Ris­ing ter­ror threat

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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.

in Afghanistan.

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-

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