Militant attacks increase as Pakistan’s National Day arrives

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Different armed groups have claimed responsibility for attacks carried out 2 days before 14 August, targeting Pakistan’s Independence Day celebrations.

Baloch Liberation Army’s spokesman Jeeyand Baloch has taken responsibility for the attack and has confirmed to the media in a released statement that BLA fighters last night bombed the Hub Cement Factory, calling it an ‘exploitative tool of the occupying state’ based on the Baloch homeland, in Hub Chowki, Balochistan.

According to the statement; BLA fighters attacked on a workshop of Attock Cement Factory, on Tuesday in Sakran, in a result of which the workshop was damaged, and several people were wounded.

In another attack, BLA fighters Pakistani paramilitary forces (Frontier Corps) with a remote-controlled bomb in Balochistan’s Mastung district on Monday. “BLA fighters attacked forces when they were on a military patrol in Baloch areas,” it said.

BLA spokesperson claimed that the bomb attack severely damaged a military patrol vehicle, which resulted in killing and injuring several personnel.

Whereas, a day before the Mastung attack, BLA also targeted a stall set up for selling Pakistani flags and badges for 14 August. According to reports, it was a hand grenade attack whcich was carried out in Hub Chowki city of Balochistan.

It is to mention that a serge has been witnessed in militant attacks on Pakistani forces and preparations for the National Day by Baloch and Sindhi armed groups as the Pakistan’s Independence Day comes closer.

A Sindh based militant group, Sindhudesh revolutionary Army (SRA) has carried out multiple attacks on Pakistani forces and Independence Day preparations in past few days. Whereas, SRA has claimed another attack today. Sodho Sindhi, spokesperson of the SRA claimed responsibility of a grenade attack on a Pakistani Independence Day stall in Gulshan-e-Hadid area of Karachi, last night.

In the statement Sodho Sindhi has appealed to the Sindhi nation to stay away from all the programs celebrated by Pakistan in connection with August 14.

Incidents of violence in Balochistan surge every year around the 14th of August when Pakistan celebrates its Independence Day. Baloch nationalist groups observe 14 August as ‘Black day’ against, what they term, ‘illegal occupation of Balochistan by Pakistan.’

Baloch nationalist armed groups consider Balochistan as an ‘occupied land’ and claim to regain its independence through arm struggle, to hinder the Pakistani state to hold festivals and celebrations in Balochistan, they attack Independence Day celebrations and preparations throughout Balochistan.