In the wake of a brutal terror attack that claimed the lives of 23 security personnel in the northwest of Pakistan, Jan Achakzai, the interim information minister of Balochistan, has proposed a bold strategy aimed at combating terrorism.

According to multiple reports, Achakzai has called for the establishment of American drone bases as part of a multifaceted approach to counter-terrorism operations.

Terror Strikes Northwest Pakistan

The bomb and gun attack, which occurred in the restive region of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on December 12, prompted Achakzai to outline several measures, as reported by Dawn.

An attack on a military post in Daraban, northwestern Pakistan, resulted in at least 23 deaths, as confirmed by the Pakistani military.

The assault involved a vehicle loaded with explosives ramming into a police station gate, followed by a suicide bombing, causing the building’s collapse and numerous casualties.

Pakistani Army’s media also reported the death of six attackers, as Tehreek-e-Jihad Pakistan (TJP) claimed responsibility.

Following the attack, in a now-deleted post, Achakzai brought up measures in a post via X (formerly Twitter), including reprisal attacks in neighboring Afghanistan, specially targeted operations, air strikes, border closure with Afghanistan, repatriation of Afghan refugees, and a political opposition gathering in Islamabad aimed at countering the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).

The now-deleted tweet of Pakistani official Jan Achakzai following a December 12 bombing in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (Screengrab via Dawn News)

Bold Proposal: US Drone Bases for Counter-Terrorism Operations

One of the most significant proposals made by the Pakistani official was the offer of US drone bases to target sanctuaries of Al Qaeda and other militant groups operating in Afghanistan.