On September 6th, the Taliban struck again during Ramadan, killing 19 people, including four schoolchildren, nine fasting policemen and a fasting schoolteacher in an attack on a police station in Lakki Marwat.
Bomb blasts, suicide attacks, rocket attacks, kidnappings and assassinations of high-profile individuals are increasing, suggesting terrorists are regrouping in flood-hit Pakistan, according to government officials.
"Terrorists are the enemies of humanity. These terrorist acts are haram (forbidden)," said Mufti Munibur Rahman, a prominent religious scholar and chief of the Central Ruit-e-Hilal committee of the country. He asked for more concrete steps to stop terrorism and the slaying of innocent Muslims.
"Those who are targeting innocent people during the holy month of Ramadan can never be Muslims," Ameer Haider Hoti, Chief Minister of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, told journalists in Peshawar. "Such wild attacks on the police force and innocent schoolchildren can never deter us." He urged the public to unite in an effort to eliminate terrorism.
Since September 1st, when a Shia Muslim procession in Lahore was targeted, militants have carried out six suicide attacks and a number of bombings. Around 120 deaths and more than 200 injuries have resulted.
Since 2004, 99% of those killed or injured by terrorists have been Muslim.
"Those who are killing innocent people are defaming Islam. We should declare jihad against them," said Mian Iftikhar Hussain, spokesman for the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government. The government will not spare those who kill fasting Muslims in mosques, funeral places and other sacred areas, he added.
"Some elements in the garb of Muslims are playing into the hands of anti-Muslim powers," said Syed Sajjad Hussain, general secretary of the Shia Muslims' Imamia Jirga.
The Shia Muslim procession in Lahore that three suicide bombers attacked was marking the anniversary of the death of Imam Ali.
Two days later, a Shia Muslim procession in Meezan Chowk in Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan, was attacked. More than 65 people were killed and hundreds were wounded.
On that day, another suicide bomber targeted an Ahmadi worship place in Mardan. One person was killed in that failed effort, and three were injured.
Militants also have blown up a military jeep in Kalam and bombed four schools in Peshawar, Khyber Agency and Kalam so far in September.
During the last week of August, 25 people, including former MNA Maulana Noor Mohamamd Wazir, were killed and several others were wounded in Wana.
All these incidents occurred during Ramadan, traditionally a month Muslims have respected as a time to suspend warfare.
More blasts are feared and intelligence agencies have warned police to stay alert.
"Militants are regrouping in parts of the provincial and tribal areas and can pose a threat to peace. Strong action against their network in the surrounding and remote areas is needed," Iftikhar said.
Police have beefed up security in the face of threats to Peshawar, senior superintendent of police operations Peshawar Karim Khan said. "I don’t want to share what measures we have adopted, but I will say that adequate measures have been taken," he said.
Militants, according to media reports, threatened foreign aid workers toiling in flood-affected areas of Pakistan. Security for the foreigners has increased.
"The general public has great expectations of the force," newly appointed Inspector General of Police Fiaz Ahmad Toru said during his first high-level meeting. "The cops should not resort to normal policing but should do something extraordinary by adopting proactive policing."
Civilians are just trying to make it through the month.
"I just visited the trade centres in the cantonment once to buy everything I needed," said Peshawar resident Naeem Khan. "I haven't gone back to the crowded bazaars since the threats of more attacks."