Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah has reportedly told the Senate that Pakistan is facing a new wave of terrorism.
In a report presented before the Senate, the interior minister said a sharp rise had been witnessed in incidents of terrorism. Most attacks had taken place in border areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan.
A table documenting the total number of terrorist attacks from January 2022 to July 2022 revealed that 307 attacks took place in KP, 189 in Balochistan, 12 in Sindh and 3 in Islamabad and Punjab each. A grand total of 514 terrorist attacks took place this year till July.
The reasons for the increased terrorist activity given by the document included the presence of Transnational Terror Organisations and local Terror Organisation safe havens in Afghanistan, as well as the fact that Terror Organisations on the western border of Pakistan are trying to enhance their outreach and activities. Furthermore, after the US withdrawal from Afghanistan, Terror Organisations acquired sophisticated weaponry and machinery that increased their lethality and night operation capability. The report also said that Terror Organisations are regrouping and reorganising themselves to gain foothold in major cities of Pakistan
The recommendation policy suggestions and responses to counter the increase in terrorism included increasing intelligence operations, re-appraising the National Action Plan, completing border fencing and increased border management. Surprisngly, the recommendations also included continuing the peace talks with the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), as well as engaging ‘disgruntled’ Balochi tribesmen for reconciliation.