Recently, the attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team by Pakistani militants was followed up by an attack on a police academy, again by Pakistani militants. All of it happened in the city of Lahore. A Pakistani security official points out the significance:
“Lahore is the only city in Pakistan which has remained relatively peaceful since the 9/11 attacks. For the last few years, it has hosted cultural festivals, concerts and cricket matches with aplomb, while the rest of Pakistan has been up in flames. It has been Pakistan’s saving grace, and whoever wants to destabilise the country or the government, would go after Lahore.”
It’s the Pakistani outpost of the Taliban that’s doing just that. Given the rogue elements in place and the prevailing instability, even Russia’s worried about the ability to secure Pakistan’s nukes.