At least fourteen dead in an insurgent attack on a military installation in Pakistan

06/29/2020 Pakistan Police INTERNATIONAL POLITICS -/PPI via ZUMA Wire/dpa (-/PPI via ZUMA Wire/dpa/)

At least fourteen people, nine of them Pakistani soldiers, were killed. after suspected insurgents unsuccessfully tried to gain access to a facility of the pakistan army in the center of the country.

The presumed rebels tried to infiltrate this morning in a garrison building that the Army has deployed in the Zhob district, located in the province of Balochistan, but they were intercepted by the soldiers, according to the communication office of the pakistani army (ISPR) in a statement.

“In the intense exchange of fire that followed, the terrorists were contained,” the statement added, specifying that three “heavily armed” insurgents were killed, while four soldiers were killed and five others were initially seriously wounded.

Two presumed insurgents fled after the attack, for which the security forces began “a cleanup operation” to stop themaccurate.

The Army announced the conclusion of the operation several hours later, which resulted in the death of the two insurgents. However, he also reported that the five soldiers who had been previously injured succumbed to their injuries.

The attack was claimed by the insurgent group, Tehreek-e-Jihad Pakistan (TJP), of which few details are available, according to a statement issued by its spokesman, Mulla Qasim.

Paramilitary soldiers from the Frontier Constabulary stand guard on a barricaded road, at the entrance to a military zone, in Peshawar, Pakistan, on May 11, 2023. (AP Photo/Muhammad Sajjad)
Paramilitary soldiers from the Frontier Constabulary stand guard on a barricaded road, at the access to a military zone, in Peshawar, Pakistan, on May 11, 2023. (AP Photo/Muhammad Sajjad) (Muhammad Sajjad/)

Pakistan has experienced an increase in armed violence since the Afghan Taliban came to power in Kabul in August 2021.especially in the Afghan border provinces of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan.

Balochistan province, the largest in Pakistan, has been a regular scene of violence with the presence of armed groups, Taliban factions and jihadist groups that have been fighting the government for decades for the formation of an independent state.

Thus, at least six soldiers, including a commander, and a suspected insurgent died on July 2 in two militant attacks in Balochistan.

In Pakistan there have been 271 militant attacks during the first half of the yearin which 389 people died and another 656 were injured, according to a report published in early July by the Pakistan Institute for Security and Conflict Studies.

A significant increase in the figures compared to the same period in 2022, when Pakistan suffered 151 attacks that caused 293 deaths and 487 injuries.

The IMF approved a bailout for Pakistan

The International Monetary Fund approved an expected $3 billion bailout for Pakistan on Wednesday, the financial body said, a move likely to prevent the impoverished Islamic nation from defaulting on its debt.

The IMF reported that its board of directors approved an agreement to release the funds over a period of nine months in order to support Pakistan’s economic stabilization program.

Less than two weeks ago, Pakistan and the IMF agreed to the nine-month plan after a series of meetings with Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and other officials.

“The deal comes at a difficult economic climate for Pakistan. A difficult external environment, devastating floods, and policy errors have led to large fiscal and external deficits, rising inflation, and reserve erosion” in fiscal year 2023, the IMF said in a statement.

(With information from EFE)

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