Pakistan records four times raise in suicide attacks in 2022

Pakistan had the highest number of terrorist strikes in the last five years in 2022 as a result of a 28% increase in terror incidences from 2021, according to The

Nation. In Pakistan, suicide assaults increased by four times in 2022 compared to 2021. At least 15 suicide bombings occurred in Pakistan, compared to just four documented suicide assaults in 2021. According to data supplied by the Islamabad-based security think tank Pakistan Institute for Conflict and Security Studies, this year saw the most suicide strikes since 2018. (PICSS).

According to the data, there has been a 37 per cent increase in deaths while 35 per cent rise was witnessed in the number of injured in 2022. As per The Nation report, Pakistan witnessed at least 376 terror attacks in 2022, in which 533 people were killed and 832 were injured.

Pakistan has faced more than 300 terrorist attacks for the first time since 2017. In 2017, Pakistan reported 420 terrorist attacks which claimed lives of 912 people and 1877 were injured. In 2022, the human losses from terror attacks in 2022 were the highest since 2018 as deaths exceeded 500.

The provincial breakdown of terror incidents shows an increase in anti-state violence reported from mainland Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, where terrorist attacks rose by 119 per cent and deaths increased by 229 per cent while injured rose by 433 per cent, according to The Nation.

Furthermore, 34 per cent of the total terror incidents in 2022 were reported from

mainland Khyber Pakhtunkhwa while 30 per cent of the total terror attacks were witnessed from its tribal districts (former FATA), which implies that 64 per cent of the total terror incidents were seen in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 127 terrorist attacks were reported in 2022 which claimed lives of 204 people and 309 others were injured. According to Pakistan Institute for Conflict and Security Studies, 113 terror attacks were reported in erstwhile Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) which claimed the lives of 173 people and 138 others were injured, according to The Nation.

27 per cent of the total attacks were

reported in Balochistan. Balochistan witnessed 103 attacks in which 123 people were killed and 303 others were injured. Sindh witnessed 25 terror incidents, claiming lives of 22 people while 40 others were injured, as per the news report. In Punjab, at least three terrorist attacks caused five deaths and 33 others were injured. Three low-profile attacks were witnessed in Gilgit-Baltistan, where no casualty was reported.

In Pakistan, there have been more terrorist strikes since 2020. The Tehreek-e-Taliban (TTPmany )’s factions came together in the same year. After the Taliban seized control of Afghanistan in August 2021, the bloodshed in Pakistan increased even further. 

The Nation reports that there was a 56% spike in terror strikes in Pakistan in 2021 and a further 28% increase in 2022. In 2020, there were 16 terror attacks on average per month. In 2021, there were 25, and in 2022, there were 31 incidents on average per month.

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