The attack against a Muharram Majlis in Karachi that led to the deaths of five is the fourth attack against Shias in the city since the beginning of Muharram this year. The country as a whole rejoiced when the 9th and 10th of Muharram passed without incident, but clearly we were lulled into a false sense of security too soon.

The attack took place in the absence of any police presence at the event, which the authorities claim is due to not being informed about the Majlis in advance. While the organisers should have informed the government for protection, surely there has to be increased police presence in the city around the clock during this time of the year.

Sectarian attacks take place with startling frequency in the country, and the three attacks that preceded this one in Karachi should have spurred law enforcement agencies into action. The last three each led to the death of at least one person. But, as is expected, we have to wait for a sufficient body count before noticing that something is amiss.

Lashkar-e-Janghvi has claimed responsibility for this last attack, and although their involvement is not confirmed, there can be no doubt that the attackers, if nothing else, were on the same ideological wavelength as LeJ. Surely this raises a multitude of questions about the actual presence of LeJ in Karachi, and what – if anything – the state is doing to inhibit this terrorist outfit.

The operation in Karachi might have led to a curtailment of TTP and other related groups, but there needs to be some action taken against LeJ and other groups promoting sectarian hate in the country.

LeJ has also claimed responsibility for the attack on the police academy in Quetta. Malik Ishaq is no more, and yet LeJ’s activities continue in full force throughout the country. There are dark rumours, of a deepening connection between LeJ and ISIS. The picture released by ISIS of one of the attackers looked eerily similar to the images released by the government of the attackers killed.

If this is really the case, it is imperative to stop the progress of this nexus before it is too late. All sects must be protected at all costs, but it seems that so far, the state is being beaten by LeJ in spreading strife along sectarian divides. Does the government have an answer?