Pakistan Sees Surge in Terror Attacks: 90 Killed and 135 Injured in January 2024

Pakistan Witnesses Surge in Terror Attacks, 90 Killed and 135 Injured in January 2024

Islamabad, Pakistan – Pakistan has experienced a distressing surge in terror attacks, with a shocking 93 militant attacks taking place in January this year, resulting in the deaths of 90 people and leaving 135 injured, as reported by The News International.

The Pakistan Institute for Conflict and Security Studies (PICSS), an Islamabad-based think tank, has released the data, revealing a disturbing increase of 102% in militant activities compared to the previous month of 2023. This surge comes as Pakistan prepares for the upcoming general elections.

Despite the rise in attacks, the impact on human casualties has been somewhat mitigated, with a 15% increase in deaths and a 19% rise in injuries reported. Among the victims, 41 were civilians, 37 were security forces personnel, and 12 were militants. The injured comprised 81 civilians and 54 security forces personnel.

Balochistan, a province in Pakistan, suffered the most from these attacks, with 33 reported incidents leading to 31 deaths and 50 injuries. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa experienced 30 attacks, resulting in 17 fatalities and 21 injuries. Former Fata, the newly merged districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, witnessed 24 attacks, claiming the lives of 36 individuals and leaving 57 injured. Meanwhile, Sindh faced four militant attacks, causing five deaths and six injuries. Punjab and Islamabad each reported a solitary attack with no significant casualties.

As the general elections approach, attacks against election-related activities, including the targeting of candidates, have also surged. According to PICSS, 21 such attacks occurred in January, resulting in 10 deaths and 25 injuries. Tragically, two candidates lost their lives, including Rehan Zeb Khan, a prominent youth leader, and an independent candidate from Mir Ali in North Waziristan. However, several candidates narrowly escaped harm in these attacks.

In response to these threats, Pakistan’s security forces have successfully prevented numerous attacks, eliminating at least 32 suspected militants and apprehending nine others. Although the report does not provide exact statistics on the number of foiled attacks, it highlights the proactive efforts of the security forces.

The surge in terror attacks poses a significant challenge for Pakistan as it seeks to ensure the safety and security of its citizens during the upcoming general elections. Authorities are expected to intensify their efforts to counter these threats and protect the democratic process.

Source: The News International.

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