Our western border region is facing two evils at the moments: American adventurism, coming out in missile strikes and raids, and the homegrown sectarian bloodletting. Though both have exacted a heavy toll on the local population, it is a pity that the local sects, notably Sunni and Shia, continue spilling blood. Consider the latest attack. At least 25 people were killed and many more injured in a grenade attack followed by indiscriminate firing by unknown assassins in a mosque located in the Maskanai area of Lower Dir on Wednesday. What pinches the most is the fact that the attackers cared little for the children who were inside the mosque. Though authorities are not sure who exactly was behind the attack, the possibility of warring tribes creating mischief cannot be ruled out. Considering the complexity of the situation, one cannot help but think it was a free-for-all with the miscreants taking advantage of the situation made worse by the War on Terror. On the other hand, the government's lacklustre approach in rooting out this menace has proved to be another stumbling block. Of late, the rival sects, including members of the Tori and Bangash tribes in Kurram Agency, turned the area into a virtual battlefield, thinking they had the impunity to do so. Despite the assurance by Advisor to Prime Minister on Interior Rehman Malik earlier of a crackdown on these troublemakers, the scourge is very much alive. Meanwhile, little is being done for the local population as they continue moving back and forth in the area to avert violence. The humanitarian crisis should be dealt with efficiently. There are about 250,000 internally displaced persons, many of them seeking refuge in poorly managed camps. The 45-day ceasefire that was announced at the start of Ramadan led many people to venture back to their homes, only to find that the area had sunk deeper into violence. Apart from reining in the warring sects, the government must come up with a more holistic approach in dealing with the plight of the refugees.