Terror attacks and politically motivated executions have been on the rise in Pakistan.In January, Punjab governor Salman Taseer was shot by his own bodyguard for opposing Pakistan’s blasphemy law.
The assassination of Pakistan’s minority affairs minister Shahbaz Bhatti in March, was “justified” for the same reason.
In the past seven days, 96 people have been killed and hundreds more injured in attacks across Pakistan’s North-West Frontier province and Balochistan.
- March 30, 2011 – Suspected Taliban militants targeted the convoy of Maulana Fazl ur Rehman of the hard-line group Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F). The attack which killed 10 took place on the Peshawar-Islamabad motorway in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
- March 31, 2011 – Suspected Taliban militants targeted Maulana Fazl ur Rehman’s convoy again. This attack in Charsadda, a town in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan killed 12 people and injured 32 others.
- March 31, 2011 – 10 people were killed in Pakistan’s Balochistan province in three separate attacks. A tribal elder, his son and three guards were killed in a bomb attack by the Baloch Liberation Front. A landmine killed three people and militants gunned down two tribal elders in the town of Kalat.
- April 1, 2011 – A 12-year-old boy was killed when a suicide bomber detonated his bomb at a weapons market in Dara Adam Khel, a town in Pakistan’s North-West Frontier Province.
- April 3, 2011 – Two suicide bombers killed 50 people and injured about 100 when they struck outside the Sakhi Sarwar shrine in Punjab. The Tehreek-e-Taliban have taken responsibility for the attack and said it was in response to the government attacks on militants in north-west Pakistan. A third suspected bomber was shot and injured by the police.
- April 4, 2011 – A teenage suicide bomber killed 8 people at a car showroom, near a bus terminal in the Lower Dir district of Pakistan on Monday. Pro-government tribal leader Muhammad Akbar Sufi, 55, was the target of the attack.
- April 5, 2011 – A blast in Tirah Valley, a tribal area located in Pakistan’s Khyber Agency, killed 5 and injured 8 others. The death toll is expected to rise as the injured are in critical condition.
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