Security Situation of Pakistan
The graph of militancy and terrorism in Pakistan following
the recent trends is still high and apparently seems to stay high as terror
groups operating against Pakistan and it’s interest are getting more deeply
penetrated and more organized against the state while propagating anti state stance and sentiments. The banned terrorist groups are exercising
more professionalism into their organizational structure in order to get
terrorist more deeply and swiftly grip against their enemy. For instance last week,
Pakistani Taliban (TTP) shadow province for Peshawar
Division or *Wilayah Peshawar* announced an eight-member military commission
and officials for 13 districts, including an emir and a deputy and directors
for intelligence, education, welfare, and finance for each district. As per details a source informed that TTP has appointed officials for its designated
13 districts of the Peshawar shadow province, which include six districts in
the Mohmand tribal district, three in Peshawar, and two in the Khyber tribal
district in addition to Shabqadar and Nowshehra districts. Moreover in a recent
statement, Pakistani Taliban (TTP) has blamed successive Pakistani governments for
current economic crisis in country, accusing them of compromising on country’s
foreign policy & strategic assets for a tranche of loan from IMF etc. This suggests
that TTP discourse has become more political recently. Apart from that there
was no ISKP/ISPP attack in Afghanistan/Pakistan during last week. However, the
Pakistani Taliban (TTP) claimed 12 attacks last week, 1 in Punjab & 11 in
KP, that included a suicide attack and assassination of a DSP rank senior
police officer. Other than TTP, Balochistan Liberation Front (BLF) – the militant
group also published 2022 Annual Report of Terrorist Attacks; claimed total 162
attacks on security forces; killing/wounding 313; confirmed 10 BLF militants
also killed by forces; BLF vowed attacks will continue with intensity.
Some recent militancy and counter militancy activities
reported are as following:-
January, In a terrorist activity from across Pakistan-Iran border in Chukab
Sector of Mand Sheraz area, District Kech, Balochistan, 4 security forces
personnel have embraced martyrdom. According to government sources the terrorists
used Iranian soil to target a convoy of security forces patrolling along the
border. Iranian side has been asked to hunt down the terrorists on their side. Martyred
soldiers have been identified as Lance Naik Muhammad Younas Khan, L/N Abdul
Razzaq, L/N Fareedullah Khan & Sepoy Asad Ali. While strongly condemning the attack from
Iran, Pakistan’s Foreign Office spokesperson, Mumtaz Zahra Baloch said militant
used Iran’s soil for the attack in Pakistan and urged Tehran to take action on
the matter. Plus Iran’s Embassy in Pakistan also condemned the attack.
On 18th January,
Security forces conducted a search operation in Gorkop area of district Kech
during which they encountered with armed militants and as result 4 militants
were neutralised. According to regional sources, Pakistani forces and armed
militants , both sides have suffered casualties. The dead bodies of four
militants have been shifted to Turbat’s hospital for identification.
January, targeted killing of a cleric was reported in Dera Ismail Khan. As per details, a Shia man named Saqlain Abbas
was shot dead by terrorists near Babbar Pakka Madrasah Muhammadiyah in Tehsil
Purwa. The terrorists belong to the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan's Iqbal
alias Balikhiyara group.
January, The Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) in cooperation with
Intelligence agency arrested 5 alleged terrorists of the banned organization
while conducting operations in different areas of Karachi. According to CTD, during the joint
operations, 5 alleged terrorists of banned organization were arrested from Much
Goth and Saddar Empress Market. CTD said
that the alleged terrorists wanted to blow up the high tension line supplying
electricity to the Hub city from Karachi. The alleged terrorists also confessed
to the murderous attack on a businessman in Thatta on linguistic grounds. According to CTD, the alleged terrorists also
admitted to racketeering of foreigners and officials of intelligence
January, a clash broke out b/w Pakistan Security Forces and TTP militants in
Razmak area, North Waziristan as a few terrorists were intercepted by security
forces during a search operation. Resultantly, 2x terrorists were eliminated by
the security forces while a couple were reported seriously wounded but escaped.
January, Anti-State militants of Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) martyred an
alleged collaborator of Pakistani military in Aabsir, Turbat around midnight. According
to BLA’s spokesperson, “the intelligence wing of BLA had gathered information
that a non-resident named Babo Khan alias Allah Rakhia is working as an informant
for the Pakistani military in Turbat and adjoining areas. He was working in
disguise, and had been spotted in company of Pakistani military. Hence based on
the verified information, BLA fighters eliminated the military collaborator.
BLA has warned multiple times that collaborators of enemy will be targeted
irrespective of their caste or religion”. According to a source the victim
belonged from Jacobabad City of Sindh Province.
January at around 1700 hrs, armed terrorists opened fire at the Security Forces
in Ehsanpur village, Lakki Marwat. However it was a failed attempt as the
terrorists caused no casualties. However, in the result of swift retaliatory
action, 1x terrorist was killed by the forces while the other ran away cowardly.
TTP in a later statement have claimed
responsibility for the attack by releasing a video. As per sources, the vehicle
of DSP Iqbal was targeted.
January, a suicide bomber blew himself at a police post in Takhta Beg area of
Khyber Tribal District in which three policemen got martyred and one other got injured.
Initial reinforcements were immediately called in and investigations had begun.
According to sources a total of four attackers planned and executed the attack.
They simultaneously threw grenades and also fired upon the forces. DPO of the
district officially stated that two policemen were martyred on the spot while
third one later succumbed to death. TTP in a detailed statement accepted the
responsibility of the attack while threatening to conduct more against the
state forces in future. The banned terrorist group has identified the suicide
bomber as Hamza.
January, TTP militants kidnapped 4
employees of an oil exploration company in Miranshah, District North
Waziristan. All 4 are non-locals [identified as 1) Sagheer, 2) Faisal Raza, 3)
M Ijaz, 4) Maqsood Ali) ]& were on their way back from site of exploration
when they went missing on Thursday evening. According to sources the militants
belonged to TTP’s Khushali Faction. Security forces in response conducted an
immediate Hostage Rescue Intelligence Based Operation around following midnight
was in Khatti Kali, Hamzoni North
Waziristan. The operation went successful as all the hostages were recovered
safe and sound as only one hostage and a rescue team member (Sepoy) got minor
January, two missing minor girls found by police in Lahore. As per details the girls had run away to reach Korea & meet BTS. Two
girls, aged 14 years, who were reported missing in Karachi, were found 1200 KM
away in Lahore. Police stated that they
found a diary in their home which had mention of "taking train to
Korea" from Lahore. Police told they were able to track the girls through
the notes they left in diary about 'train timetables'. Senior police officer has
asked all parents of the nation to monitor the screen time of their children.
January, Several people got injured as an explosions targeted a passenger
train, Jaffar Express, in Panari area of Mach Bolan, Balochistan.
In a statement, Baloch Liberation
Army has claimed the attack, stating the group detonated a remote control IED
on the Jaffar Express. Railway services have been suspended in the region.
January, a police check post in Dheri
Zardad area of District Charsadda, KPK came under attack at evening. Resultantly 3 police personnel had been
injured in the attack while a search operation is underway to find the
assailants. According to DPO Charsadda, 2 policemen succumbed to injuries while 1 of them is critical. Tehreek e
Taliban Pakistan has claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement.
January, 1 Levies (paramilitary) personnel was shot dead while another got
wounded in a firing raid by armed assailants in Wali Khan bypass area of
District Mastung, Balochistan. According to a local source, vehicle of
Assistant Commissioner Mastung was basically attacked near By-pass area of the
Mastung. Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), in a statement has claimed responsibility for
the attack. After years of silence, the group has claimed its first attack,
following months of statements in which the spokesman was threatening a
comeback by the group.
January, a police mobile van was targeted by a locally manufactured IED in the
Shekhan area of Peshawar. The vehicle had been damaged but there were no
casualties reported. The bomb disposal unit says around 1 kilograms of
explosives were used. The Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in a statement has
claimed responsibility for the attack.
Considering the increased frequency of attacks
specially due to TTPs reactivation in Pakistan, more intelligence based
operations to root out the militancy seem inevitable. Pakistani security forces
also need to proactively encounter the
increasing threats and activities of ISPP/ISKP within its territories. The
increase in militancy in my opinion in a part of a larger propaganda to weaken
Pakistan’s peace conditions which consequently will worsen the economic
conditions too. This propaganda obviously will benefit the enemy states of
Pakistan. Also, a devastated Pakistan can be more useful and submissive to
International powers rather than a strong independent Pakistan. It is just to
be realized once and for all that which states have the motive to take Pakistan
to such conditions. Considering the financial sourcing of militant wings like
BLA, BLF, TTP etc by agencies of India, America and Israel, it is not a riddle
to highlight the beneficiaries of Pakistan’s devastation. Plus the recent visit
of Pakistani delegation (supported by Shehbaz regime) have raised a feeling of
rage and wrath among general public ideologically they consider Israel to be
the biggest enemy of not only Pakistan but whole Muslim community.