NEWS | Aftermath of Recent Terrorist Attacks in Pakistan : A Timeline View

NEWS | Aftermath of Recent Terrorist Attacks in Pakistan : A Timeline View

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Image Attribute: The Friendship Gate in the city of Wes/Chaman is the local border crossing between Pakistan and Afghanistan. (Photo by lafrancevi, Creative Commons License)

Image Attribute: The Friendship Gate in the city of Wes/Chaman is the local border crossing between Pakistan and Afghanistan. (Photo by lafrancevi, Creative Commons License)

Pakistani security forces say dozens of Islamic extremists have been killed in a nationwide crackdown following a recent series of deadly terror attacks that broke a period of relative calm in the country.

On February 13, a suicide attacker targeted protesters in Lahore, killing 16 people, including senior police officers, and wounding more than 80 others.

On February 15, two suicide attacks took place in northern Pakistan -- both claimed by Taliban militants.

On February 16, suicide bomb blast on Lal Shahbabaz Qalandar shrine in Sehwan killed at least 88, including women and children. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) claimed responsibility for this attack - the deadliest in Pakistan since 2014.

Earlier on February 16, a land-mine blast had killed an army captain and two army soldiers in the Awaran area of Balochistan Province.

Security forces have moved quickly since the February 16 attack on the Lal Shahbaz Qalandar shrine in Sindh Province -- with political and military leaders vowing to go to any length to crush the extremists.

On February 16, Major General Asif Ghafoor, head of the military's Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) media wing, said the border crossing on the highway between Peshawar, Pakistan, and Jalalabad, Afghanistan, would remain closed until "further orders."

"Over 100 terrorists have been killed since last night and sizable apprehensions also made," the ISPR further said on February 17.

Image Attribute: ISPR Official Twitter Handle, February 17, 2016

Image Attribute: ISPR Official Twitter Handle, February 17, 2016

According to the statement issued by ISPR, during telephonic conversation with U.S. General John Nicholson, Resolute Support Mission (RSM) Commander in Afghanistan, Army Chief expressed his concerns over continued acts of terrorism in Pakistan with impunity from Afghanistan, saying most of the incidents in Pakistan are claimed by terrorist organisations with leadership hiding in Afghanistan.

Image Attribute: ISPR Official Twitter Handle, February 17, 2016

Image Attribute: ISPR Official Twitter Handle, February 17, 2016

Last week, Pakistan Army had demanded Afghanistan hand over 76 terrorists after a deadly suicide attack at the Sufi shrine.

Pakistan Army had demanded Afghanistan hand over 76 terrorists


On February 20, a tit-for-tat move, the Afghanistan ambassador to Islamabad has reportedly handed a list to Pakistan claiming the existence of Taliban and Haqqani leaders and terrorist camps in the neighboring country.

Afghanistan ambassador to Islamabad has reportedly handed a list to Pakistan claiming the existence of Taliban and Haqqani leaders

Earlier on February 20, according to a statement released by the ISPR - Pakistan Air Force (PAF) fighter jets targeted the militants, who were trying to regroup in a bordering area of North Waziristan Agency - "Terrorists tried to regroup in Wucha Bibi, the border area in North Waziristan Agency. The PAF bombardment destroyed the hideout, killing several terrorists inside,".

Pakistan also closed two key border crossings with Afghanistan blocking trade between the two countries in a move that experts say will further deteriorate ties between the two neighbors. The move is aimed at putting pressure on Kabul to do more to stop the flow of terror from its soil.

On February 20, Pakistani Chief of Army Staff (COAS) called for joint effort and close coordination with Afghan Security Forces to prevent cross-border terrorist activities. Also, welcomed the proposals offered by Afghanistan Government for a resolute action againts terror outfits in the region through mutual coordination. 

Image Attribute: ISPR Official Twitter Handle, February 20, 2016

Image Attribute: ISPR Official Twitter Handle, February 20, 2016

With reporting by ISPR, RFEEL, Twitter GEO TV, Dawn, Reuters, and AP
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