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The Raddul Fasaad Fallouts: Will it succeed where Zarb-e-Azb failed?

The Raddul Fasaad Fallouts: Will it succeed where Zarb-e-Azb failed?

NIAS Strategic Forecast No. 13 | Author: D Suba Chandran | March 2017

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To cite: D Suba Chandran. “The Raddul Fasaad Fallouts: Will it succeed where Zarb-e-Azb failed?,” NIAS Strategic Forecast No. 13. Bangalore: International Strategic and Security Studies Programme, National Institute of Advanced Studies, March 2017.


February 2017 was perhaps one of the worst months in Pakistan’s recent history. A major suicide attack on a rally in Lahore in Punjab was followed by a bigger attack on a Sufi shrine (Qalandar) in Sehwan in Sindh. In between, there were suicide attacks on a court premises in Charsadda in KP. The second major attack, on 16 February 2017, also by a suicide bomber took place in Sehwan in rural Sindh (around 200 kms north of Karachi) was in a Sufi shrine (of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar); the attack was owned by the Islamic State in Pakistan. After a spate of horrific terror attacks, Pakistan has launched a new counter-terrorism offensive – Raddul Fasaad. The scope of the new military operation is larger than Zarb-e-Azb.

Will Raddul Fasaad succeed where Zarb-e-Azb failed? Or, will Raddul Fasaad create more problems and have unintended fallouts for Pakistan, given the current political support (or the lack of it) and the absence of long term political objective to military operations?

Twenty-First Century: Terrorism in Pakistan

Centre for Land Warfare Studies (CLAWS) Journal, Summer 2013, KW Publishers, New Delhi

S. Gopal, Sir Ashutosh Mukherjee Visiting Professor, National Institute of Advanced Studies

Jayashree G, Research Assistant, National Institute of Advanced Studies

claws journalPakistan has been employing terrorism as a low cost weapon in its proxy war against India and in the process has encouraged the growth of Islamic radical groups on its territory. It has now fallen victim to its own creations. Since 2001, Pakistan has witnessed a wave of terrorist violence, especially after having joined the “Global War on Terror” (GWOT). Out of the numerous terror attacks, a major percentage was suicide bombing related incidents. The causes of the violence can be attributable to both, Pakistan security forces’ operations against radical groups in Af-Pak region (as part GWOT) and sectarian clashes between Sunni and Shia communities. Increasing radicalisation of the Pakistani society due to Saudi-aided Wahabi movement and the growing disparity in distribution of social wealth can be regarded as catalysts in this regard. It is in this background that the paper examines the trends in suicide bombing in Pakistan and the relevant issues.

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