The Pakistan Center for Research and Security Studies has reported that casualties among security forces in the country have reached their “highest level” in the past eight years in the battle against insurgents.
According to the centre’s statistics, 386 Pakistan security forces members have been killed in the past nine months. Among them, 137 were army soldiers.
Following the return of the Taliban to power in Kabul in August 2021, Pakistan has witnessed an increase in extremist attacks, especially in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan provinces, Arab News reported.
The report suggests that experts attribute the rise in attacks by insurgents and the casualties among security forces in Pakistan to the resurgence of the Taliban in Afghanistan.
Pakistani officials also claimed that the return of the Taliban has emboldened the insurgent groups in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and fueled violence by separatists in Balochistan.
Muhammad Ali, the Director of Defense and Strategic Studies at the Pakistan Center for Research and Security Studies (CASS), told Arab News that one of the main reasons for the increase in terrorist incidents in Pakistan is the Taliban’s inability to fulfil their international security commitments, especially towards Pakistan.
Recently, officials from Pakistan and Afghanistan have underscored the importance of collaboration to address security concerns. They have jointly emphasized the establishment of committees as a critical step in working together to find solutions to these pressing security issues.
This cooperative approach reflects a commitment to regional stability and the mutual interest in countering shared security challenges.