Tushar Ranjan Mohanty
leader Malik Khan Gull and his son were killed in an explosion in the Tank area
of Dera Ismail Khan District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) on November 25, 2019.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attack thus far.
pro-government tribal elder was killed in an explosion near the Pakistan-Afghan
border in the Upper Dir District of KP on August 18, 2019. Four others were
also killed in the attack. The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed
responsibility for the attack.
elder, Wali Khan Achakzai, and two of his guards were killed in a blast at
Chaman town of Killa Abdullah District in Balochistan on May 8, 2019. Levies
forces said Achakzai was returning home from work when the blast occurred,
completely destroying the car and killing all three on the spot.
to partial data compiled by the South Asia Terrorism Portal (SATP), during the
first 11 months and eight days of the current year (2019), there have been five
such incidents, resulting in death of six tribal elders across Pakistan’s
tribal areas. During the corresponding period of 2018, five tribal elders had
died in three incidents; and in the remaining period of 2018, there was one
more incident resulting in one death. Throughout 2017, there were two such deaths
in two incidents, and another two deaths in two incidents in 2016.
Attacks on Tribal
Elders in Pakistan: 2005-2019
Ranjan Mohanty Research Associate, Institute for Conflict Management
Headline: Defenseless Elders
Source: South Asia Intelligence Review