Yesterday we wrote about a bombing Saturday in Quetta, Pakistan that killed upwards of 80 people. While violence there threatens to become so routine that attacks like this get little response, public anger is rising. Reuters reports:
[G]rieving relatives refused to bury their kin in a powerful rebuke to a government they say has repeatedly failed to protect them.
On Tuesday, Shi’ite leaders called off the protest after Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira said four suspects had been killed and 170 people arrested within hours of the government announcing an operation against the militants.
The good news here is that the protests—not just in Quetta, but across Pakistan—were strong enough, apparently, to elicit a response. The Pakistani people should continue to pressure their government to prosecute domestic terrorism.
The bad news is that it looks as if the security forces could have prevented these attacks but chose not to do it. Rounding up 170 suspects and killing four in a matter of hours suggests that the Pakistani government had intelligence on the culprits before the bombing. Let’s hope for a new wave of arrests, this time of officials who connive at mass murder.