Then, Charsadda happened

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Just weeks ago, the army, Rangers and police began releasing statistics pertaining to last year’s successes in the military and paramilitary operations in northern Pakistan and Karachi. Reminders were issued that these operations will continue till their ‘logical conclusion’. We said we were winning and that terrorism will be defeated this year. We started comparing the army chief to Sun Tzu, “who advances without coveting fame and retreats without fearing disgrace, whose only thought is to protect his country and do good service for his sovereign, [and] is the jewel of the Kingdom”.