Rising terror threat
The Pakistan Security Report 2018 compiled and
issued a couple of days ago by the Pakistan Institute
of Peace Studies, is a useful collection of data on
terrorism in the country.
The success in the war on terror has been significant and
should remain durable. As per the report, the terror threat is far
from over and may be turning into a new phase of violence.
The date shows that there had been persistent terrorist
attacks in the country during the recent years while violence
was lower in 2018 as compared to the last year.
It also reveals that there were 26 suicide attacks in 2014
and 19 in 2018. It suggests that while the core Tehrik-e-Taliban
Pakistan (TTP) may have been decimated, splinter groups con-
tinue to pose a significant problem. The state remains aware of
the problem, it says but stresses the role of Afghanistan in the
continued presence of anti-Pakistan forces.
Meanwhile, Pakistan has urged the Afghan government to
take step to shut down militant sanctuaries along the border
with Pakistan so as to protect Pakistan against attacks organ-
ised or launched from across the border
ly analysed and properly responded.
Pakistan has also taken up border fencing and border manage-
ment matter with the neighbouring Islamic country.
On the other side, the National Action Plan seems to be sec-
ondary interest to the civil as well as military high-ups though
anti-terrorism operations are certainly going on.
The nation acknowledges and lauds the remarkable suc-
cesses and the pricesless and precious sacrifices of civil and
military officials. Pakistan owes the civilian and military per-
sonnel the positive change with regard to terror attacks.
Now the task is not to let the country return to its darkest
years. For the purpose, the rising terror threat must be careful-