After the Malala incident, the army says any attack into the stronghold of the terrorists in North Waziristan will depend on the government in power. It has been reported that the army is well deployed in North Waziristan and ready with effective intelligence and proper firepower to attack the agency. But are politicians ready? MQM chief Altaf Hussain addressed a big rally in Karachi on October 14 and asked the army to go to North Waziristan with “his party’s support”. He significantly challenged clerical parties for their inchoate stance and taxed the army with the observation that after consuming 80 per cent of the country’s resources, it was duty-bound to take on the terrorists. He went on to say that if the army did not act after the Malala incident, “the nation may be left with no option but to seek international help”. He also chided the judiciary for not reacting to the extremism and violence of the lawyers’ community, which “showered the killer of governor Salmaan Taseer, Mumtaz Qadri, with petals”.