Terror attacks up by 73pc in Pakistan since Taliban takeover.

The number of terrorist attacks in Pakistan has posted a phenomeAnal increase of 73 percent during the first 21 months, since the TaliAban seized power in Afghanistan, as compared to the corresponding peAriod of time before their takeover.

Overall, incidents of terrorist vioAlence have significantly increased inAside Pakistan since August 15, 2021 when the Taliban took control of KaAbul. The number of people killed in the attacks in Pakistan from August 2021 to April 2023 (21 months) has also increased by 138 percent.

These are some of the key findAings of the policy-oriented report titled 'Pakistan's Afghan PerspecAtive and Policy Options', launched by Pakistan Institute for Peace StudAies (PIPS) here at a local hotel. The report, which comprises significant recommendations for the policyAmakers, is the final outcome of exAtensive monitoring, research and analyses, and eight expert consultaAtions the think tank has conducted since July 2021.

Experts on security and Afghan afAfairs, academics, lawmakers, jourAnalists, students, and representaAtives of civil society, among others, attended the launch event. A brainAstorming question answer session was held at the end of ceremony afAter experts delivered their speeches.

The report also says that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and Balochistan provinces have witnessed a marked impact of the Afghan situation in terms of terrorist violence, where the number of attacks during these 21 months surged by 92 percent and 81 percent, respectively. HowAever, the number of terrorist attacks in Punjab, Sindh and Islamabad CapAital Territory has posted a relative decline since the Taliban takeover...

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