Pakistan Army held one of the most successful counter terrorism operations, reveals international report
LONDON: The United Kingdom Home Office has declared Pakistan as a country where the state of security has significantly improved in 2018 as compared to previous years.
The report has been based on the Home Office’s own assessment and the information gathered from media and various country reports.
The UK Home Office report on Pakistan’s situation praised the determination of security forces, especially Pakistan Army, saying that the report has stated that the military-led operations in Pakistan were successful in curbing the militant activity.
The report noted that although displacement continued in the tribal areas in 2017 and 2018, adding that over 83,000 IDP’s return to their areas in the first 9 months of 2018 because of improvements in the security situation.
According to the report, between 2014 and 2017, the total number of violence-related fatalities declined by over 73%, from 7,655 fatalities in 2014 to 2,057 in 2017 and the number of fatalities in the first 3 quarters of 2018 (930) compared to the same period in 2017 (1,585) decreased by 41%.
The report says that total 66 militant and affiliate supporter organizations were banned from 2001 to 2018.
These banned organizations include Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) Sipah-i-Muhammad Pakistan (SMP) Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) Laskar-e-T ayyiba (LeT) Sipah-i -Sahaba Pakistan (SSP) Tehrik-e-Jaffria Pakistan (TJP) Tehrik-e-Nifaz-e-Shariat-e-Mohammad (TNSM) Tehreek-e-lslami Al-Qa’ida Millat-e-lslamia Pakistan and dozens of other groups.
According to the report, the western provinces bordering Afghanistan, Balochistan and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas suffer from most of the militant and sectarian violence while Sindh and Punjab experiencing the least.
The report said that the “major source for a decline in violence in Pakistan has been the improving situation in Karachi”. Karachi’s security situation has improved dramatically since 2014.