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Terrorists apprehended from Balochistan are signs of progress

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The Frontier Corps (FC) have apprehended two terrorists belonging to banned organisations during an intelligence-based operation (IBO) in parts of Balochistan, the Inter-Services Public Relations said in a statement issued on Friday. The IBO highlights the progress being made against anti-state elements in Pakistan’s largest province.

The IBOs part of Operation Raddul Fasaad were carried out in Uch, Dera Bugti, Gulistan and Dera Murad Jamali areas, the ISPR said, adding, the FC also recovered improvised explosive devices (IED), grenades, ammunition as well as 46 kilograms of explosives.

In a separate operation, security forces defused improvised explosive devices found on a motorcycle in Dera Murad Jamali. The banned organisations have yet to be named but the Sub nationalist Separatist militant group called the Balochistan Republican Army is mostly active in those parts. This successful operation follows another successful operation in Turbat two days previously.

According to US intelligence sources, Pakistani forces captured and handed over Rigi to the Iranians. The Pak-Iran border has been a rather safe spot for terror attacks and terrorist movements.

On 21st November 2017, Balochistan Frontier Constabulary (FC) conducted Intelligence Based Operation (IBO) in Tump area of Turbat on a terrorist hideout in which two terrorists were apprehended. During the operation 18 hostages, including two Pakistani and 16 foreigners (Nigerian and Yemeni) hostages, were also recovered. A large quantity of arms and ammunition, including IEDs, were also recovered from the terrorist’s hide out.

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In another operation, FC conducted an IBO in village Panodi, located 25 kilometres from Balnigur in Makran. Two terrorists belonging to a proscribed organisation were killed in the operation. During exchange of fire with terrorists, Sepoy Nasir Mehmood embraced martyrdom while two other soldiers sustained injuries. These terrorists were involved in different activities, including destroying a bridge on M-8, planting IEDs and attacks on security forces.

The continuing success of security forces in Balochistan is very significant especially in the face of increasing foreign proxy wars in the area. Indian involvement in fomenting terrorism in Pakistan is not a new revelation; however, it is often overshadowed in the international media by the Indian sponsored propaganda against Pakistan.

Based on intelligence reports, Iran is involved in backing some sectarian outfits inside Pakistan such as the Sipah-e-Muhammad whose founder Allama Ghulam Raza Naqvi passed away in Iran on 6th March 2016.

In a recent spate of fresh evidence emerging out of the terrorist activities inside the country, Pakistan’s intelligence agencies recently arrested an Indian Navy officer from the restive province of Baluchistan, accused with involvement in terrorist activities and tasked with a larger agenda of disintegrating Baluchistan and Karachi.

Kulbhushan Yadav, (a serving Indian Navy Commander) was allegedly sent under deputation to the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) of the government to Iran (Chabahar Port) since 2013. It is well documented that India uses its consulates close to the Afghanistan and Iranian border to help terrorists infiltrate into Pakistan. However, this case is unprecedented as the arrested man is, allegedly, a serving Indian armed forces employee.

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It is no secret, that Pakistan undertook the decision to build nuclear weapons to ensure its survival against a neigbour that helped disintegrate its Eastern half. The Iranian Pakistani border has also seen heightened activity in recent months. The border has become infamous for both cross-border firings by Iran as well activities by ethno-nationalist and sectarian terrorists on both sides.

Pakistan’s intelligence agencies recently arrested an Indian Navy officer from the restive province of Baluchistan, accused with involvement in terrorist activities and tasked with a larger agenda of disintegrating Baluchistan and Karachi.

Based on intelligence reports, Iran is involved in backing some sectarian outfits inside Pakistan such as the Sipah-e-Muhammad whose founder Allama Ghulam Raza Naqvi passed away in Iran on 6th March 2016. There is also the presence of the Baloch Liberation Front (BLF), a brutal ethno-nationalist separatist terror group whose sanctuaries and leader Dr. Allah Nazar Baloch are stated to be inside Iranian territory.

Iran’s main foe is the militant group Jaish al-Adl, or the Army of Justice.  Jaish al-Adl is a Sunni militant group that has carried out several attacks on Iranian security forces with the aim of highlighting what they say is discrimination against Sunni Muslims and the Baloch ethnic group in the province. The group has claimed responsibility for attacks that killed many Iranian personnel.

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The group is asserted to have been set up by members of the Jundallah, a Sunni militant group, in 2012. Jundullah was another organization fighting against the Iranian State for Sunni rights. Its strength weakened after its leader Abdolmalek Rigi was arrested and executed in 2010. According to US intelligence sources, Pakistani forces captured and handed over Rigi to the Iranians. The Pak-Iran border has been a rather safe spot for terror attacks and terrorist movements.

As long as foreign interests continue to view instability and violence in Balochistan as amenable to their interests, the state cannot let its guard down in in its territory.


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