Pakistan is at a crucial juncture in terms of politics and economics. Amid the financial instability, terrorism is also spreading wings on Pakistani soil. In the North Waziristan tribal territory on Monday, a suicide bomber targeted a convoy of security troops, injuring at least 10 security personnel, according to local media. According to the Dawn, the assault on the security forces‘ truck took place in Mirali close to the Khadi market. Shahid Ali Khan, the deputy commissioner of North Waziristan, verified the suicide bombing attack on the convoy and said that three of the ten employees hurt in the incident have received significant injuries.
Officials claimed that a motorcycle-riding suicide bomber blew himself close to one of the security forces’ trucks while they were travelling in a convoy from Mirali to the district headquarters in Miramshah. Three servicemen were reportedly critically hurt during the incident, and they were transferred to the Bannu garrison’s military hospital for treatment, according to Dawn’s sources.
Security personnel surrounded the area and started a search operation shortly after the attack. The Mirali-Miramshah route was reportedly restricted to traffic, according to locals, the Dawn reported. The search operation, according to the officials, is underway.However, no organisation has formally taken responsibility for the attack to date. In the past month, there have been two suicide attacks on security officers. A suicide bomber injured two security employees and numerous children earlier this month on May 30, when he attacked a security force vehicle parked at a checkpoint in the Razmak neighbourhood of North Waziristan. The vehicle was hit by the motorcycle-riding suicide bomber who was riding his two-wheeler as he approached a checkpoint in the Dosali neighbourhood. Two nearby children who were playing also got hurt during the event. Amid the government’s talks with the outlawed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan, which had announced an indefinite truce, this incident has occurred. Due to Pakistan’s political unrest and its ongoing border conflicts with its neighbours, terrorism is on the rise in Pakistan’s border regions, particularly in the North Waziristan province.
Active terrorist groups in Pakistan
The Pakistani Taliban aim to overthrow the government and rule Pakistan which is a nation of 220 million by enforcing their brand of harsh Islamic law. It is separate from the Afghan Taliban and is also known as Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan or TTP. The TTP, often known as the Pakistani Taliban, is an umbrella organisation of Sunni militant groups with ties to al-Qaeda that has waged war against the government for the past 20 years, killing tens of thousands of Pakistanis. It is an umbrella organisation for numerous student militant groups situated along the Afghan-Pakistani border. It is an armed Pashtun Islamist student group. The TTP collaborates with al-Qaeda and follows its ideological instructions.
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The Pakistan Army is seen by the Taliban, Tehrik-e-Taliban (TTP), Islamic State of Khorasan (IS-K), and Al Qaeda as a significant impediment to Pakistan becoming a Sharia state. According to Senge Sering, president of the Gilgit Baltistan Institute in Washington, the Pakistani army is also strengthening its position by using the Tehrik-e-Taliban (TTP) to stifle the secular and nationalist struggles led by the National Democratic Movement (NDM) and Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM). Sering added that the TTP communicates with militants affiliated with the Islamic State of Khorasan (IS-K). Since the TTP is in charge of the area, he worries that the truce won’t put an end to the fighting but will put tribal populations’ safety in danger. Sering added that such cease-fires, like the one the Pakistan Army currently has with the TTP, simply serve to further the TTP’s objectives and do not produce enduring peace. He claimed that in exchange for their own generals’ safety, the army generals would be willing to give up the region’s citizens’ safety. The TTP considers the Pakistan Army and the Shehbaz Sharif administration as the West’s slaves for caving in to their demands.
When writing for the Baltimore Post-Examiner, Sering stated his concerns, claiming that the military generals would abandon the requirement that the TTP give up its weapons because of the organization’s precarious position. The agreements are advantageous for the TTP’s friends as well. The growing friendship between Ayman al-Zawahiri of Al Qaeda and Haibatullah Akhundzada of the Taliban has permitted Al Qaeda to recover safe havens in Pakistan. In order to return Afghanistan to its gloomy past as the hub of terrorism, Al Qaeda also intends to team up with the Pakistan-supported Haqqani Network. In the name of imposing Islam, TTP militants oppose women’s education, force young girls into marriages with adults, and target artists and musicians. On June 24, last month, the TTP officially reaffirmed its commitment to imposing Sharia Law in Pakistan.
The Pashtun leaders were terrified as a result. Sering emphasised that recently, militants killed four members of the Youth of Waziristan. The Pashtuns are sceptical of the Pakistan Army’s cooperation with the terrorists since it has harmed the secular fabric of society following this incident and countless others in the past.