Policeman Martyred in Dera Ismail Khan Attack
A police officer was killed in an attack in Dera Ismail Khan when unidentified assailants fired upon him near the Hathala police station on Monday, according to an official. Constable Nazar Khan, hailing from Takwara village, was en route to perform security duties at a National Bank of Pakistan branch in Kulachi tehsil when the attackers struck and then fled the scene.
Police arrived promptly, transporting the officer’s body to Mufti Mahmood Hospital. The funeral prayers for Constable Khan took place at the Ejaz Shaheed Police Lines, attended by various senior police officers, civil servants, and social activists. RPO Satti expressed condolences to the officer’s family and assured that those responsible for the incident would be swiftly brought to justice.
Fatal Attacks in Quetta and Dera Bugti: Three Killed in Targeted Incidents
Three fatalities occurred in separate attacks in Quetta and Dera Bugti on Monday. In Quetta, a targeted shooting on Alamdar Road claimed the life of a Hazara rickshaw driver named Hussian Hazara, with the perpetrator shooting him after hiring the rickshaw. Meanwhile, in Sariab’s Qambrani road area, unidentified gunmen on motorcycles killed Ghulam Qadir in a shooting incident. Motives remain unclear for the latter case, with police registering a case for investigation.
Crackdown on TTP Militants Escalates Tensions Between Kabul and TTP
After Pakistan pressed Afghanistan to act against TTP militants involved in attacking Pakistani border posts, the Kabul government cracked down on the TTP. Afghan Taliban authorities ordered an operation against TTP hideouts, arresting 70 militants including 15 injured.
The arrests signal escalating tensions between the Afghan Taliban and TTP. Afghanistan had denied TTP’s presence within its borders but has now arrested members involved in attacks on Pakistan. This comes after Pakistan conveyed it would close the Torkham border indefinitely if Kabul did not act against the TTP.