Seven Pakistani soldiers kidnapped in Punjab
In another shocking incident seven more soldiers has been kidnapped in Pakistan. According to available details kidnapped soldiers were travelling between General Headquarters in Rawalpindi and Khyber Pukhtunkhwa when they were taken off a passenger bus army uniform clad gunmen. The incident took place in Jand tehsil of Punjab. Military officials have confirmed kidnapping.
In a similar incident Taliban kidnapped at least 23 soldiers from Peshawar and mercilessly killed 21 of them. One of them managed to escape while another was seriously wounded which died in hospital later on.
Jand is border area between Punjab and Khyber Pukhtunkhwa and is largely considered a safe area. Areas adjacent to Jand have lost writ of government and are largely controlled by Tariq Afridi group of Taliban. Same group was involved in killing and kidnapping of soldiers from Peshawar.
Security forces and other government agencies have lost control over majority areas of Khyber Pukhtunkhwa. Militancy is on rise in Pakistan and militants have capacity to launch offensive against state at their sweet will. On Tuesday unidentified gunmen opened indiscriminate fire on NGO vehicle at least 7 staffers in district Swabi of Khyber Pukhtunkhwa. Law enforcement agencies usually remain clueless in investigations after all such incidents.
Kidnapped soldiers were destined for Khyber Pukhtunkhwa but militants preferred to have them kidnapped within limits of Punjab only to leave a message that they have expanded their territory.
Pakistan has miserably failed to check lawlessness in the country and factors contributing to it.