Lal Shahbaz Qalandar shrine attack Security crackdown 18 militants killed attack on shrine at least 80 people dead

Lal Shahbaz Qalandar shrine attack Security crackdown 18 militants killed attack on shrine at least 80 people dead. The paramilitary Rangers said they targeted militants overnight in Sindh.

Says Dozens of militants killed in a security crackdown following attack on a shrine that left at least 80 people dead.

The paramilitary Rangers said they targeted militants overnight in Sindh.

While police said further raids carried out in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the north-west.

Lal Shahbaz Qalandar shrine attack Security crackdown 18 militants killed attack on shrine at least 80 people dead.
Lal Shahbaz Qalandar shrine attack Security crackdown 18 militants killed attack on shrine at least 80 people dead.

18 militants killed in southern Sindh province, where the Sufi shrine is located, and another 13 in the north-west, officials said.

Funeral for victims are taking place on Friday and the Sindh provincial government announced three days of mourning.

250 people also wounded in the attack.

The crackdown a regular response carried out by the government following a major militant attack.

So-called Islamic State said it had carried out the attack. Official said that scores of suspects had also arrested.

Pakistan has also blocked routes to the Afghan border.

The government also summoned officials from the Afghan embassy, protesting that Afghan soil was being used as a base for militants to carry out attacks in Pakistan.

Pakistani officials handed over a list containing the names of 76 “most wanted terrorists”, insisting that Afghanistan take immediate action against them.

Some worshipers complaining to police that they had not provided enough security. There were threats to the shrine.

The Taliban had warned that they will attack here, but the authorities didn’t take it seriously.

Militants, especially many members of the Pakistani Taliban group (TTP), moved to Afghanistan after the Pakistani military’s operation in North Waziristan in 2014.

Lal Shahbaz Qalandar shrine attack Security crackdown 18 militants killed attack on shrine at least 80 people dead.

These militants joined the Islamic State group. The Afghan government insists it has been targeting them and has killed several Pakistani Taliban commanders over the past two years.

Pakistan blame elements in the Afghan intelligence agency and India’s Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) for supporting militants who carry out attacks against Pakistan.

Afghan officials view this as hypocrisy, accusing Pakistan of discriminating between “good” and “bad” militants.

They accuse Pakistan of allowing on its soil militant groups that attack Afghanistan and India.

They also point to the presence and killing of a number of top-ranked militant leaders.

Including Osama Bin Laden and the Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour, in US strikes in Pakistan.

The “blame game” has become a norm as the countries accuse each other of using militant groups as proxies.

The border closure and fresh allegations by Pakistan will further erode the little trust that exists between the two governments.