A dozen suicide attacks in just over a week this month have sparked anger in Pakistan at the failure of the government and the military to pursue a sustained counter-terrorism campaign with a strategic plan and narrative. Instead, they blame neighbouring countries and allow some militant groups to go untouched in the country.
The height of anguish for many was the February 16 explosion at a Sufi shrine in Sindh province that killed 88 people, including 20 children, and wounded another 250. The shrine is one of the most revered in south Asia.
The attack with the strongest political message was outside the Punjab parliament in the heart of Lahore, where security is tight. Fifteen people were killed — including seven police officers — and more than 100 wounded. It was a humiliation for the government. Read more