Six-Year Record High in Violence-Related Deaths

Web DeskJanuary 1, 2024
Six-Year Record High in Violence-Related Deaths

The year 2023 in Pakistan bore witness to a surge in violence-related incidents, marking a grim escalation in conflict and turmoil across the nation, as revealed in the annual security report by the Centre for Research and Security Studies (CRSS). Here’s a breakdown of the key findings:

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National Overview:

  • Violence-Related Fatalities: 1,524
  • Injuries from Attacks: 1,463
  • Terror Attacks & Counter-Terror Operations: 789 incidents

Regional Impact:

  • Epicenters of Violence: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan
    • Fatalities: Over 90% of all deaths
    • Attacks: Accounted for 84% of recorded incidents
  • Relatively Peaceful Regions: Punjab and Sindh
    • Together witnessed only 8% of total fatalities

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Surge in Violence:

  • Alarming Escalation: 56% surge in violence compared to the previous year
  • Fatalities: Balochistan and KP witnessed a 57% and 55% increase respectively
  • Sectarian Violence: Resulted in the tragic loss of 203 lives, 88 of whom were security officials

Militant Attacks Surge:

  • Unprecedented Rise: Militant attacks surged by 69%
  • Total Attacks: 641 incidents
  • Resultant Deaths: 974 fatalities recorded
  • Injuries: 1,351 individuals wounded

Regional Impact of Militant Attacks:

  • Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP):
    • Fatalities: 620, including 306 security forces personnel
    • Injuries: 977
  • Balochistan:
    • Fatalities: 285, involving 114 security forces personnel
    • Injuries: 388
  • Sindh:
    • Incidents: 35 militant attacks
    • Fatalities: 39 individuals
    • Injuries: 35

Rise in Militant Activities Across Regions:

  • Mainland KP: 84% increase in militant attacks
  • FATA (now merged districts): 59% rise in militant attacks
  • Balochistan: 65% surge in militant attacks
  • Sindh: 40% increase in militant attacks
  • Punjab: Witnessed an unprecedented rise in militant activities

Other Regions:

  • Azad Kashmir, Islamabad, Gilgit-Baltistan: Each experienced one militant attack during 2023

The surge in violence and militant activities depicted a concerning trend, marked by an unprecedented escalation in conflict across various regions of Pakistan, emphasizing the pressing need for heightened security measures and interventions to address the escalating crisis.

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