2017-01-04

Terrorism-related deaths down in Pakistan in 2016: report

Staff Report

ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan saw a steep decline in terrorism-related deaths last year compared to past years, the Centre for Research and Security Studies (CRSS) revealed in its annual report Tuesday (January 3), Geo News reported.

Although casualties rose in Punjab and Balochistan, the national tally dropped by 66% in two years to 4,324 last year, the CRSS said, adding that the majority of fatalities occurred in Balochistan.

Suicide attacks triggered a 10% rise in terrorism-related deaths in Punjab and Balochistan compared to one year ago, the report said.

Karachi was still the country's "most violent district" but saw less crime in 2016 than in 2015, according to the study. It credited the army's Operation Zarb-e-Azb (on-going in North Waziristan since June 2014) and Rangers operations in Karachi for curtailing terrorism in Pakistan.

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