Pakistan saw a 31% decline in terror attacks during 2019, report states

Gilgit Baltistan showed the most improvement according to the report as it moved from seven fatalities in 2018 to zero in 2019. 

According to data compiled and released by the Center for Research and Security Studies (CRSS), Pakistan witnessed a 31% decline in terror and counter-terror attacks in 2019. The CRSS annual report stated that during the past year, a 30.71% decline in terror incidents was observed. The figures dropped from 980 to 2018 to 679 in 2019.

Statistics reveal that during the last year, the province of Balochistan remained most affected by militancy and insurgency as it witnessed 226 fatalities in the last year. However, it witnessed a significant decline of 44.2 percent as the number of incidents in 2018 was 405.

Following Balochistan, the second-largest drop in fatalities was reported in NMTDs (newly merged tribal districts) as terror incidents decreased from 192 in 2018 to 117 in 2018, showing an improvement of 39%.

Sindh also saw a drop of 19%. In 2018, the figures stood at 121, which declined to 98 in 2019. Meanwhile, in Punjab, the number of incidents dropped from 93 in 2018 to 82 in 2019. KP witnessed a  5.13 percent decline in fatalities, dropping from 156 in 2018 to 148 in 2019.

Islamabad witnessed an increase in fatalities:

Surprisingly, Islamabad witnessed an increase in terror incidents in 2019. In 2018, the number of incidents reported was six, which increased to seven in 2019. Gilgit Baltistan showed the most improvement according to the report as it moved from seven fatalities in 2018 to zero in 2019.

370 terror attacks were reported during 2019 in Pakistan, claiming the lives of 518 people. It witnessed a 30 percent drop, as 739 people died because of nearly 400 terror attacks in 2018.

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