Monday, March 28, 2016


From the BBC: ''The explosion, believed to have been carried out by one suicide bomber, hit the main gate to the Gulshan-e-Iqbal park in the early evening, a short distance from the children's playground. Officials said the device had been packed with ball bearings.''

This situation is not specific to Lahore. Instead, Lahore is just one example of the utter political dysfunction that defines Pakistani political life. For too long, extremist Sunni Imams have been able to hold bastions of power under the authority of the Pakistani state. But until Pakistan purges the ISI and other corrupted institutions of government, this attack and other atrocities (notably the Peshawar school massacre) will continue with regularity. The Pakistani Taliban revels in the annihilation of civil society and religious freedom. That TPP have again attacked children with ball bearings marks in blood our responsibility to destroy them. My piece on the Peshawar school attack - and politics - can be found here.

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