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November 2, 2014

Attacks by militants decline markedly in country

November 2, 2014

ISLAMABAD: Militant attacks in Pakistan declined except in Fata during the first four months of military operation Zarb-e-Azb, the Conflict Monitoring Centre, which now works as a statistical division of the newly launched think tank Pak Institute for Conflict and Security Studies, revealed in its monthly report that average militant attacks declined in all parts of the country after operation Zarb-e-Azb but the number has gone up in Fata due to desperate efforts of the militants to regain some territory.
Average militant attacks in the country were 29 prior to Zarb-e-Azb, which have now dropped to 23 attacks a month. The most significant decline in militant attacks after the start of Zarb-e-Azb was observed in KP followed by Balochistan.
In KP, the average dropped from 50 to 32 while in Balochistan the average dropped from 50 to 35. Sindh also observed a reduction in militant attacks after Zarb-e-Azb. Average militant attacks in Sindh were 24 before the operation which has dropped to 19 attacks a month after the start of Zarb-e-Azb. Average militant attacks in Punjab dropped from 4.5 to 1.75 attacks a month.
Average militant attacks a month in Fata prior to operation Zarb-e-Azb were 28 which are now 34 attacks a month. An alarming increase in militant attacks was observed in October 2014 when the CMC recorded 48 militant attacks. Almost the same number of militant attacks was observed in May 2014. Operation Zarb-e-Azb was started in June 2014. Despite the escalation in number of militant attacks in Fata, the number of deaths has decreased remarkably in Fata. Average number of deaths prior to Zarb-e-Azb in Fata was 66 which have now dropped to 44 a month which shows that the capacity of militants to inflict heavy human losses is also affected by the ongoing operations.
The major focus of militant attacks in Fata during October 2014 was Khyber Agency where 26 out of 48 militant attacks were recorded. Most of the deaths in Fata in militant attacks also

occurred in Khyber Agency. The Pakistani military has started operation Khyber after reports that TTP militants who were flushed out from NWA were trying to relocate in Tirah Valley and some other pockets of Khyber Agency.
A decline in militant attacks in mainland Pakistan is due to operation Zarb-e-Azb and nationwide intelligence based operations started simultaneously with operation Zarb-e-Azb. As many as 3,091 suspected militants and their sympathisers have been arrested since June 2014.
Statistics released by the Conflict Monitoring Centre in its monthly security report show that 440 people lost their lives in 204 violent incidents related to anti-state/anti-government insurgencies and counter operations by the security forces. Majority of the killed were militants as 327 of them lost their lives during security forces operations.
Out of 204 violent incidents, 113 were militant attacks while 91 were security forces actions against the militants. In 113 militant attacks 120 people were killed and 235 were injured. Among the dead include 72 civilians, 19 security forces’ personnel, 11 pro government armed Razakrars and 18 militants. Among injured include 148 civilians, 69 security forces’ personnel, 8 pro-government armed Razakrars, and 10 militants. Eight militants were arrested by security forces in retaliatory actions.

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