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Country Report Pakistan

  • Published: September 2014
  • Region: Pakistan
  • 25 Pages
  • The Economist Intelligence Unit

A spokesman for the Tehrik-i-Taliban (TTP, the Pakistani Taliban) on September 9th claimed responsibility for a gun and grenade attack on a secure naval construction and repair facility in Karachi on September 6th.

The dockyard attack is only the second incident since Zarb-e-Azb, the military's large-scale offensive against militant strongholds in North Waziristan, began in mid-June, suggesting that the operation has disrupted the group's ability to conduct attacks. (Fighters from two TTP factions and the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan conducted suicide attacks on two military air bases on the outskirts of Quetta, the Baluchistan provincial capital, on August 14th.) According to army statements, nearly 1,000 militants have been killed in the offensive, and, shortly after it began, the TTP vowed to conduct retaliatory attacks. Nevertheless, the incident indicates that the military offensive is unlikely to solve the country's security problems. Moreover, Islamist extremist groups have demonstrated a great ability to regroup and redirect their energies following previous crackdowns, and many senior TTP leaders are likely to have fled North Waziristan to more remote areas of the READ MORE >

Country Report Pakistan

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