95% of sectarian violence across the World is against this Muslim sect: Global Extremism Monitor

95% of sectarian violence across the World is against this Muslim sect: Global Extremism Monitor
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- Global Extremism Monitor has made new revelations regarding the ongoing sectarian violence in the World.

Ninety five per cent of sectarian violence all over the world in 2017 was focused on the Shia community, according to a report released by Global Extremism Monitor.

The report was published by Tony Blair Institute for Global Change on Thursday and called on the world to fully engage in a battle of ideas with the extremists to halt the spread of violence.

According to the study, Pakistan was on a list of countries most affected by violent religious extremism despite lying outside the major conflict zones.

Over 1,489 people were killed by groups that claimed to fight in the name of religion all over the country in 2017, the report reveals. This figure includes as many as 247 civilians who were killed in sectarian terrorist attacks in Pakistan in 2017.

Other key findings highlighted in the report underlined that religious extremist groups were fast transforming into transnational actors, which carried out sustained campaigns against the civilian population and weakened state governments. [image: Flourish logo]A Flourish data visualisation link

Global Extremism Monitor also underlined that sectarianism was the founding ideology of the deadliest and most active terror groups. In addition to these warnings, the report noted that extremist groups used executions and suicide bombings as a terror tactic and exploited religious doctrines on the nature of war in this regard.

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