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Over the weekend, a militant was killed and two of his accomplices were arrested in Lahore, Pakistan during an operation in which a terrorist attack on a minority Christian Church was stopped.
According to authorities, suicide jackets and explosives were taken from the militants who had planned an Easter attack.
Last year an Easter attack was carried out by Taliban affiliated militants in a children’s play area. That attack killed over 70 people and wounded hundreds.
As a Jewish man who grew up as a minority in Lahore, these types of religiously motivated attacks make my blood boil. I was sickened when I heard about the attack last year and I was thrilled to hear an attempted attack this year had been stopped, although I was still saddened that it was being planned in the first place.
For starters, I want to commend the Pakistani military for a job well done. Without them, the likely would have been a lot of dead and injured people on Easter Sunday, and their great efforts prevented that.
This is the first time the military has ever directly saved the minority community. I thank General Bajwa and the Core Commander of Lahore Lt. Gen Sadiq Ali. Since General Bajwa took a hold of the military, he has done a terrific job battling the terrorists in the villages of Pakistan, which, sadly, the Pakistani government had failed to do.
I likewise want to praise Prime Minister Sharif for allowing the Military to clean up the villages in Pakistan of Jihadi and Religious extremists. Although the military and civilians have suffered a lot, it is good to see the problem of terrorism being fought head-on.
Sharif and the Military must also protect the judiciary, which is an incredibly important tool in this fight as well.
As I have mentioned many times in the past, these extremists are not just enemies of the United States and Pakistan, they are enemies of us all. We must unite in our efforts to erase them from the globe, no matter what it takes. This may require many countries who are not traditionally allies to work together, but if that is what needs to be done, then so be it, because the well-being and survival of the world is at stake.
We have no choice but to win, because failure would produce far too dire a consequence.