God save the guards!

Question: Out of the ongoing security situation in the country, who has become the most tempting and the most vulnerable target of terrorists these days?

Answer: A Policeman on the streets

I would quote one, Imaan Nazir from Islamabad who wrote a comment to the editorial titled, ‘True Heroes’ in Thursday’s The News.

When risking your life is your everyday job for a situation that you cannot even control or prevent, you deserve sincere gratitude. I am referring to our very brave police force. They are criticized, called corrupt and accused of everything and anything, when the truth of the matter is that they are risking their lives by just standing out of the safety of their homes to try and protect us against terrorism, especially suicide bombings. They cannot prevent them and they cannot control them, they are just being told to do their job which is to give away their lives for nothing. I just really would like to thank our police for doing a great job, honestly. They are giving their lives away trying to protect us. They are truly heroes who deserve sincere thanks.

On Thursday, a suicide bomber broke into the Police Training School in Sargodha after shooting a police guard on the entrance and injuring another. His immediate target were the 900 or so police recruits who were taking morning exercises before starting the day. Fortunately, the person in charge of the drill cancelled it just a few minutes earlier and the bomber was shot dead by a constable on duty. Grenades, a pistol and a suicide belt were recovered from the bomber’s body.

In another incident, A small explosion caused by a planted bomb near Traffic Police Centre in Gujranwala, another city in Central Punjab, left 5 policemen injured. details here.

It’s the first time attacks on the police or any other security forces have occured in the Punjab. Authorities in Lahore are on red-alert as is evident from high security arrangements at public places like the Railway Station, Airport, city markets, Hotels, Malls, police stations and public offices.

Every citizen is requested to please remain vigilant of one’s surroundings and report any suspicion immediately to the nearest police station or just call 15.

6 Comments so far

  1. Monkey (unregistered) on August 3rd, 2007 @ 2:37 pm

    Although a vast majority of them is corrupt but there is no doubt that there some gems in the police force too, as elsewhere.

    Here’s one thing I would like to share with everyone here. It’s about the Bomb Disposal Squad and how they have to carry out such a scary job with such little self-security. http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2007%5C02%5C07%5Cstory_7-2-2007_pg12_8


  2. binary-zero (unregistered) on August 3rd, 2007 @ 4:08 pm

    to tell the truth, ( as of today ) i am still part of a Punjab Police dept. [ thats another story how but on a long leave for few years :) ]…what i have analysed, its just the low salary, bad timings, no social life & no moral fixup training which makes most of the policemen corrupt. If you’ve got 2 kids,1 wife, 2 parents (+ God knows what more) to support, you realy cannot do that in the sallary you get, even now when the salary has been raised quite much. Inflation levels are double high.

    A bulk more corruption comes in when they are associated with politicians for staff duties, security etc..

    Speaking of current situation, i would agree with HM, its responsability of every one to keep eyes open, look around and keep police informed.


  3. JayJay (unregistered) on August 3rd, 2007 @ 5:58 pm

    Whether corrupt or not, no person (policeman or civilian) deserves to die such death. It is clear that human-bombers are targeting police because police has been successful in frustrating the designs of these terrorists.

    We not only need to be alert and vigilant but unconditionally and unequivocally condemn the terrorists and the acts of terrorism. Our tendency to justify the acts of terrorism, sometimes intentionally, but more often unintentionally by using ‘if’ and ‘buts”, is encouraging terrorists.

    Anyone who is targeting State functionaries is against the State and People of Pakistan. Be clear on that. These terrorists, we all know what motivates these zombies, want to destroy Pakistan as a viable entity. Please join hand in condemning terrorism for the sake of Pakistan and our future.


  4. JayJay (unregistered) on August 3rd, 2007 @ 6:01 pm

    Whether corrupt or not, no person (policeman or civilian) deserves to die such death. It is clear that human-bombers are targeting police because police has been successful in frustrating the designs of these terrorists.

    We not only need to be alert and vigilant but unconditionally and unequivocally condemn the terrorists and the acts of terrorism. Our tendency to justify the acts of terrorism, sometimes intentionally, but more often unintentionally by using ‘if’ and ‘buts”, is encouraging terrorists.

    Anyone who is targeting State functionaries is against the State and People of Pakistan. Be clear on that. These terrorists, we all know what motivates these zombies, want to destroy Pakistan as a viable entity. Please join hand in condemning terrorism for the sake of Pakistan and our future.


  5. JayJay (unregistered) on August 3rd, 2007 @ 6:04 pm

    Sorry for click the “post” button twice.


  6. Hasan Mubarak (unregistered) on August 4th, 2007 @ 12:09 am

    And we all should support the Police…



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