A suicide attacker blew himself up at an army canteen in northwestern Pakistan on Thursday, killing at least 10 soldiers and injuring 11 others, officials said. The attack happened at the canteen in Ghazi Tarbela, an army facility about 100 kilometers south of Islamabad.
Geo TV reports that the attack took place as the officers assembled to have dinner. 15 soldiers have been confirmed dead with many others injured.
What is this latest attack at the SSG facility trying to tell us? Is it a sign that there are many who cannot forget the role of the SSG commandos in the Lal Masjid operation? Is it a warning message to Musharraf on the eve of his decision to become a US ally in the War on Terror that many Pakistanis were, and are still against that decision and its repercussions on the country and its citizens? Or is it merely a ploy to create an air of instability in the country, and pave the way for a delay in the general elections? Or are we trying to tell the US that the Pakistani Army is bearing the brunt of being a US ally?
The questions and conspiracy theories are a dime a dozen. But many thousands of Pakistanis have died, and many more continue to die. Enough is enough. Can’t we just tell Uncle Sam to bugger off?