Spike in attacks


Thursday brought a gruesome reminder that terrorists remain a potent threat to Pakistan

At least 20 security personnel and private security guards were martyred in separate attacks up north in Waziristan and down south near Ormara in Gwadar district

In the Gwadar incident, at least seven soldiers and seven security guards were martyred after terrorists attacked a vehicle of the state-run Oil and Gas Development Development Company Ltd (OGDCL) on the Makran Coastal Highway

The vehicle was headed from Karachi to Gwadar

The only silver lining in the entire incident appears to be that no civilians were killed or injured in the attack

The Baloch Raji Ajoi Sangar, a banned militant organisation, has claimed responsibility for the attack in a tweet

The Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) and other separatist groups in the province have conducted similar attacks in the past

As recently as April this year, 14 people, including 11 military officials, were martyred after terrorists offloaded them from buses on the same highway

The Balochistan Liberation Front, Balochistan Republican Army, and Baloch Republican Guard all had claimed responsibility for the incident

All three have been linked with India

Meanwhile, in the North Waziristan incident, six Pakistan Army soldiers were martyred by an improvised explosive device

The convoy of soldiers was attacked in the Razmak area of the former Fata region and the victims included a captain

This area has been a favourite hunting ground of the outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), which is now almost entirely Afghanistan-based

We have been told for decades that India is involved with the TTP and Baloch separatists

The government and military have occasionally also released information to prove this to the public

Even on Thursday, government ministers quickly linked the attacks to India and the economic threat it perceives from CPEC

Unfortunately, Pakistan has not been able to build a strong case against India at the international level

It is high time for the state to build a bulletproof case to call out Indian involvement

The problem also goes across the border to Afghanistan

The Doha peace talks between the Afghan Taliban and the government in Kabul remain stalled

This does not serve the interests of the Afghan or Pakistani people

It does, however, serve India and its terrorist pawns

A stable Afghanistan would quickly become a country whose territory could not be used for attacks on Pakistan or other regional countries

This would be a death knell for the planners in India's Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), which is behind New Delhi's efforts to destabilise Afghanistan and Pakistan

In fact, even though Waziristan and other border areas had ostensibly been cleared of terrorists during Operation Zarb-e-Azb and its follow-ups, a local member of the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Assembly recently said that at least 200 civilians had been killed in targeted attacks since February 2018

All of these attacks have links to TTP terrorists that relocated to the lawless regions across the Afghan border

The role of India also becomes suspicious because of the recent uptick in violence, which has coincided with efforts by Pakistan to get the Afghan talks moving, and senior Pakistani officials making strong accusations of terrorism against India in international forums and even to Indian media

Just this week, two soldiers were martyred in a rocket attack in North Waziristan, while September and August both saw several soldiers martyred, despite successful military operations on high-profile terrorists and militant commanders

The prevailing situation is a constant reminder that the fight is not just against terrorists but also their benefactors



Date:18-Oct-2020 Reference:View Original Link