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Implication of terrorist attack in Pakistan

Pakistan seems to be paying a high price domestically for being America's ally in the war against terrorism.

LAHORE: Pakistan seems to be paying a high price domestically for being America's ally in the war against terrorism.

Sunday night's deadly attack at the Karachi Jinnah International Airport left 36 people dead.

The violence is now being seen as a direct consequence of the government's failure to deal with the Pakistani Taliban who after claiming responsibility for that attack, promised many more as revenge for the killing of Hakimullah Mehsud in Waziristan by a US drone strike last year.

Pakistani Rangers said the arms and ammunition along with blood thickener injections recovered from the terrorists are of Indian origin.

Defence experts are claiming there appears to be much to the situation than was initially understood.

Defence analyst Javed Iqbal explained: "The Taliban are not capable of carrying out such a special mission with such a degree of accuracy without foreign funding, foreign support and foreign weapons and it is very clear that they are part of it. Those who have come to limelight are Taliban but it would be naive to consider that it is Taliban and Taliban only."

Caught off guard, the Pakistani government has comprehensively increased security and deployed rangers and army officials to protect the nation's airports as well as government buildings.

More officers are patrolling the airport now and security is at high alert. In addition, security has been tightened and all passengers are individually searched along with their baggage.

This current wave of terrorism comes some five months after drone strikes were suspended in Pakistan to allow peace talks to flourish between the government and the Taliban.

Contrary to that, the latest assault has not only damaged the peace process but also forced more than 58,000 people to flee from their lives in the Waziristan tribal district, which is about 1,000 kilometres north of Karachi as the Pakistan army is conducting air strikes to destroy possible terrorist hideouts.

"We are now in a state of war so the government will have to take it to the parliament and take everybody on board for serious action against Taliban which should be decisive," said Mr Iqbal.

The Karachi airport carnage comes just weeks prior to the holy month of Ramadan. And with a continued terror threat to all metropolitan cities of Pakistan, experts fear that this flurry of violence is likely to continue throughout the fasting month.

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