Terrorism in Pakistan: 380 people died in 3 months, know how terrorism became a problem for Pakistan

Pakistan recorded 240 terror incidents and counter-terrorism operations resulting in 380 violence-related deaths and 220 injuries among civilians, security personnel and criminals. According to the report released by the Centre for Research and Security Studies, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan provinces were the epicentres of violence, accounting for nearly 92 per cent of the deaths and 87 per cent of the attacks (including terrorism and operational incidents) during the period. The report said violence and casualty rates across Pakistan saw a significant decrease in the second quarter and the country witnessed a 12 per cent reduction in overall violence, with 380 deaths recorded compared to 432 in the first quarter.

The most notable improvement was seen in Balochistan, where violence decreased by 46 per cent, with fatalities falling from 178 in the first quarter of this year to 96 in the second quarter. However, Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa saw a rise in violence, with an increase of 13 and 31 deaths, respectively, compared to the previous quarter. Civilians, government officials and security personnel accounted for 62 per cent of the total deaths, significantly higher than the 38 per cent fatality loss among bandits, the report said. Among the civilians killed, 24 workers were targeted in Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa due to their ethnic identity, in addition to four coal miners and two polio workers.

At least 11 people lost their lives due to communal violence. Police and army personnel were the frequent targets of terrorist attacks. Two DSPs were among the police officers who lost their lives while 31 policemen also fell victim to the violence. About 65 soldiers including an army captain lost their lives while former Brigadier Amir Hamza was also attacked by unknown assailants.

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