Protégée terrorists attack Karachi
Three would-be suicide bombers were killed along with a handcuffed hostage when one of the bombers blew himself up following a police raid on a house in Karachi’s Baldia Town on Friday. They were members of Lashkar-e Jhangvi. The operation came after the police arrested the mastermind terrorist Rahimullah. He had planned the April 2006 Nishtar Park suicide attack, the killing of Allama Hassan Turabi in July 2006 and the twin blasts at Karsaz, targeting Ms Bhutto, on October 18, 2007.
The MQM had warned a month ago that Al Qaeda had decided to send its attackers to Karachi. The government thought the statement was exaggerated. And what followed instead were two shows of “terrorist” strength in the city, one by Sipah Sahaba and the other by Lashkar-e Tayba, while the intelligence agencies stood aside and watched. The Lashkar-e Jhangvi has now become a Pakistani branch of Al Qaeda, so has Jaish-e Muhammad in Swat. All these were once the protégées of our intelligence establishment. Today they are killing innocent Pakistanis and the agencies have no clue what is happening. This is what Prime Minister Gilani was referring to when he complained last week about the failure of intelligence in Pakistan. (Daily Times)