ISI's Remarkable Success In Counterterrorism In Balochistan

ISI's Remarkable Success In Counterterrorism In Balochistan
In a groundbreaking operation hailed as yet another testament to the exceptional capabilities of Pakistan's premier intelligence agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) has achieved a significant milestone.

Following the recent arrest of Gulzar Imam, founder of the Baloch National Army (BNA), the ISI is now turning its attention towards the extradition of individuals like Adil Raja and Haider Mehdi, who have been propagating against the Pakistan Army.

Sources privy to the inside happenings of the National Security Committee (NSC) reveal that the NSC lauded the ISI's relentless efforts, recognizing this operation as the first of its kind in the country and the second globally. Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif himself commended the operation, emphasizing the outstanding professionalism displayed by Pakistan's institutions. Taking to Twitter, he wrote, "Arrest will help suppress militancy in Balochistan and usher in a new era of peace."

While the ISI has almost demolished terrorists’ networks in Balochistan with a track record of remarkable successes, it has also unearthed a crucial link between Adil Raja and India's intelligence agency, the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW).

Sources within the ISI have revealed that investigations are underway to expose the extent of this connection and the nature of their collaboration. This breakthrough strengthens the resolve of Pakistan's intelligence agencies to counter external threats and safeguard national security.

As the crackdown on militancy intensifies, the ISI's efforts are paving the way for a terror-free Balochistan. The military's media wing, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), revealed that BNA, responsible for numerous violent terrorist attacks, has been severely crippled by the arrest of its founder. Additionally, Gulzar Imam's past affiliations with the Baloch Republican Army (BRA) and his involvement in the formation of Baloch Raji Aajoi Sangar (BRAS) have further exposed the intricate network of militant groups in the region.

The meticulous planning and execution of the operation spanned months and multiple geographical locations, resulting in the apprehension of a militant leader of significant stature.

This achievement underscores the unwavering commitment and sacrifices made by Pakistan's law enforcement agencies (LEAs) and their unsung heroes in the relentless fight against terrorism.

As the ISI continues its pursuit of extraditing individuals involved in propagating anti-Pakistan sentiments, the agency's steadfast resolve and exceptional investigative capabilities inspire confidence that justice will prevail.

With a focus on disrupting the nefarious designs of external hostile agencies, such as RAW, Pakistan's intelligence agencies are determined to ensure peace and stability in Balochistan.

"The nation looks forward to a future where Balochistan thrives as a terror-free region, thanks to the dedicated efforts of the ISI and its partners in safeguarding national security and uprooting the menace of terrorism," said south Punjab-based political analyst Ahsan Raza. "Look at the arrest of Shambay, a prominent militant commander operating in the Makran belt of Balochistan. He was responsible for numerous terrorist attacks in the region. His arrest dealt a severe blow to not only the BNA but also other militant groups active in Balochistan. Furthermore, this development holds promising prospects for the people of Balochistan, who have long suffered from the scourge of violence. The government's commitment to establishing peace in the region is underscored by Shambay's arrest."

This recent success serves as a reminder that the fight against terrorism is a challenging and ongoing battle.

Nonetheless, it also showcases the progress being made by Pakistani security forces in combating terrorism.

The apprehension of Shambay represents a significant triumph, symbolizing the government's resolute dedication to restoring peace in Balochistan.

"Adding to these positive developments, Shambay has urged all insurgents operating in the province to renounce violence and embrace a peaceful existence," said Mubasher Bukhari, a leading journalist from Lahore. "During a press conference in Quetta on Tuesday, following his high-profile arrest in April, he emphasized the importance of pursuing political and constitutional means to secure rights, warning that armed violence would only perpetuate further bloodshed."

Shambay's arrest, coupled with his call for insurgents to surrender, reflects a turning point in the ongoing struggle for peace in Balochistan. The credit goes to the ISI and its chief, Lieutenant General Nadeem Anjum.


The writer is a senior correspondent at The Friday Times with a focus on politics, economy and militancy. He also hosts the Hassan Naqvi Show on Naya Daur.