Surging militancy

Surging militancy

Over the past two months the two frontline provinces of Baluchistan and Khyber Pukhtunkhwa have witnessed frequent attacks by militants on security forces. In two separate terrorist attacks in the restive Baluchistan Province on Tuesday, seven personnel of Frontier Corps (FC) were martyred. Terrorist targeted their vehicle in Mach are by an improvised explosive device. In Kech area another soldier sacrificed his life in an exchange of fire with militants. It may be recalled that in the same area, a returning from routine patrol duty FC mobile vehicle had hit an improvised explosive device on May 8, claiming the life of one officer and five soldiers.

Two incidents of terrorism took place in Khyber Pukhtunkhwa on Monday. A vehicle of security forces was targeted with a remote control bomb at Eidak village of Miralai Subdivision of the tribal district of North Waziristan, martyring one soldier and injuring three others. Several search operations had been conducted by security forces at areas of this district during last month. In the adjacent district of Bannu, two terrorist on a motorbike opened fire on CTD police and in the exchange fire both terrorists, who were wanted to police and identified as Mohammad Shafi and Rewhan Jalil, were killed. They were locals.

In Baluchistan militants easily sneaked in through porous borders with Iran and Afghanistan. India is sponsoring terrorism in the province. Fencing of borders has started. It merits mention that high profile RAW agent Kalboshan Jadhev had stayed in Chahbahar as trader, while using the passport in the name of Mubarak Patael. India has escalated tension along the line of control by increasing the frequency of firing incidents with heavy weapons. Few days after the Kech blast in Baluchistan, martyring one officer and five personnel of security forces, incendiary statements and jingoistic war rhetoric are emanating from New Delhi through Indian media. An ex-Indian Army Officer Major (Rtd) Gauria, who serves as consulting editor for Republic TV, threatened in Arnab Goswami show to shed more blood of Pakistani Security Forces in Baluchistan. And they are carrying out acts of terror in Pakistan.

Few days after the incident of terror at Kech, Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa held a telephone conversation with the Chief Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Hossein Bagheri, discussed with him matters of regional security and forging bilateral cooperation to curb cross border terrorism.

The new wave of terrorism necessitates implementation of National Action Plan in letter and spirit. Notwithstanding their beautifully worded occasional statements in support of this plan, the political leadership has shown reluctance to give ownership to it, putting implementation of certain very important points on the backburner. No legislation has been done by the parliament to reform criminal justice system. The counterterrorism watchdog, National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA), under which joint intelligence directorate was conceived to be formed, has not been made fully functional. It is no longer a secret that NACTA is not getting a fair deal in budgetary allocations. The last PML-N government did urge Ulema to build a narrative to counter extremism and militancy. However, it did not take the initiative by itself to build and promote it.

It is the responsibility of political leadership to have given serious consideration to the judicial commission report on Quetta Civil Hospital which had emphasised for refining the National Action Plan to make it well structured, in addition to formulation of comprehensive and robust national security policy. Neither the previous government moved an inch towards these national priorities, nor the present one. There are no indications about the unity of political leadership for making legislations to reform the criminal justice system and for inland security laws to eradicate the menace of terrorism by using the strong arms of law.

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