Alone in 2014, about 929,859 people were reported to be internally displaced from North Waziristan as a result of Operation Zarb-e-Azb, a military offensive
conducted by the Pakistan Armed Forces along the Durand Line. In the series of operation latest one has been “Radd-ul-Fasaad”
which was commenced by the Pakistani Army in Feb 2017. Though it was carried out with an aim to eliminate the residual elements of terrorists from the area consolidating the gains of Zarb-e-Azb but delay of almost two years between the two operations was questioned
by many. In fact, security forces, who were till then harbouring certain factions of terrorists by providing safe haven in Pakistani territory, were forced to react following a series of terror attacks in various provinces of the Pakistan including the deadly
attack at the Shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar on 16 February 2017, where more than 90 pilgrims were killed.
The operation, which is an ongoing process, has so far resulted in killing of more than 1400 militants and arrest of approximately
2000. Once again the questions were asked, how come such a large number of militants were operating in the region. Army paid a heavy price by losing 500 plus soldiers and it is still continuing.
So much has been the bloodshed in Pakistan that in a data compiled by the independent South Asia Terrorism Portal shows that from 2000 to May 2019, more than 64000 people have been killed all across Pakistan
including 34,000 terrorists, 7,120 security forces personnel and more than 23000 civilians.
On the other hand, Balochistan,
which is in reality an occupied region, has been fighting for the greater political freedom. Ever since its merger with Pakistan there have been five uprisings against the state, starting from 1948. The current insurgency, considered to be the largest
one, was started in 2003 which is supposed to be on the decline. However, the recent attacks by the members of the Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) indicate otherwise.