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TTP’s Threat Looms on Baluchistan

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According to data compiled by the Conflict Monitoring Center 286 people were killed and 307 injured during the month of September 2012. Among the dead, 100 were civilians, 124 militants, 25 security personnel, and one pro government Razakar (militiaman) while 161 civilians, 76 militants, 58 security forces personnel, and 12 pro government Razakars were injured. The security forces have arrested 144 suspected militants while the militants have kidnapped 37 people.

The security forces have carried out 23 actions against militants during the month killing 73 militants while the militants have carried out 64 attacks against security forces, government installations, public properties, and civilian targets killing 131 civilians, 28 security forces personnel, and one Razakar. 52 militants were also killed in retaliation by security forces.

In September, Security situation was improved in Baluchistan, Punjab, and Sindh. The number of anti-state violent incidents dropped by fifty percent in Baluchistan during the month. No anti-state militant attack occurred in Punjab. The only militant activity in the province during the month was an explosion when some militants were making a bomb in Bhakkar district. Only one incident was reported in Sindh.

Conflict Monitoring Center’s field researchers reported that Tehrek-e-Taliban Pakistan is expanding its operations in Pashtun areas of Baluchistan. Zhob district is badly affected by TTP militancy. Sectarian militants targeting Hazara community are mostly Bloch and the close networking between Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and TTP can create a bridge between Bloch nationalist rebels and Taliban militants, which will make the security situation in the province even worse.

After regrouping and getting tacit support inside Afghanistan, the TTP that was on the run, a year ago is now staging well-coordinated and lethal attacks in different parts of FATA. In September, Pakistani security forces regain control of a portion of Slarzai Tehsil, which was captured by TTP in August. The operation continued for 17 days and the militant put stiff resistance in the area. Bajour Agency had become relatively peaceful during last couple of years but now once again the security situation is getting worse.

In Khyber Agency, the TTP’s Tariq Afridi group is facing serious internal rifts after reported killing of its founder head Tariq Afridi by his own brother in law. Sources said that Afridi was murdered on the behest of Hakeemullah Mehsud. Commander Abdul Wali of Mohmand Agency is appointed as the head of TTP Khyber Agency but Tariq Afridi group’s three influential commanders have barred him from taking the charge.

In North Waziristan, the militants regularly target the movement of Pakistani security forces. All the attacks in North Waziristan, which the CMC recorded during the month, only targeted the military’s convoys.

Afghan backed militants also carried number of attacks in Upper and Lower Dir districts of KPK province. Pakistan has sealed lower Dir’s borders with Bajour and Afghanistan but could not stop the militants from repeated incursions during the month. A tribal Lashkar is also set up to fight the intruders. TTP has also targeted local tribesmen for forming the Lashkar.

Peshawar remained most affected district of the province with the highest number of militant attacks during the September. Its border areas with FATA are of special concern for the government and security forces as the militants cross into the settled area and carry out attacks. In one such incident, the militants blocked Peshawar-Kohat road for a brief period and kidnapped at least seven people along with their vehicles.

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