Pakistan – Once again terrorists in have have created the headlines in Pakistan. This time some of the victims are Christian women and children in a public park in Lahore.
Once again the headlines are predictable and the same old politicians trot out the same old platitudes. The same old assurances uttered. Nothing will change.
This is because terrorism in Pakistan is part of the normal political process. Each political party has its own associated terrorist wing that it uses to control its supporters and suppress its opponents.
In the case of this latest terrorist bombing, the terrorists are associated with the Pakistani governing party. Condemnation from the government has been noticeably muted and very much of a token nature.
In fact the lead in the crackdown has come from the army, with the prime minister Nawaz Sharif being rather muted in his support. That we have got to hear about it is only because some of the victims are christian. had they been shia muslims we would have heard nothing.