This city may have experienced its worst terrorist incident, but there were no explosions, just firing. The target this time were Ahmadis, though it could have been some other non-Muslims. However, the only non-Muslims to have their collective worship on a Friday, which is a particularly auspicious day for such actions, are Ahmadis. Christians worship on Sundays, and were not sure, but so far, they were the only ones targeted. And then, there are the members of the Ahle Tashi who have been killed. One may or may not dispute their being non-Muslim (while everyone agrees that the Ahmadis are not Muslim, the view that Shias are not is a decidedly minority one), but if Pakistan is supposed to be an Islamic state, its non-Muslim citizens are also deserving of protection, not for fun, but as a matter of right. At the same time, if anyone wishes to argue that Pakistan is not an Islamic state, so its open season on minorities, somehow this wont wash. Admittedly, not just Islamic states, but all states, have a firm objection to their citizens being killed, and the Ahmadis who died were not Muslims, but they were Pakistanis, citizens of this state, which presumably is to be made Islamic. Or do the killers think that Pakistan isnt even a state? They would find plenty of takers of that view across the border, and they have probably adopted at least some of the views of those who are helping and funding them. Anyhow, those who have no compunction about killing non-Hindus, and not just Muslims, but Christians too, would have no problem with the murder of so many Pakistanis, with no questions asked about their religion. So long as they were not Hindus. Some would say that the Friday massacres only showed that when a persons end has come, it has come. None of those at the fatal congregations were in Gilgit-Baltistan, where the lakes suddenly produced was about to overflow, which it did on Sunday. Obviously, I think thats perhaps stretching it a little, because though Ahmadis tend to be PPP supporters, and though Gilgit-Baltistan has always elected PPP governments, the people of Gilgit-Baltistan are not Ahmadis, but Shias. That was considered reason enough to kill them about 20 years ago, so they really dont need the complication with the landslide and the water. Apart from the landslide, there have been snow melts from glaciers. It might not be the right time to mention it, but these melts are a sign of the summer, which has been breaking records in the glacier-less plains. I dont believe there have been any deaths due to heatstroke, and that will probably have to wait for Ramazan, when people will fast and go out into the heat, but in the meanwhile, the heat wave has meant that people have been breathing with difficulty already. That the Budget will come early is probably appropriate, so when all of those IMF-dictated taxes rain down on our heads, we will breathe with even more difficulty. A little heavy breathing is something the government can live with. Especially where the IMF is concerned. And what was the PMs reaction to the carnage in Lahore? Going off to Saidu Sharif, a cool place in the summer, but without any lakes being built up, and his telling an audience there that the Army operation there had been successful. Well, how is Lahore supposed to be made peaceful for ordinary, Muslim, citizens? Must there be an Army operation here first? I doubt it, because there is not just a cantonment, but also a DHA. Its not the militarys fault that the bottom has collapsed out of the real estate market, with the result that real estate agenting is not so lucrative any more. The happening scene is still in the courts, which have also been attacked. It seems that the killers are busy with heretics, and not all of them are to be found in the district courts. Next, they will go after state agencies, and then after ordinary shoppers. And there are people out there, who are willing to die so that we ask ourselves the question: is it worth having the Americans over here to fight these people? And we are assuming that the Americans are bringing the War on Terror to an end, not pursuing some other agenda. The question is about as circular as the circular debt that keeps us in the dark, but it is only when we have an answer that well be able to answer the question of where we stand in this War.