Pak Army Failure In Bajaur and Swat Created the Problem of TTP Base In Afghanistan

Cross-border attacks: Troops reinforcement likely on Kunar border

Officials say troops may relocate from tribal areas.

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan might relocate a ‘significant number’ of troops from the lawless tribal areas to man its border towns along Afghanistan’s Kunar and Nuristan provinces to stop the increasing cross-border incursions by al Qaeda-affiliated Taliban, officials have said.

The move is expected to add further complications to Islamabad’s troubled relations with Washington which have, of late, been calling for more deployment in the tribal badlands to combat militants it blamed for attacks on international forces in Afghanistan. A top military official told The Express Tribune on Sunday that authorities had already ordered reinforcing border checkpoints in Chitral and Dir districts after a brazen attack by militants allegedly based in Kunar.

Close to 30 security personnel were killed and some other were missing after approximately 300 armed militants mounted an audacious attack inside Pakistan’s Chitral district on Saturday morning. It was one of several incursions by Taliban from Afghanistan into Pakistan in recent months, forcing Pakistani military authorities to take extra measures to protect areas along the porous and mostly unprotected border.

A huge number of Pakistani Taliban took refuge in Nuristan and Kunar provinces in eastern Afghanistan after they were flushed out from Bajaur tribal district and Swat valley through military operations in 2009. Pakistani officials said that it had also been decided to intensify aerial surveillance of the border to put in place an early warning mechanism in case of militants’ movement from Afghanistan towards Pakistan.

The official, who wished not to be named, added that helicopter gunships and troops will be on standby to react if they were given signals.

When asked, he refused to give the exact number of troops being deployed in Dir and Chitral districts and the areas in tribal regions from where they were being relocated, saying it would be tantamount to revealing ‘operational details’ of a new security policy.

Around 100,000 troops are deployed in the tribal areas to combat Taliban. Though the official did not mention if North Waziristan was among the areas from where troops were being relocated, it might cause more bitterness in Pak-US ties.

Published in The Express Tribune

2 thoughts on “Pak Army Failure In Bajaur and Swat Created the Problem of TTP Base In Afghanistan

  1. Why did the Soviet forces failed to trap Afghans? Answer is missing–[you are making a faulty comparison. I am criticizing the failure of the individual operations, confined to small areas, to kill or capture the ring-leaders. You are trying to relate this to the Soviet effort for all of Afghanistan. The Russians lost because the ISI was running the Mujahedeen battle planning, with the CIA providing the materiel support and satellite reconnaissance. Are you saying that the TTP are the product of state spy agencies. Which ones? That, again, would be the ISI and the CIA.–editor]

  2. Hi editor,, why did the Soviets allow then Afghan to escape every time from 1978 to 1988? Geography remains the same. Gorilla fighters will keep on escaping in mountainous terrains. Dont call it a game. Did the Soviets play a game by not eliminating Afghan fighters?–[the Soviets did not have the home field advantage Pakistan enjoys in its war zone. Tough geography does not mean that preparations for a workable trap cannot be made. If any of these operations were serious, then they would not have been pre-announced beforehand. There has never been an effort to hide the retribution that was coming. Your network of spies and informants provides an inside connection to the local word on what is really going on. Your Army does not allocate enough resources to the task at hand. The culprits in bombings are seldom caught, and if they are, how often are they prosecuted? Sifting militants into good and bad groups lets many of them off the hook, even though they have taken-up arms against the state. You guys have to sort-out who your Army really represents and what they are fighting for. The games have to stop if you want to survive on your own, without becoming part of India once again.–editor]

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