When the people remain expendable pawns

Devastation: A man examining the rubble days after the Jan 30 suicide blast in a mosque in Peshawar. -- Reuters

PESHAWAR bleeds once again. The brutal slaughter of more than 100 innocents in the blast of a bomb planted by unidentified killers on Jan 30 is another galling reminder that very little changes in Pakistan, the “land of the pure”.

The response of Pakistani officialdom was predictable, with both government and Opposition heaping blame on each other. Many major political figures and state institutions did not even issue statements of condemnation.

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