Rifaqatullah Razarwal

PESHAWAR: Increasing terror incidents in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and rest of the country have worried the people and security experts have apprehended further challenges in times ahead.

New security challenges have surfaced with recent terror attacks in North and South Waziristan, Landikotal, Lahore and Quetta.

Defence analyst Brigadier (Retd) Syed Nazir said while talking to TNN that terrorists have stepped up their attacks recently, and particularly the attacks in North and South Waziristan from across the border and attack in Lahore set the alarm bells ringing. He said war is again raging in the neighbouring Afghanistan which provides a convenient atmosphere for terrorists to carry out their activities.

Syed Nazir said terrorists are changing tactics particularly in merged tribal districts by attacking the security forces and carrying out target killings. He said the slow pace of talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban is the main reason behind deteriorating security situation. He said the security forces have achieved a lot of gains in the previous operations against terrorists, but in a war-like situation, it is very difficult to control matters.

Brigadier (Retd) Syed Nazir said the Pakistan Army conducted successful intelligence-based operations (IBOs) in merged districts, but now terrorists are changing tactics in shape of cross-border attacks, which shows that they have facilitators, who must be busted. The defence analyst said the prolonged war in Afghanistan has provided an opportunity to anti-Pakistan elements in Afghanistan to strengthen their intelligence network and launch activities against Pakistan. He said the fencing of border will not serve the purpose unless people living near the border areas play their role for establishing durable peace. He said the tribal population must be taken into confidence and their services must be utilised to foil the nefarious designs of inimical forces.

Senior journalist Rifatullah Orakzai, who keeps an eye on Afghan situation, said terrorist groups are uniting in Afghanistan and they are launching attacks in Pakistan, which have increased during the last one year.

Rifatullah Orakzai said the Afghan Taliban have started advancement from their positions since announcement by US President Joe Biden about withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan. He said Taliban have so far occupied 90 districts out of total about 400 districts in Afghanistan, and the impacts of this war are directly affecting Pakistan.

He said all the neighbouring countries of Afghanistan must join hands along with big powers, particularly the US, to find a way for durable peace otherwise instability in Afghanistan will impact everyone in the region.

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