Pakistan witnesses 28% increase in terror attacks in 2022

Pakistan witnessed an increase in terror attacks across the country in 2022 by 28 per cent as compared with the year 2021. The year 2022 ended as the deadliest month for Pakistan while the country suffered as many as 376 terror attacks in the year that resulted in an increased number of casualties in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and Balochistan.

A report by the Center for Research and Security Studies (CRSS) claimed that the majority of the attacks were carried out by banned terror outfits such as Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Daish (Islamic State Khorasan) and Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA).

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province as a

whole had an exponential surge in violence, with a corresponding rise in fatalities. Government officials, law enforcement officers, and civilians made up the majority of the victims of violence. According to the study, there were several foreigners among the civilian population.

According to the Center, after November 28 there was an extraordinary uptick in terrorist assaults in KP and Balochistan, with over twenty strikes occurring in only the month of December.

According to the report, this increased the number of fatalities in the province (including ex-FATA) to roughly 64 per cent of all fatalities in the nation. Balochistan was next with 26 per cent of deaths

allegedly attributable to terrorism, Dailytimes reported.

During the last year alone, terrorists of Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Gul Bahadur group, the Islamic State-Khurasan, and several others have reportedly conducted at least 165 terrorist attacks in KP province which is a 48 per cent increase from 2020. Out of all these attacks, 115 of these were orchestrated by TTP, according to the Al Arabiya Post report.

According to a report shared at a recent meeting of Pakistan’s National Security Committee, the counterterrorism department (CTD) of KP is experiencing “capacity gaps,” spending less than 4% of

its budget on operations and having “zero allocation for procurement,” which is a serious problem for the country’s security establishment.  According to the report, KP experienced 704 terrorist incidents in the past year, compared to Punjab’s five.

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