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The Unintended Consequences of Pakistan's Operation Zarb-e-Azb

Categories: South Asia, Pakistan, Governance, Human Rights, Humanitarian Response, Refugees

On June 15, 2014, the Pakistan Army launched Operation Zarb-e-Azb [1], a joint-military operation involving Pakistan against armed insurgent groups such as the Taliban (TTP), al–Qaeda, the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM) and the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU).

The operation started exactly a week after the terrorist attack on the Karachi airport [2]. Kashif Aziz [3] at Chowrangi fears that innocent people will suffer and seek refuge elsewhere to avoid the military attacks and the backlash of the militants:

This offensive in Waziristan will bring a fresh wave of IDPs [internally displaced people] to other parts of Pakistan. They need to be accommodated with care.

Hope the operation will end swiftly and without much collateral damage.