Terror In Karachi
The horrific attack targeting a van carrying Chinese academics near the Confucius Institute in Karachi University has sent shockwaves across the country particularly because it reflects a new, more brutal wave of terror attacks. It is a rare instance of an attack on Chinese nationals allegedly carried out by a female suicide bomber. The profile of the alleged culprit—a mother with two degrees from an educated, well-off family, bellies the traditional image of a militant, and indicates a dangerous new turn in terrorism tactics.
This attack should be a wake-up call on how deep anti-state elements have been rooted that they are able to now brainwash and train ordinary women into becoming suicide bombers. A background check of the history of the alleged culprit indicates that she had been inculcated into the Baloch Liberation Army (BLA), a terrorist group, specifically the Majeed Brigade group, indicating that these foreign-funded terrorist factors are targeting university students into becoming militants.
The sole purpose of this attack was to weaken Pakistan. The BLA’s consistent attempts to target Chinese nationals and disrupt progress in the country clearly show that the interests of the province are not what they are fighting for; rather it is evident that a larger game to disrupt the country’s development and harm relationships is at play. The BLA’s terrorist activities are different from some legitimate grievances of the Baloch people, grievances which have often been addressed to and listened to by the Pakistani state. This malicious attack, with its roots in non-state funding, only causes damage to the Baloch people, and the use of women as suicide bombers reflects an alarming revelation of how far these non-state actors are willing to go to cause discord in Pakistan. The authorities must take note of the new insidious ways with which these non-state actors are trying to sabotage CPEC and threaten the stability and peace of the country.