Pakistan Sufi Shrine blast: Army cracks down kills 100 militants
With pressure growing for action, Pakistan demanded that neighbouring Afghanistan hand over 76 �terrorists� it said were sheltering over the border.
Within a day of Sufi Shrine blast in Sindh province, Pakistan Army launched a huge crackdown on militants and killed at least 100 suspected militants in Pakistan. This comes after Islamic State claimed the suicide bombing that killed more than 80 worshippers at the famed Lal Shahbaz Qalandar shrine in Sehwan.
“Over 100 terrorists have been killed since last night and sizeable apprehensions also made,” the military said in an operations update on Friday evening. “Terrorists will be targeted ruthlessly, indiscriminately, anywhere and everywhere. No let up,” an armed forces spokesman added in a tweet.
With pressure growing for action, Pakistan demanded that neighbouring Afghanistan hand over 76 “terrorists” it said were sheltering over the border. It had already sealed off the border with Afghanistan after the attack.
The bombings over five days have hit all four of Pakistan’s provinces and two major cities, shaking a nascent sense that the worst of the country’s militant violence may be in the past. A series of military operations against insurgent groups operating in Pakistan had encouraged hopes that their leaders were scattered.
The attacks have once again raised questions over the influence of Islamic State in Pakistan, a nuclear-armed nation of 190 million people that has tense relations with its neighbours India and Afghanistan. In the past two years, Islamic State has worked to build its “Khorasan province” encompassing Afghanistan and Pakistan, often helped by local radicals.
A top US lawmaker Brad Sherman has said Pakistan’s intelligence services have for too long supported some terror organisations and it is impossible to get a handle on fanatical and violent groups when one plays “double game”.
“It is impossible to get a handle on fanatical and violent groups when you play this double game,” he said while strongly condemning the terrorist attack in Sindh that claimed over 80 lives. “Unfortunately, we have a situation where ISIS can operate within Pakistan and carry out attacks as it did this week,” he said in a statement and called on Pakistan to change its policies towards terror organisations.