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Lahore Blast Exposes The Dangerous Fissures In Pakistan's Terror Policy

After the 2014 Army Public School attack in Peshawar, the Pakistani military and civilian leadership drafted a policy against terrorism known as the National Action Plan (NAP) which called for action against terrorists--including their abettors, sympathizers and financiers--throughout Pakistan. However, Punjab (where Lahore is located) remained untouched due to the political expediency of Nawaz Sharif's ruling political party, whose vote bank is said to comprise majority religious forces based in the province. In addition, the counter-terrorism policy in Pakistan changes whenever the command of the military changes.