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PICSS Report: Pakistan’s February Terrorism Data Unveiled

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The Pakistan Institute for Conflict and Security Studies (PICSS) recently released statistics shedding light on terrorism trends in Pakistan for February 2024. The report unveils intriguing patterns, highlighting shifts in violence across various regions of the country.

According to the PICSS report, Pakistan encountered 97 terrorist attacks in February, resulting in 87 fatalities and 118 injuries. While this marks a slight increase in attacks compared to January, the casualties have seen a marginal decrease.

A notable escalation in violence is observed in Balochistan, where militant attacks surged by 72 percent, particularly targeting election-related activities. The report identifies Baloch separatist groups like BLA, BLF, and BRAS as key perpetrators, signaling a concerning trend of violence aimed at disrupting the democratic process.

In contrast, former FATA and mainland KP witnessed a decline in violence, with a 54 percent drop in former FATA and a 23 percent reduction in mainland KP. This improvement in security contrasts starkly with the volatile situation in Balochistan.

Sindh and Punjab, on the other hand, experienced minimal militant activity, with only a handful of attacks reported and few casualties.

Conclusion:

The PICSS report provides crucial insights into the evolving landscape of terrorism in Pakistan, highlighting both areas of concern and regions showing signs of improvement. As security forces continue to grapple with extremist threats, the data serves as a valuable tool for policymakers and stakeholders in devising effective counterterrorism strategies to safeguard the nation’s stability and security.

Abu Bakr Alvi
Abu Bakr Alvi
Mr. Abu Bakr Alvi, Senior Journalist Based in Faisalabad

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