituted by the government clarifies a number of things that need explanation. Both Prime Minister Gilani and PM's Advisor Rehman Malik, however, agree that there was no security lapse, a view that few are likely to share with them. That unauthorized persons were able to acquire, without being noticed, 600 kilos of high-intensity military explosive, known as TNT and RDX, indicates a failure on the part of the security agencies. Some officials have apparently not performed their duties exactly as they should have, or there are loopholes in the security system and those above have shown laxity in detecting and removing them. What is equally surprising is that the perpetrators of the crime managed to get a truck laden with the deadly material inside the Red Zone of the capital city, where strict security measures are supposedly taken round the clock, including patrolling by police commandos. Was there a lapse in these measures? Intelligence agencies have played a crucial role in suppressing terrorism all over the world. Unless they improve their working in Pakistan, incidents of the sort will continue to take place. The attack on the Marriott Hotel also underlines the need for proper training of the security guards placed at key buildings that are likely to be targeted by terrorists. The guards deployed at the hotel sacrificed their lives while trying to extinguish fire before it exploded the explosive-laden truck. Better trained guards might have acted more effectively during the four minutes they got. There is a need for regulating the private security agencies that neither hire people properly trained for dealing with such incidents nor pay them enough salaries. The deadly attack on the Marriott Hotel has caused widespread concern all over the country. As suicide attacks once again become more frequent and deadlier, the people look up to the elected government to provide them security. What is badly needed is full clarity about the enemy behind the attacks. Parliament needs to be given a briefing on how the Army and the security agencies perceive the situation. Subsequently, a comprehensive policy to meet the growing threat, that takes into account the input provided by peoples' representatives, needs to be formulated. What is equally important is to take the public into confidence so that the government and the law enforcement agencies have its full support.