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WASHINGTON: There has been a marked reduction in terrorist attacks and deaths in Pakistan in 2015, but terrorists seem to have become more lethal as the ratio of deaths per attack has increased.

The statistics from a comparative study of the US State Department’s country reports on terrorism for 2014 and 2015 also show a greater decrease in the number of people injured in these attacks.

The comparative study, released recently, coincided with a debate in the National Assembly in Islamabad this week on the law and order situation in the country. The Interior Ministry shared the State Department’s statistics with parliament to prove that the ongoing operations against terrorists had helped improve the situation greatly.

According to the US State Department, there were a total of 1,009 terrorist attacks in Pakistan in 2015, compared to 1,823 in 2014, which is a 45 per cent decrease. The total deaths in the attacks — 1,081 in 2015 compared to 1,761 in 2014 — went down by 39pc.

But in Afghanistan, the number of total attacks in 2015 increased by 127pc between February (88 attacks) and May (200).

However, this trend is obscured in the global statistics due to considerable decreases in the number of terrorist attacks in Iraq, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Egypt and Nigeria during the first six months of the year.

The statistics for Pakistan, however, also indicated that the terrorists became more lethal in 2015 compared to the previous year. In 2015, there were 1.10 deaths per attack, compared to 0.99 in 2014.

The total number of people injured in terrorist attacks dropped by 53pc, from 2,836 in 2014 to 1,325 in 2015. Injuries per attack also decreased from 1.61 in 2014 to 1.36 in 2015.

The most noticeable improvement was in kidnapping and hostage-taking cases, which decreased to 269 in 2015 from 879 in 2014.

The US study also showed several significant global trends.

The total number of terrorist attacks in 2015 decreased by 13pc around the globe and total deaths due to terrorist attacks decreased by 14pc, compared to 2014.

“This was largely due to fewer attacks and deaths in Pakistan, Iraq and Nigeria. This represents the first decline in total terrorist attacks and deaths worldwide since 2012,” the State Department noted.

In several countries, including Afgh­anistan, Bangladesh, Egypt, the Philip­pines, Syria and Turkey, terrorist attacks and total deaths increased in 2015.

Although terrorist attacks took place in 92 countries in 2015, more than 55pc of all attacks took place in five countries: Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Nigeria. And 74pc of all deaths due to terrorist attacks took place in five countries: Iraq, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Syria and Pakistan.

While the militant Islamic State (IS) group was responsible for 31pc fewer terrorist attacks in Iraq, the number of attacks carried out by IS in Syria increased by 39pc.

The geographic reach of attacks by IS and its affiliates expanded as several existing terrorist groups pledged allegiance to IS.

In addition to Boko Haram in West Africa, the most active of these IS branches were located in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Egypt, Libya and Yemen.

The number of attacks in which victims were kidnapped or taken hostage declined in 2015; however, the number of kidnap victims and hostages increased. This was primarily due to an increase in the number of attacks involving exceptionally large numbers of victims.

In 2015, a total of 11,774 terrorist attacks occurred worldwide, resulting in more than 28,300 total deaths and more than 35,300 people injured.

In addition, more than 12,100 people were kidnapped or taken hostage.

Published in Dawn, September 5th, 2016


Comments (28) Closed



Javed Sarfraz Sep 05, 2016 08:33am

Thank God the terrorists and their pay masters have been defeated.

Azmeen Sep 05, 2016 08:48am

Reduction in terrorists attacks in Pak is so obvious that we don't need to get support of overseas report though such reports help improve country's image overseas.

Ahmed USA Sep 05, 2016 08:53am

No rocket science... Result of 3 plus years of PM Nawaz Sharif's and COAS Raheel Sharif's combined tireless efforts to eliminate terrorism and lawlessness from the country...

Brahmdagh Sep 05, 2016 08:53am

That's because they are hitting softer targets now

Surya Kant Sep 05, 2016 08:54am

Elimination of terrorists is showing results in form of lesser causalities from terrorists attack. If same is continued for all types of terrorists, it will open doors of prosperity, peace and global respect for Pakistan.

Maverik Sep 05, 2016 08:57am

Alhamdolillah. There is absolutely no doubt about the improving security situation. Contrary to our neighbors and our so called "analysts", statistics speak for themselves. But bear in mind, this war in NOT over yet.

Nauman Mohd Sep 05, 2016 09:10am

So it is time to get back to serious work now - building a tattered nation.

austin luke furtado Sep 05, 2016 09:16am

There is an attack almost everyday in Pakistan.....That's a fact.....

abood Sep 05, 2016 09:21am

Good work done by PMLN for supporting army fully not like the PPP.this will take time.hope so in another 5 to 10 years this all is finished.border managemnt at afghanistan border will help us alot.

Common sense Sep 05, 2016 09:26am

But the point is if this success will sustain, if not focussed on education, radicalism then as soon as situation becomes favourable to them they will agaim grow.

Fahad Hussain Sep 05, 2016 10:05am

We shall fight this mess and wipe it completely out in next few years.

Himmat Sep 05, 2016 10:12am

Attention is being paid to quality, rather than quantity !

Love Everyone. Sep 05, 2016 10:18am

The only way to fight terrorism is to spread love amongst all human beings. Stop hating others. Love everyone.

Shakeel Sep 05, 2016 10:58am

Country is moving in right direction...

naqeeb Sep 05, 2016 11:14am

Direct correlation with the decrease in NATO forces in Afghanistan!!

Farrukh Sep 05, 2016 11:19am

Change comes slowly but permanently. A lesson for opposition parties in Pakistan to work with the Govt. not against it!

Sympathiser Sep 05, 2016 11:39am

@Love Everyone. # yes you are absolutely right...

Imran Warraich Sep 05, 2016 11:42am

We have to play our part in reducing these numbers further. Society need to be more conscious on this aspect in their interactions on daily basis as people committing such crimes are living within us. A proper reporting mechanism with faster response from law enforcing agencies can eliminate this problem further.

To address root causes, we have to work together on increasing awareness/education and creating better economic environment.

Vap Sep 05, 2016 12:28pm

The only way to reduce the attacks further is to integrate police and army in a way that both work for the same goal. Police reforms are much needed like never before.

RAVEE Sep 05, 2016 12:35pm

Pakistan will attain global respect.

sajjad akbar Sep 05, 2016 01:03pm

Well done! Pak Army Zindabad!

I am sure there will be many comments saying the same thing.

Those who ever think of writing this comment must read Ammar Masood's article 'Alhamdo Lillah, Sirf Churanway Bachay...' published in Jang last week.

These stats will not bring any comfort to those who lost their loved ones. Not even a single person should die like that. A death of a single person is the complete failure of the Government.

Arifing Sep 05, 2016 01:04pm

@RAVEE when?

SAEED MASOOD Sep 05, 2016 01:43pm

Hopefuly the terrorist and the terrorism will be completely rooted and finished once for all...Inshahallah.

Fawad A Khan Sep 05, 2016 02:03pm

Out of 1009 attacks in 2015 what was the percentage in each province. That will be interesting.

Mohajir Sep 05, 2016 02:21pm

So Pakistan needs statistics report from US to understand what's really is going on in Pakistan ?. Come on.

saz Sep 05, 2016 07:06pm

US should stop sponsoring terrorist groups world wide.

saj Sep 05, 2016 07:44pm

@Mohajir Pakistan knows whats going on. What others do with regards to stats is their problem.

Yawar Sep 06, 2016 04:38pm

What about in 2016?