Quetta Blast | An Intelligence Failure?

Written by  Published by:Shiite News
Published in Pakistan
Thursday, 11 August 2016

Despite Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's claim on the floor of parliament that country’s political and military stand on the same page, ministers below have to argue the fact that Quetta bomb blast was an intelligence failure or not.

Mehmood Khan Achakzai believes it is and has demanded an inconceivable change in the structure, argued by Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan who argued that it is a national duty to support the country’s armed forces and intelligence apparatus.

On the other hand military leadership has, now, in the wake of the Quetta carnage, ordered a combing operation across the country when earlier they didn't feel a need for it.

Claims of breaking the back of terrorist nexus and operation clean up in Pakistan has only left Pakistan convulsed by terrorism that remains undefeated, an example the Quetta incident.

The valued rebuttal by intelligence and counterterrorism department that the enemy has to succeed only once for the state to appear failed, has succeeded as they did.

Not only that they were one up but as well a threat alert was sent across Sindh with identified individuals and factions being at risk. Red alert remains a practice, security to follow still scarce.

An IRA claim of responsibility after a failed assassination attempt against then UK prime minister Margaret Thatcher perhaps most famously encapsulates the state’s conundrum: “Today we were unlucky, but remember we only have to be lucky once — you will have to be lucky always.”

Yet, there are two aspects worth considering of the reaction to the Quetta bombing, and, indeed, generally to virtually every major attack.

Contrast first the reaction of Chaudhry Nisar to the Quetta bombing with his reaction to personnel allegedly involved in granting entry to a ‘blacklisted’ American citizen, Matthew Barrett.

Without waiting for a thorough investigation and acting swiftly, the interior minister ordered legal action against several individuals and bluntly claimed that crimes had been committed.

Yet, when it comes to the intelligence apparatus, especially that led by the military, Chaudhry Nisar appears to automatically believe that no wrong could have been committed, no lapse ever allowed. Why?

With security at high alert, Zarb-e-Azb in progress, National Action Plan underway and all banned networks identified; the intel agencies waits for an incident then foil bids of terror.

The focus is the city where the attack took place and the area within that city where the bomber struck.

After more than a decade of near-total control of security policy and a dominant hand in the security arrangements of the province, why is Balochistan’s intelligence apparatus unable to detect a plan as sophisticated as the one that unfolded in Quetta on Monday?

At the very least, some coordination was required to first kill a senior lawyer and then strike the hospital where his colleagues had gathered to receive his body.

Coordination means vulnerability to interception as does the fact that the first killing should have heightened security immediately in the vicinity of the hospital. Surely, it is not unpatriotic to ask if everything possible is being done before deaths occur, and not after.

Inspired by an article from Dawn.com

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