The river of blood flowing through the dear homeland for some time past is now at its most violent. Its implacable fury is to all intents and purposes making a deafening noise that the government’s writ exists but in name only. The violence in Quetta claimed nine more lives on Saturday, all members of Hazara community. As seen in previous cases of sectarian bloodletting, the killers will never be caught. Equally worse is the case of the ill-fated city of Peshawar that has been the target of deadliest of suicide bomb attacks. So far the number of casualties from this city alone has been in thousands over the years. On Friday, a bomb was detonated in a market packed with shoppers mostly women and children. The explosion left 12 people dead and gravely wounded many others.

To the blood that is being so mercilessly spilled, the prevailing setup is worried but only to the extent of issuing statements, manifest once again from Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf asking for the implementation of the Supreme Court orders to control terrorism in Balochistan. As such there is neither any coherent strategy, nor meaningful security measures to pre-empt the attacks. So far not even  a reactive strategy is in place, which explains why the killers are roaming free.