According to a statement made on Friday, the Punjab Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) has detained 12 alleged terrorists who are members of the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and the outlawed Al-Qaeda.
A “covert operation” is conducted in Punjab province, where these terrorists were arrested from the sensitive areas of Lahore and Punjab’s other two cities, as mentioned in the statement given by CTD
The spokesperson of CTD told that the "terrorist network" desired to carry out subversive acts in critical areas.
The statement further added that CTD recovered material and explosives used in making suicide jackets from the purported terrorists.
The CTD stated that they were recognized while questioning 61 suspects. They further reported that a case was registered against militants, and investigations were under process.
The CTD further stated that 797 combing operations were carried out this week and they have arrested 159 suspects.
The CTD declared: "No effort will be spared to bring terrorist elements to an end."
Rising concerns about security
Terrorist groups have been conducting attacks in the country with almost complete impunity in the past few months, which has worsened the overall law and order situation, particularly in KP and Balochistan. The government has increased security check posts due to heightened security concerns.
TTP has increased its attacks after breaking down talks with the state. They targeted particularly the KP police and bordering areas of Afghanistan. The Baluchistan insurgents also intensified their deadly operations and established a formal connection with the TTP, a banned organization.
In February, the Karachi police headquarters was attacked by the banned TTP, which is considered a prominent attack in the month. A strong suicide blast in a mosque in Peshawar Police Lines killed 84 people and injured dozens more a month earlier.
Recently, Pakistan Institute for Conflict and Security Studies (PICSS) released a report which mentioned that more attacks were witnessed in February, but the number of deaths was less as compared to January.
The report further stated that four militant strikes were carried out in Punjab in which eight people were injured and two killed while in Sindh, three militant strikes were reported in which 18 people were injured and 10 killed.
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