The horrifying suicide attack on Karachi airport by Pakistani Taliban will place the government on a direct collision course with both militants and the military – unless it is prepared to change its weak-kneed response to terrorism.
On Sunday night militants blasted their way into the cargo terminal of Pakistan‘s largest airport and fought a five-hour gun battle with security forces, setting alight the terminal and damaging aircraft. At least 29 people were killed, including 10 terrorists. The attack was later claimed by the Pakistani Taliban, which has begun a nationwide offensive against the government. On the same day a Sunni extremist group allied to the Taliban massacred 23 Shia civilians on a bus in Baluchistan province. Continue reading »