The latest attack on the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) office, in Karachi, is indeed an attempt by the extremists, like several previous ones, to create panic, and thus pressurise Islamabad to review its anti-Taliban military operations along the Pak-Afghan border. Therefore, the 11/11 blast in the red zone area should not be taken lightly and the government should make sincere efforts to ensure that no such incidents occur in future. In the recent attack, the militants adopted a different strategy by first throwing grenades and firing at the guards deployed at the entrance of the building. Thus, they were able to clear the passage for a truck loaded with an estimated 1,000kg of explosives and another vehicle with armed terrorists. According to reports, as soon as the truck packed with explosives blew up in the buildings compound causing devastation on a large scale, the extremists in the other vehicle entered the police headquarters and successfully managed to rescue the suspect terrorists under investigation there. As a result, at least 20 persons were killed and around 150 were injured. The government has accused the Taliban and Al-Qaeda for the Karachi blast, expressing fears that the militants are expanding their deadly fight against innocent people, especially Pakistans security forces, to destabilise the country. One wonders why the government has taken so long to arrive at this conclusion and that too after so much destruction. Meanwhile, it is reasonable to presume that in view of the prevailing deteriorating law and order situation in Karachi, where target killing has become the order of the day, the concerned authorities were so ignorant that even normal security measures were not made in the high-risk zone. Indeed, it is clearly a case of criminal negligence on the part of the government officials that should not go unpunished. Equally disturbing, is the fact that the terrorists took a large number of sensitive weapons from the ammunition depot of the CID building, Also, according to reports, the data about the extremists and their networks has been completely destroyed leaving the CID with no information. More so, while the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan has claimed responsibility for the Karachi bombing. Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik has pointed a finger at Lashkar-I-Jhangvi. This certainly gives a new dimension to the Karachi disaster. Nevertheless, the situation becomes more alarming when viewed in the backdrop of the gathering storm on the political horizon of Pakistan. PML-N Quaid Mian Nawaz Sharif has clearly abandoned his earlier role of a 'friendly opposition. At the same time, CM Punjab is against the Centre on all major issues like sugar, corruption and the rising prices. The other coalition partners too are up in arms as the Reform General Sales Tax (RGST) is tabled in the National Assembly terming it as the last nail in the coffin of Pakistans economy. All is, therefore, not well with the state of affairs. There is discontent on all domestic issues, as well as uncertainty on the external front with an ongoing war along the Pak-Afghan border. So, it seems that the Karachi blast is a warning for the worst to follow as far as the law and order situation is concerned. The government undoubtedly cannot ignore the issues like law and order and the rising prices, including the sugar scandal, just by claiming that it is the responsibility of the provincial governments. Anyone of these issues can blow up into a major disaster for the security and survival of the state. The writer is the president of the Pakistan National Forum.