Osama Bin Laden’s death didn’t just herald a new beginning for the United States, but also for its ally on war on terror – Pakistan. But while the United States celebrated the death of the most wanted man, things for Pakistan are not rosy.
Almost a month down since the day Bin Laden was shot a few hundred meters from Pakistan Military’s Sandhurst, Kakul Academy – the Pakistani Taliban have wrecked a havoc inside the country. From weekly bomb blasts claiming hundreds of lives to attacking mosques during Friday prayers – there isn’t much left that the Taliban haven’t attacked to avenge the death of their so-called leader.
The latest attack this morning on a Police Station in the city of Peshawar, KPK, is fourth such retaliatory attack. Here we recap the four events that have shaken the foundation of Pakistan’s armed forces and have forced them in a retreat. We predict this is not all and that there are more attacks expected as the Taliban gear to take revenge and create more havoc in Pakistan.
1- The attacks on the US Consulate Peshawar
The attack on the US Consulate officials led to the death of a passer-by. The attack used 50kgs of explosives that were planted in a car. The Taliban didn’t just claim responsibility but also vowed to make more attacks targeting diplomatic staff of not just the US, but also all NATO countries.
2- Two attacks on Pakistan Naval buses
Navy has brunt the worst of the terrorist attacks in the past few months. With several buses bombed and then later a naval base attacked, this armed force has to deal with much more than they’re used to. The latest reports suggest that there are likely to be more attacks made by the Taliban in the coming future – to avenge the death of Osama Bin Laden.
3- Cadets School Bombing
Perhaps one of the saddest and the worst case of suicide attacks that Pakistan has seen this year was the attack at the Cadets School. These were young cadets who were going home for 10 days vacation after their session completed at the Charsaddah Cadets School. The suicide bomber with the help of a planted bomb the terrorists had managed to kill almost 100 of these teenagers and injuring almost a 150 more.
4- PNS Mehran Siege
The attack on PNS Mehran base and the subsequent stand off for 16 hours was perhaps the most harrowing in the recent line of events. The questions of safety of the nuclear weapons of Pakistan, the authority of its armed forces among others were raised. It took the entire night and almost half a day to repel the attack, raising concerns over the vulnerability of the armed forces.
5- Attack on Peshawar Police Station
Yesterday saw more than 250 kilograms of explosives used in an attack on the CID Police station in Peshawar. The three-level building collapsed immediately trapping many injured policemen, both on and off duty, inside it. The death toll is expected to rise from 8 while the injured are almost upto 50.
The real question now is what’s next? Will Pakistan and innocent Pakistanis continue to be killed, injured and tortured in the middle of this battle between the Taliban and the war on terror? Is there any way out of Pakistan or will they have to wait, with abated breath for another attack on their lives and livelihood and be victims of revenge for a man who brought more murder and mayhem than anyone else. That, only time will tell.