Breaking news tells of an explosion in the adjoining city of Rawalpindi that has injured at least three people in the food street. Early news reports say that the explosion took place at a construction site where laborers struck an old, buried explosivve device left over from the Ojhri Camp incident nearly twenty years ago.
For those of you who are unaware of the incident, on April 10th 1088 the Ojhri Camp Military Depot, Rawalpindi, exploded resulting in widespread destruction. The missiles and projectiles that rain down on the twin cities as a result of the detonation left 30 dead, officials say, but independent estimates claim the figure was much higher.
Is there anything more tragic than realizing that despite the highly publicized clean up operations and government claims of all stray shells being diffused, something like this can happen and innocent people’s lives are at risk? Unlike the norm these days, the blame for this incident cannot be laid at the doors of a fanatic yet, history dictates that the incident will be lost in a volley of finger pointing and shifting of responsibility from one hand to the other till something else happens to distract them.