As reported in The Nation:
…there was threat of terrorist attack on security forces and moreover, since high profile personalities such as the President, PM, federal ministers, diplomats and a large number of people witness the parade, security issues forced the authorities concerned to cancel the event, the sources further said.
This gives me little confidence in the security capabilities of plethora of intelligence agencies (MI, ISI, CIA, IB, etc) that the country has.
When it matters the most to show the nation that situation is under control and the imported War on Terror is going in the right direction, the parade gets canceled.
It is pertinent to mention here that for the past 3 years the parade has been cancelled. It was held in 2007 at Sports Complex, which was witnessed by the then President Gen Pervez Musharraf.
During Musharraf era, in Karachi, we got used to the President’s stone laying ceremonies or opening ceremonies of bridges, towers etc. all taking place in Governor’s house for security reasons. They could have gone ahead with the parade and the president and prime minister could have observed it from the Presidency or like Musharraf’s days, the parade could have been arranged at Sports Complex.
Another sign that all is not well on the fronts despite the high profile arrests of terrorists and pictures of celebrating locals as depicted by ISPR : from Geo TV:
PESHAWAR: Frontier Constabulary Commandant dismissed over 900 FC personnel on refusing to take part in operation in FR Peshawar, Geo News reported Sunday.
Talking to Geo News, the FC Commandant Sifwat Ghayyur confirmed that the notification regarding the sacking of 903 personnel from 21 platoons, has been issued and the FC’s District Officers have been directed to take back weapon and government documents from these sacked personnel.