February 4, 2023 1:40 pm

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Terrorism On The Rise in Tribal Districts of Pakistan

In September, there was a 106 percent increase in the level of violence in tribal districts and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

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Terrorism is on the rise in tribal districts of Pakistan. Last month, there were 28 incidents of violence leading to the killing 34 people in the tribal districts. According to the FATA Research Center figures, in October, 34 people died, and 19 others were injured in these incidents.

Researchers say that it does not seem that these armed attacks will stop anytime soon. According to FATA Research Center, 8 members of the security agencies and 12 militants were also killed in the same period during skirmishes.

The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan has accepted moral responsibility for most of these attacks. The TTP has claimed to be behind as many as nine attacks in the Khyber district.

A journalist based in Khyber Ahmed Kuki Khil said that people are worried about the unrest. He further said, “People are receiving phone calls and are being asked for extortion, people are under pressure, and there is fear. They see that neither the police can protect them nor any voice is raised in the parliament to highlight their concern.”

In addition to the tribal districts, violence was also reported in other districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The TTP claimed 43 attacks in Pakistan last month, of which 39 were in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

This agency says that the most incidents of terrorism this year were recorded in September.

The research organization Pakistan Institute for Conflict and Security Studies said in its September report that 42 terrorist attacks were recorded across the country in September, an increase of 35 per cent compared to last August.

In September, there was a 106 per cent increase in the level of violence in tribal districts and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. However, the head of the FATA Research Center, Namsoor Mehsud, says that the attacks in tribal districts have decreased in October compared to September, but the number of incidents of violence in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa remained the same.

“There have been protests due to the re-emergence of TTP. It is now cautious in targeting civilians and thus the number of attacks in tribal districts has decreased this month.”

In the Swat district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, there were reports of the appearance of militants in August, who also released a video of the abduction of a military and a police officer. Protest demonstrations have started in Swat and other parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

On the 4th of November, the political parties announced the Pashtun Peace March along with Colonel Sher Khan Interchange on the Swat Expressway.

The claims of attacks by TTP have come forward while negotiations with the government have been going on for the past year even as TTP has announced a ceasefire.

Nothing has been said about the end of negotiations and ceasefire, but attacks are continuing. 

The government of Pakistan says it is taking steps against the militants, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah said a few days ago, “The security agencies are aware and ready, and every day you will see that operations are being carried out and the terrorists who disturb the peace in the nation are being killed.

Similarly, the Chief of Army Staff of Pakistan, General Qamar Javed Bajwa, said that Pak Army is ready to fight terrorists.

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