Pakistan’s Balochistan Minister accuses two neighbouring countries of promoting terrorism


Days after a series of attacks targeting security forces took the lives of over a dozen individuals across the country, the Balochistan caretaker information minister has claimed that two neighboring states were involved in these acts of terror as a means to “blackmail” Pakistan. In response to the Gwadar attack, in which militants killed more than a dozen Pakistan Army personnel, six soldiers were laid to rest in their ancestral villages in Gilgit-Baltistan with military honors. The caretaker minister, Jan Achakzai, addressed the press along with Quetta Commissioner Hamza Shafqaat to state that Pakistan was under attack from “both sides”, but that this would not weaken the nation’s determination to combat terrorism. He also revealed that six militants who were killed in the Zhob attack had Afghan identity cards, which were found in their possession. Furthermore, Achakzai accused India of stirring up unrest in the region and linked its spy agency, RAW, to “terrorist incidents in the country”. The minister’s claims fit into a wider context of ongoing tensions between Pakistan and its neighbors, as well as the country’s efforts to combat terrorism both domestically and internationally. In addition, the article discusses the burial of the soldiers who lost their lives in the Gwadar attack, with detailed information on their final resting places and the honors bestowed upon them.


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