Day after shrine blast, Pakistan kills 100 militants

  • A day after a suicide bomber belonging to Islamic State terror outfit killed nearly 80 pilgrims at Pakistan's most famous Lal Shahbaz Qalandar shrine in Sindh, security forces have claimed to have killed close to 100 militants in a countrywide operation.

    The suicide blast at the famous sufi shrine was one of the fatal ever attacks in Pakistan. The blast came after many other extremist strikes earlier this week in spite of the ongoing offensive crackdown by army against militants.

    Following attack on the 13th century shrine, army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa has said to avenge “each drop of the nation's blood” and to avenge immediately.

    Meanwhile, the security forces have also launched a search-and-strike operation in Shalman near the border of Pakistan-Afghanistan.

    According to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) release by army, Paramilitary Sindh Rangers have killed 18 terrorists in overnight operations in the province. 13 terrorists were killed in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the northwest. Four other were eliminated in Lower Orakzai of Orakzai Agency while 11 were executed in Karachi, according to the Rangers. Several suspects were also arrested, said the government.

    Arsenal and hand grenades were also found on the slain terrorists. While political observers have touted army crackdown as a predictable response, they’ve also criticized army for not acting timely, if they (army) had relevant information.