A deadly dilemma
Rob Crilly, the Pakistan correspondent for the Telegraph in London, nailed the problem when he wrote:
There is not much any security can do in the face of a gang of men who have strapped on suicide vests, said their final prayers and have their minds on the 72 virgins that await. No target can be secure enough.
Indeed. They were very well trained, one official said. Their plan was very well thought out. Some of the attackers were strapped with explosives. A couple of dozen people, including some of the attackers, were killed in the assault Sunday on the Karachi airport; 23 others were killed elsewhere in Pakistan; and the next day, terrorists opened a subsequent attack on a training center near the airport.
The Pakistan Taliban claimed responsibility for the assaults, which included gunmen on motorbikes.
Crilly describes the Pakistan Taliban as an umbrella group of thugs, gangsters and sectarian terror outfits related to, but distinct from, Mullah Omar’s Taliban in Afghanistan. And what is clear is that Pakistan is not going to be safe until it cleans up the Taliban mess in its own country.