Jan 13, 2014, 3:54 PM
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Pakistani militants increase targeted attacks

Islamabad, Jan 13, IRNA – Militant groups in Pakistan have increased targeted attacks on security officials and political leaders in recent days and in two latest attacks have killed several police officers and two political leaders.

In a latest attack, a leader of the anti-Taliban party was killed along with two other people near the northwestern city of Peshawar on Sunday. Mian Mushtaq, a leader of the Awami National Party was among those killed when the gunmen opened fire on their car.

Hours earlier, adviser to the Prime Minister escaped unhurt in two bomb attacks in the restive northwest. However six guards of the adviser, Amir Muqam were killed in the attacks in remote Shangala district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. Muqam survived five previous Taliban attacks as he is under the Taliban threats for his membership of the cabinet of former military ruler Pervez Musharraf.

On Thursday, a Taliban bomber killed a senior police officer, Chaudhry Aslam, in Karachi along with three other police men. Slain Aslam had conducted several operations against the Taliban and other banned groups.

Taliban spokesman, Shahidullah Shahid, Sunday said the Taliban will keep on targeting the security officials in the future.

The recent attacks have increased serious concerns in the country as the Taliban have now adopted the policy to carry out targeted attacks. Taliban have adopted the policy as they are no more in a position to take control of areas.

Taliban groups now only hold control of North Waziristan tribal region, which is also the focus of the American drone attacks.

After the killing if the Taliban chief, Hakimullah Mehsud in a US drone attack in November, the Taliban fighters have moved to other areas. The Taliban leadership has also gone. Maulvi Fazalullah, the former Taliban leader in Swat valley.

The Taliban founder, Baitullah Mehsud, was also killed in a US attack in 2009 who had been replaced by Hakimullah Mehsud.

The Taliban is now headed by Maulvi Fazalullah, the hardliner leader among the Taliban, who has rejected talks with the government and the Taliban under his leadership has now adopted a new strategy to increase targeted attacks.

The attacks are also a major challenge for the government and its security agencies how to deal with the new threat.