Last month Operation Zulfiqar a two year long effort to liquidate the most resourceful and dangerous ISIS sleeper cell in Punjab province ended in absolute tragedy as the members of the Counter Terrorism Department of Punjab Police carried out a botched operation killing a score of civilians including children and a woman in a bid to target a wanted terrorist. Amid blundersome claims by Police officials and Media reports, the facts regarding this operation were absent from the public debate. Here is an effort to try and add proper context to the aforementioned operation. This post will not deal with the tragedy of killing civilians, as we've all heard what we need to hear. The purpose of this post is to provide context to how the operation culminated, its key characters and so on. While the operation succeeded in liquidating the ISIS sleeper cell in Punjab, it, unfortunately, ended in tragedy due to the ineptitude of the few. Feedback is welcomed.