The names of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Senior Vice President Maryam Nawaz and Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah are reportedly on a “hit-list” created by terrorist organizations, which are planning to carry out attacks on politicians, armed forces leaders, and intelligence agencies leaders.
The banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and its affiliated faction named Jamaat-ul-Ahraar (JuA) plan to carry out these attacks, along with targeting government officials, vehicles, and checkposts of law enforcement agencies.
The terrorist group, which includes two suicide bombers, has entered Punjab under the supervision of JuA leader Rafiullah. Meanwhile, TTP commander Sarbakaf Mohmand has praised the miscreants who participated in national riots on May 9 after the arrest of Imran Khan, the chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), and announced his group’s support for them.
Recently, Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Emir Sirajul Haq narrowly escaped a suicide attack on his convoy in Balochistan’s Zhob while traveling to a rally. Incidents of terrorism have increased in Pakistan in recent months, and security forces have conducted several operations to defeat terrorists.
According to the Centre for Research and Security Studies, more than 850 people were killed or injured in militant attacks and counterterrorism operations in the first quarter of 2023, which is half the total number of fatalities in 2022.
The report further states that the TTP carried out at least 22 attacks during January-March this year, causing 107 deaths. It also revealed that January 2023 was the most fatal month for security forces in over a decade, with fatalities almost doubling from 88 in the first quarter of last year to 167 in the first quarter of this year.