Quetta seminary blast

Quetta seminary blast

An Improvised Explosive Device blast killed five worshipers and injured 22 others in a religious seminary in Kuchlac area 25 kilometers away from Quetta. The terror incidents in the restive Baluchistan Province are continuously on the rise. This is the fourth incident of bomb blasts that have taken place in the city of Quetta and its outskirts during the past four weeks, which is really alarming.

Baluchistan is a frontline province because of ongoing war in Afghanistan and concrete measures for improvement in security arrangements in the province are inevitable. The banned organisations of different shades have safe heavens in Afghanistan wherefrom they easily sneaked into the province because of its porous and thinly manned border with Afghanistan. The Judicial Commission report on Quetta Hospital carnage had emphasised the formation of comprehensive national security policy and fine tuning of the National Action Plan (NAP) and its total implementation in letter and spirit. Neither the previous government nor the incumbent one made a movement in the light of Judicial Commission report to formulate national security policy and bring about the recommended improvement in NAP. The counter terrorism watchdog NACTA has not been made fully functional in terms of funding, infrastructure and institutional capacity building.

It is now an established fact that terrorists who enter Pakistan get easily morphed with Afghan Nationals who have been living as registered and unregistered refugees for the past four decades. The provincial governments of Baluchistan and Khyber Pukhtunkhwa have repeatedly asked for the repatriation of Afghan Refugees on fast track basis. But the federal government has not priortised putting in place a repatriation plan for the accelerating the return of Afghan nationals to Afghanistan. Their voluntary repatriation is going on with a snail pace from Khyber Pukhtunkhwa under the auspices of UNHCR and no repatriation from Baluchistan. Amazingly, the refugees who get repatriation benefits from the UNHCR and go back to Afghanistan from Khyber Pukhtunkhwa manage their reentry into Pakistan via Chaman border of Baluchistan. Strict measures at Pak-Afghan border are needed to discourage this illegal activity. The Afghan nationals who are staying in Pakistan fall within the domain of war refugees and it is utmost necessary to work out a plan of their repatriation as early as possible in addition to putting in place a national security policy.

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