Militant’s Attacks Decrease in April: PICSS Think Tank

Islamabad: An Islamabad-based independent Think Tank Pakistan Institute for Conflict and Security Studies (PICSS) claimed that the Security situation in the country has been improved and militant’s activities are seen decreased in the month of April. PICSS Think Tank headed by Abdullah Khan Monitor the militant’s activities and security forces operations against culprits across the country on daily bases.

In its April report, PICSS released statistics of anti-state violence and security forces operations during the month of April 2016, which show more than fifty per cent reduction in deaths in militant attacks. The PICSS report shows that improvement in security situation was observed in almost all parts of the country which had seen highest number of deaths in previous month (March) in current year.

According to statistics, seventy people, including 25 civilians, 19 security forces personnel, three personnel of tribal lashkar and 26 militants were killed, while 48 people, including 29 civilians, 13 security forces personnel and six militants were injured in 35 militant attacks during the month. The report said that 97 militants were also killed and 510 arrested in 102 security forces operations across the country.

In April, highest number of militant attacks (12) with highest number of civilian casualties (14) was reported from Balochistan followed by Khyber Paktunkhawa and FATA with nine militant attacks each killed three and one civilian respectively. The highest number of security forces personnel was killed in Sindh due to deadliest attack on police commandos guarding polio teams in Karachi.

Eight security forces personnel and five civilians were killed in Sindh (Karachi) during the month. Punjab saw only one militant attack in which two boys were killed in Rahim Yar Khan when a landmine exploded.

The month saw 14 IED attacks in which 17 people were killed, 18 injured, two suicide bombing one each in KP and FATA in which four people were killed and 18 injured, 11 incidents of target killing in which 18 people were killed, one mortar attack and one kidnapping incident was also recorded along with six physical assaults during the month.

The PICSS observed that TTP, Jamat-ul-Ahrar and other militant groups have been trying to regain areas in FATA by mounting attacks from across the border.

During the month of April cross border attacks were reported from Mohmand and Kurram Agency which were repulsed by Pakistani security forces. Anti-Pakistan militants enjoy safe havens in border areas of Afghanistan. The report says highest number of security forces actions and resultant deaths of militants was reported from Balochistan where 63 militants were killed 172 were arrested in 31 security forces actions during the month.

A grand operation in Johan area of Kalat district eliminated 5 militants of Baloch National Army (BLA) and 34 militants of United Baloch Army (UBA). 144 militants of Lashkar-e-Balochistan, Balochistan Liberation Front (BLF) and Balochistan Liberation Army also surrendered during the month. Two agents of National Directorate of Intelligence (Afghan Intelligence) were also arrested in connection with Indian intelligence officer Kulboshan who was nabbed in March.

The province seems to be main battle ground between security forces and militants after cleansing FATA. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa saw second highest number of security forces actions where highest number of arrests during the month took place as 224 suspects were arrested in 25 actions in different parts of the province. Mardan, Swabi and Kohat saw special focus of security forces where Army also took part in search operations along with police and counter terrorism department (CTD). In Sindh, security forces conducted 24 different actions in which 12 militants were killed, 30 were arrested including commanders of TTP, Daesh, Uzair Baloch group, MQM and Al-Qaeda.

In Punjab, security forces killed 12 militants and arrested 84 in 18 actions. Security forces also claimed to have arrested facilitators of deadly Gulshan-e-Iqbal blast in which 71 people were killed in March. Security forces also arrested another RAW agent from Rahim Yar Khan, a southern Punjab district, who was reportedly involved in supporting militant groups in the area. Three female would-be suicide bombers were also arrested from Sargodha district.

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