Audacious militant tactics stun Pakistan

That may be the only excuse the security apparatus has for its handling of the assaults.

In particular, the failure to stop the attack on the army’s headquarters in Rawalpindi on 12 October defies the imagination – especially as details about a forthcoming attack had been published on the front page of a national daily several days before it happened.

The News International, a local English-language newspaper, had published the details of a report by the interior ministry that an attack on the General Headquarters was imminent.

The 5 October report said that fighters from militant outfit Lashkar-e-Jhangvi – with the support of the Taliban in South Waziristan – were planning such an attack.

Lahore represents the first time this year attackers have struck at multiple targets in one city – and the first time ever simultaneous attacks have hit Lahore.

Militant targets have been assorted: from a busy market in Peshawar to the UN in Islamabad, nothing has seemed safe or out of reach.