Pakistan announced that their Army killed “100 terrorists” in 24 hours following the suicide bombing at the Lal Shahbaz Qalandar Sufi shrine that killed 88 people and injured hundreds. Islamic State claimed responsibility for the terrorist attack that targeted hundreds of worshipers.
Pakistan’s army has killed more than 100 “terrorists” in one day following a suicide blast in a Sufi shrine, the deadliest attack in the country in more than two years.
The killings, announced by the military’s media office, come amid calls for more security in the country following a string of recent attacks.
In a statement released on Friday, the Inter Services Public Relations department said: “Over 100 terrorists have been killed since last night and sizeable apprehensions also made.” al Jazeera
IBOs and combining ops across the country including Punjab. Over 100 Ts killed besides sizeable apprehensions during last 24 hours. pic.twitter.com/hVrzRFTSrr
— Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor (@OfficialDGISPR) February 17, 2017
Local news is also reporting, Afghan diplomats were summoned to Pakistan Army headquarters and received a list of 76 militants wanted by the Pakistan government.
The statement said Pakistan’s adviser on foreign affairs, Sartaj Aziz, who effectively acts as the foreign minister, phoned Afghan National Security Adviser Hanif Atmar urging Kabul to take action against the terrorists involved in recent acts of suicide bombings, and allegedly based in Afghanistan.
“He expressed serious concern that JuA continued to operate from its sanctuaries and safe haven in Afghanistan for undertaking terrorism in Pakistan and the government of Afghanistan had not paid heed to Pakistan’s repeated calls on the Afghan government to take action against the group and its activities based in Afghanistan,” the statement added.
“The summoning of [Afghan] diplomats to the army headquarters is, no doubt, unprecedented,” Rustam Shah Mohmand, a former ambassador of Pakistan to Kabul from 2002 to 2005 told Anadolu Agency. “But probably, it was the magnitude and size of the tragedy that propelled the army to do that. It might have found it the quickest way to transmit its demands to the Kabul government.”- Anadlou Agency
The Pakistan-Afghanistan border crossings, Chaman, and Torkham, have closed indefinitely amid security concerns following the bombing.
Featured image courtesy of Getty (CBS News- Pakistani volunteers stand beside the bodies of suspected militants who were killed in an overnight raid on their hideouts by security forces, as they lie in a mortuary at a hospital in Karachi on February 17, 2017, following the bomb attack on the shrine of 13th century Muslim Sufi saint Lal Shahbaz Qalandar in the town of Sehwan in Sindh province.)
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