At the risk of sounding merciless, the sorrowful images we see on television — of falling bodies, fallen soldiers and failed peace efforts — are only one side of the sad story of terrorism.
What the TV screen does not show you is the economic impact of the war on terror: the evil shadows of debt, inflation, lost opportunities, displacement, increased security costs and higher defence budgets that have been tightening the noose around Pakistani families. So many have been affected in many ways, losing wage-earners to bomb blasts, hemmed in by army deployment in their communities, or idled by strikes called as a protest against the lack of security.
The aftermath of any such event follows a typical pattern: live coverage on dozens of TV channels of the site of the blast, hostage-taking, firing incident as the case may be, complete with eyewitness accounts of how it all unfolded.
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