Islamabad: The bombing of two Pakistan Navy buses that left four people dead in Karachi makes "it quite clear that the militants remain an organised and determined force", a Pakistani daily warned on Wednesday.
An editorial in the News International said that in what was "obviously a well-planned attack on military personnel", two buses carrying Pakistan Navy officers to work were hit on Tuesday by bombs planted along their routes in the port city of Karachi.
"We know the motive behind the blasts - the Navy personnel were targeted as representatives of the state, even though they had no role in devising the policies the militants oppose.”
"Others who wear the uniforms of police, the Army or security outfits have been targeted in similar fashion before by killers who know nothing of mercy or humanity."
It said that the Karachi attacks "make it quite clear that the militants remain an organised and determined force. They still have the capacity to plan, to execute and to kill".
The editorial went on to say that "...it is time for the security apparatus and the political leadership to pull up chairs around a large table and draw up a plan to stop them. Otherwise, we will only see more deaths and with these a further breakdown in order within a state that already faces anarchy".