Regrettably, it has become evident that our governments – the past ones as well as incumbent – have managed to create a mind-numbing cycle that keeps civilians’ lives embroiled within it. After the twin blasts in Peshawar on Christians attending mass, we have learnt – yet again – that our ruling elite and army remain disorganized in their combined approach to tackle the country’s ever-increasing impasse of terrorism. We are told, for the umpteenth time, that a negotiation with the very same perpetrators of mass carnage will somehow yield positive results. Pervez Rasheed seems convinced that another APC is the way to peace. The logic remains absent and the cycle continues when another terrorist claims another life, or a dozen.

The right way to go is to take direct and unapologetic action against groups that have openly claimed and reveled in their reputation for terrorist activities. After the gruesome outcome of the church blasts in Peshawar, a report in this paper warns that the gurdwaras in Lahore could likely face attacks. The Punjab government has directed Commissioner Lahore division to devise a security plan for the attendees and their gurdwaras. The step is appreciated but, again, its efficacy is short term. Now is the right time to review the problematic APC decisions and work for a more pragmatic agenda instead. Until then, uncertainty prevails – quite predictably.

Meanwhile. Imran Khan sticks to his true colours, that of someone enamoured of the Taliban’s sincerity. His latest stunning recommendation is that the Taliban be allowed to open an office in Pakistan, to allow peace talks to progress. Mr Khan’s unflinching belief that the Taiban manifesto can be reconciled with the constitution of Pakistan is most worrying. His refusal to note the difference between the way of life of Pakistan, and that propagated by the Taliban means that there is perhaps greater danger from Mr Khan, than from the Taliban. At least they are blunt about what they want. Mr Khan seems to find that their unreasonable and undemocratic demands not only deserve attention, but when accompanied by the use of violence, they deserve to be legitimized by a proper political office and a foot in the door of government.

Mr Khan has been elected, the process deserves respect. Unfortunately, Mr Khan himself seems to think that the Taliban and their ilk need not bother going through the motions. This gives the impression that Mr Khan sympathises so absolutely with their agenda, that he would be willing to make every concession in the rules to accommodate them. The danger is that at any further APC, appeasement and self-preservation may lead many to side with Mr Khan. This is a dangerous path to start down, and if the public scrutiny of an APC will lead to bad decisions, it may be best that it should not be held. It is obvious what needs to be done, the government has the mandate, it should get on with it.