Clearly, the myth that “everything is good” in KP is disintegrating quickly, especially in the amalgamated tribal districts of the province and the terrorist attacks’ worst-hit areas. Tuesday saw two distinct blasts reported in the province, and these violent acts, taken in conjunction with other recent incidents connected to militancy, highlight the unsettling fact that the terrorists are once again active. In Swat’s Kabal region, several individuals, including police officers and the former chairman of a local peace committee, perished when a remote-controlled bomb attacked their car. Idrees Khan, the former leader of the peace committee, had been the target of a 13-year wait, according to the outlawed TTP, which claimed responsibility for the tragedy. The tribal headman had performed
Seven employees of a mobile phone business were abducted in Swat, while a police station in Kohat was the target of another attack. Moreover, security forces were ambushed late on Tuesday in Khyber’s Jamrud area, and three troops were martyred in the Kurram tribal district when they allegedly came under fire from Afghanistan.
The state should be on high alert in light of the bombings, assaults on security personnel, and kidnappings that have been occurring in the impacted area since continuing to act in denial would only make the law and order situation worse. The military’s media wing had dismissed this danger as “exaggerated” and based on “misperception” last month, following demonstrations against the militant threat that had taken place in some areas of KP. But as evidenced by recent events, the extremist danger has shifted fromIt is clear that the government’s agreement on a truce with the TTP is in shambles, and the militants are not in the mood to make peace. The nation must be informed of the status of these conversations, and both civilian and military authorities must outline their plans for deterring the threat posed by militants. Unchecked militancy has put KP’s people through hell and back; they cannot be left at the mercy of such homicidal groups.