The attack on the Sufi shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar on Thursday was one of the more bloodier ones that Pakistan has witnessed in recent times. It was reportedly carried out by a woman suicide bomber who pledged allegiance to Islamic State, and was the fifth terrorist incident this week. According to reports, at least 100 people were left dead in the attack, with dozens more battling for their lives. The recent spate of terrorists attacks are also being fretted upon by the country’s security agencies for a different reason. It is being reported in Pakistani media that some of the more deadlier terrorist groups like the Tehreek-e-Taliban (TTP) and domestically-focussed Lashkar-e-Jhanghvi are shunning their ideological differences to fight back against Islamabad, whose security forces has been involved in massive counter-insurgency operation against these outfits. The recent surge in terrorist violence, more so this week, serves as an ominous reminder of the threat the entire Pakistan is facing. A veteran American spy earlier this week dubbed Pakistan the most dangerous country for the world, as he also highlighted how different terror groups could come together to topple Pakistan’s democratically elected leadership. What Pakistan is now asking of Afghanistan is to crack down on some of these terror groups, the leaders of which are believed to be based of Afghanistan. It is a completely justified demand. But so are India’s pleas to Pakistan, aren’t they?
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