Recently Pakistan suffered diverse acts of terrorism affecting all four of its provinces. In the latest series of Pakistani counter terrorism operations which were directed at dismantling jihadist infrastructure within the country, it marks an official acceptance of the distinguished fact that terrorists are active in northern Sindh and Punjab and that there’s a need to act against them if terrorism in the country is to be defeated.
Pakistan abruptly closed Pak-Afghan border for indefinite period over security reasons soon after the series of attacks conducted by Jammat ul Ahrar. Pakistan security forces also pounded the camps of Jamaat-ul-Ahrar terrorist group across the border in Afghanistan. Pakistan’s decision to close the border with Afghanistan was a largely symbolic act aimed at forcing its neighbor to take action against extremist groups blamed for fomenting cross-border terror attacks.
Pakistan military has in addition launched Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad against terrorists across the country. It aims at indiscriminately eliminating latent threat of terrorism, consolidating gains of operations made thus far and further ensuring security of the borders. Pakistan’s Air Force, Navy, civilian armed forces and other agencies would actively participate to eliminate the menace of terrorism from the country.
Apart from the local militant groups Pakistan has identified yet another culprit behind these terror activities that is none other than its own neighboring country Afghanistan. It is a fact that cannot be denied that Afghanistan soil is being used by militant groups against Pakistan by our enemies over span of years. The major problem is the porous border between both countries that is known as Durand line and covers an area of approx. 2400km long. Afghan government is not doing enough to stamp out militant groups, and that the militants in turn, were using Afghanistan as a base to plan attacks in Pakistan. It closed all border crossings and shelled what it said were militant camps on the Afghan side of the border. The army also demanded the immediate arrest of 76 terrorists it said were living in Afghanistan.
It might take long to settle and normalize relations between both countries as recently Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani refused to attend the 13th Economic Cooperation Organization summit that was held in Pakistan. We can still hope for better liaison as it is finest for both the countries to bring not only stability but also prevailing peace in region.