Attacks in Ormara, North Waziristan; Twelve Security Personnel Martyred


On Thursday, the North Waziristan’s tribal district and Balochistan’s Gwadar district underwent two separate attacks; as a result of which twelve security personnel embraced martyrdom.

First, a fleet of government-controlled Oil and Gas Development Company Ltd (OGDCL) was attacked on the Makran Coastal Highway in Ormara, Balochistan which killed nearly six security personnel, reported Radio Pakistan.

The attackers opened fire on the security personnel on the highway in Gwadar, causing them to lose their lives.

The area was then cordoned off followed by a search operation, said the report.

So far none of the terrorist groups have taken up the responsibility for the attack.

According to another report by Radio Pakistan, in a statement issued by the officials, Prime Minister Imran Khan has strongly condemned the attack on the convoy of OGDCL and instructed authorities to present to him a report providing the insights into the incident.

The Prime Minister grieved about the loss of invaluable lives of the security personnel and sent his condolences to the families of the martyrs.

On the other hand, Chief Minister of Balochistan Jam Kamal Khan Alyani on twitter said that the attack is a clear indication that the enemy is afraid of Balochistan and its people prospering.

Shehryar Afridi, Minister for Narcotics Control and States and Frontier Regions (Safron), while commenting on the incident, said that India-backed terrorists are making a desperate final attempt to disrupt the peace and development process in Balochistan while Pakistan is on its way to achieving peace and CPEC is turning Pakistan into a vibrant economy. He further went on to clarify that terrorism cannot be promoted again in the country and that the enemy is going to fail soon.

Balochistan is home to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, which itself is a part of the Beijing’s mega initiative of regional belt and road infrastructure.

The corridor is meant to give Beijing access to the Arabian Sea as it is connecting Gwadar with China’s western province Xinjiang.

A similar incident took place last year when almost fourteen people were killed, out of which 11 were personnel of the Air Force, Navy, and Coast Guards. They were particularly picked out after getting their computerized national identity cards (CNICs) checked, and were discharged near Ormara, in the Buzi pass area from seven buses.

The incident happened on the Makran Coastal Highway which connects Karachi and the Gwadar port city. The buses were taking officials from Karachi to Gwadar.

The responsibility for the incident was claimed by three militant organizations, namely Balochistan Republican Army, Balochistan Liberation Front, and Baloch Republican Guard.

The second bomb attack was made in North Waziristan’s Razmak area which caused the other six fatalities.