THE danger is clear and present: militancy is on the rise and things could get worse before they get better.
According to statistics released by the Pakistan Institute for Conflict and Security Studies, April saw a 24% increase in militant attacks from the previous month. There were 34 such attacks in April with a death toll of 55. At least 25 people were injured. In March, the attacks numbered 26, but the number of casualties was much higher – 77 dead and 288 injured – largely due to the devastating suicide bombing at a Shiite mosque in Peshawar on the fourth day of the claimed month. by the Islamic State. chapter of the Khorasan group.
The frequency of attacks in March was double that of February, indicating a rapidly deteriorating security scenario. Most of the violence took place in the tribal districts, parts of which have again become hotbeds of militancy, followed by the rest of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and then Balochistan.
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The second advent of the Afghan Taliban last year has had a negative impact on Pakistan’s security landscape. In fact, activists on all sides seem to have been emboldened by the insurgent force’s success in ousting the world’s sole superpower.
There is a strange symbiotic connection between the new regime’s takeover of Kabul and the rise of militancy there. The year 2021 has seen the highest number of militant attacks in Pakistan after a steady six-year decline – the peak occurring in August, the same month the Afghan Taliban seized power next door.
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It soon became clear that, contrary to their promises to the international community, the new rulers in Kabul were not going to take any action against the banned TTP, or any other violent extremist formations for that matter, that take refuge on their soil. This was partly because they feared such action would push some of its own ranks into other militant groups. But the situation also presented the Afghan Taliban with an opportunity to repay the TTP for giving them refuge in the old Fata as they fled US forces invading Afghanistan. At most, they were willing to facilitate talks between their ideological brothers in arms and the Pakistani state.
After the failure of the resulting short-lived truce, the TTP did not look back. Pakistan must neutralize threats emerging on its western flank without delay.
Posted in Dawn, May 9, 2022