Press release, March 11
LAHORE: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has expressed alarm at the government’s inability to guarantee security of life to the people in the face of almost daily explosions even in cities teeming with personnel of a multitude of security agencies.
In a statement issued after two suicide car blasts in Lahore on Tuesday morning, the commission said: the security agencies are consistently failing in fulfilling their primary responsibility of ensuring the safety of lives and property of the citizens.
The State’s role is clearly more than that of a news agency. At a time when the citizens are extremely worried about their security following explosions on a daily basis, the government has nothing comforting to offer. It is disappointing to once again hear government statements merely on whether the explosion was a suicide bomb or not. Official statements about a random number of suicide bombers entering different cities are hardly reassuring.
Such statements do little more than increase a sitting-duck feeling among the common person. The current spate of explosions comes less than a month after the caretaker interior ministry claimed the government had broken the back of terrorists. Any effective plan to counter such unfortunate attacks in the future remains invisible. What the people would now like to hear is how the government plans to counter increasing bomb blasts in the country. The people would also like to see the security agencies concentrate their resources on ensuring security for the people instead of beating up peaceful protesters, detaining judges and resorting to “disappearances”.