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OPERATION ZARB E AZB: What Pakistan’s War On Terror Means For Us All

  On 8 June, 2014, Pakistan’s largest international airport in Karachi was stormed by terrorists from various outlawed outfits, including foreign Uzbeks, in what is considered the biggest attack on a high security installation in the country. With thousands of passengers stranded in grounded aircrafts, the air-field became a battleground as rangers, airport police as well as army commandos took to the scene. The death toll was 36, including 10 highly trained attackers. More than 1200 passengers were safely evacuated from the premises, and there was not a single civilian casualty. However, this unfortunate event proved to be a catalyst in implementing a drastic change in the country’s foreign policy. The tribal region of North Waziristan, bordered by Afghanistan and a renowned safe haven for extremists became the target of Pakistan’s armed forces. The consequent operation, Zarb e Azb, popularly dubbed as Pakistan’s own “War on Terror” was going to be elemental in the security of the region [1]. Operation Zarb e Azb, as was dubbed after the name of the sword of Prophet Muhammad …