Resurgence in Terror Attacks and the Aftermath

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Pakistan has seen a dramatic improvement in security in the past two years, but there have been multiple attacks this week.

February 10, 2017

0800 hours (approx.)

Nature of Attack: IED blast

Target of Attack: School Van

Location: Arang Tehsil, Bajaur Agency

Fatality: 1

Injured: 4

Terrorist involved: Unknown

February 12, 2017

1300 hours (approx.)
Nature of Attack: IED blast
Target of Attack: Frontier Constabulary (FC) personnel
Location: Toikhola village, South Waziristan
Fatalities: 3 FC soldiers
Terrorists involved: Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan

February 13, 2017

1830 hours

Nature of Attack: Suicide blast

Location: outside the gates of Punjab’s Provincial Assembly on Lahore’s Charing Cross interchange.

Fatalities: 13 including 7 police officers

Injured: 85

Terrorist involved: Jamaat-ul-Ahrar

2150 hours (approx.)

Nature of Attack: Explosion during bomb disposal

Location: Sariab road, Quetta.

Fatalities: 3 including 2 police officers

Injured: 11

Terrorists involved: no terror outfit has claimed responsibility

February 15, 2017

0900 hours (approx.)

Nature of Attack: Suicide Attack

Terrorists Killed: 2

Location: Mohmand Agency Head Quarters gate, Ghalanai.

Fatalities: 5 including 3 Khasadar personnel

Terrorist involved: Jamat-ul-Ahrar

1430 hours (approx.)

Nature of Attack: Suicide blast

Target of Attack: Government Vehicle transporting civil judges

Location: Phase 5, Hayatabad, Peshawar

Fatalities: 2

Injured: 5

Terrorists Involved: Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan

February 16, 2017

1630 hours (approx.)

Nature of Attack: IED blast

Target of Attack: Military convoy

Location: Awaran, Balochistan

Fatalities: 3 Army personnel

Injured: 2

Terrorists involved: no terror outfit has claimed responsibility

1900 hours (approx.)

Nature of Attack: Suicide blast

Target of Attack: Shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar

Location: Sehwan, Sindh

Fatalities: 72

Injured: 150

Terrorists involved: Islamic State (ISIS)

2130 hours (approx.)

Nature of Attack: Shooting

Target of Attack: Police Vehicle

Location: Mission roundabout, Dera Ismail Khan

Fatalities: 5 including 4 policemen

Terrorists involved: no terror outfit has claimed responsibility

A nationwide security crackdown has been launched after the recent surge in terrorist attacks.Sindh Rangers claimed to have killed 18 terrorists overnight in different areas of Karachi. While police in Peshawar said seven terrorists had been killed in intelligence-based operations.

Seven terrorists were killed in a shootout with Rangers after they attacked a convoy of the paramilitary troops on the Super Highway near Kathor, Sindh. A convoy of Rangers was returning from Sehwan after taking part in rescue operations. A Rangers spokesperson said a soldier was injured in the exchange of fire. According to Rangers, 11 more terrorists were killed in a raid carried out in Manghopir area of Karachi. During the operation arms and ammunition were also seized from the possession of terrorists.

In Peshawar, police and security forces launched an operation on the basis of intelligence reports. “The terrorists tried to flee in a car but they were intercepted and three of them were killed in the exchange of fire,” the official said. Search for their accomplices is underway, he added.

Earlier, Counter Terrorism Department of Punjab police raided a militant hideout in Multan and killed 6 members of the proscribed Jamaat-ul-Ahrar (JA). Four suspects managed to flee, under the cover of darkness, during the operation which was conducted In Chak 10-R 98 area of the district. The operation was carried out on a tip-off regarding presence of militants in the area.

On the other hand, Pakistan-Afghanistan border crossings at Torkham and Chaman have been closed for all sorts of traffic to stop entry of terrorists from Afghanistan. Several banned terrorist organizations, including Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan and Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, are based in Afghanistan, and they have been carrying subversive activities in Pakistan from there.

Security forces have increased patrolling, surveillance and checking on check posts along the Pak-Afghan border.

Furthermore, Pakistan has summoned officials of the Afghan embassy to the General Headquarters (GHQ) in Rawalpindi. The protest has been lodged with Afghan officials against the use of Afghan soil by terrorists to carry out attacks in Pakistan.

The Afghan officials were handed over a list of 76 “most wanted” terrorists by the Pakistan Army. Afghanistan was asked to either take “immediate action” against the named terrorists or hand them over to Pakistan.

The move comes two days after a senior Afghan diplomat was summoned to the Foreign Office in Islamabad to receive protest over the use of territory of his country for launching terrorist attacks in Pakistan.

DG ISPR Maj. Gen. Asif Ghafoor said in a tweet, “Recent terrorist acts are being executed on directions from hostile powers and from sanctuaries in Afghanistan. We shall defend and respond.”

“Each drop of the nation’s blood shall be revenged and revenged immediately. No more restraint for anyone” vowed COAS General Qamar Javed Bajwa.

is a research associate at PKKH. He focuses on issues related to National Security. Salman can be reached at [email protected]

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