DI Khan: 23 military men martyred, over two dozen terrorists eliminated

Headline: Security Forces Eliminate 27 Terrorists in DI Khan Operation, Face Losses in Counterattacks

The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) reported on Tuesday that security forces successfully conducted an operation in DI Khan, the southernmost district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, resulting in the elimination of 27 terrorists. The operation, which targeted individuals involved in attacks on military personnel and civilians, included intelligence-based raids at multiple locations. Additionally, a significant quantity of arms and ammunition was seized, and terrorist hideouts were destroyed.

Tragically, two security personnel lost their lives during the gunfight. However, the success of the operation was marred by subsequent events, as the ISPR announced that 23 military personnel were martyred in a bombing and armed attack at a check post in Daraban, located 40 kilometers west of DI Khan. The attackers used an explosive-laden vehicle to breach the compound, causing the building to collapse and resulting in casualties.

Contrary to earlier reports, Reuters revealed that the targeted compound was a police station utilized as a base camp by the Pakistan Army. The ISPR disclosed that six terrorists were involved in the attack, and their attempt to enter the post was thwarted, forcing them to resort to the use of an explosive-laden vehicle and a subsequent suicide bombing.

Emergency measures were implemented in health facilities across the district to address the injured, with some reported to be in critical condition. The repeated attacks on law enforcers and security forces coincide with an escalation of terrorist acts, including bombings, gun attacks, and targeted killings in the province. This surge aligns with the return of the Taliban to the region after failed talks between the PTI government and the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban.

The rise in terrorist activities has targeted police forces, a critical civilian force responsible for maintaining law and order. This surge in violence also poses a threat to electioneering in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, with political parties such as JUI-F, PML-N, PPP, and ANP being among the targets.

Recent attacks have underscored the serious security threats faced by prominent political figures, including Maryam Nawaz and Bilawal Bhutto Zardari. The Chief Election Commissioner has assured voters of blanket security and urged them to disregard any rumors about election delays, emphasizing the importance of casting votes for a peaceful future.