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June 2021 turns out to be 2nd deadliest month since Oct 2018: Report

ISLAMABAD   –   The month of June 2021 has turned out to be the 2nd deadliest month in Pakistan since October 2018 suggesting an upsurge in violence coincided with US-NATO withdrawal from Afghanistan, says a report.

This was the second consecutive month in which the number of reported militant attacks in the country crossed the number of 20. An upsurge in violence in Pakistan is coincided with US-NATO withdrawal from Afghanistan and escalation in violence in the neighbouring country. A slight decline in militant attacks was observed in the country during the month of June but the violence trend still remained high as 22 militant attacks were reported in Pakistan. After the highest number of militant attacks reported in May this year, 22 attacks in a single month was the second highest since October 2018. 

According to the statistics released by an Islamabad-based independent think tank ‘Pakistan Institute for Conflict and Security Studies’ (PICSS), 22 militant attacks were recorded in June 2021 in which 42 people were killed including 22 security forces personnel and 20 civilians while 56 were injured including 44 civilians and 12 security forces personnel. In May 2021, PICSS had recorded 24 militant attacks in which 41 people were killed and 65 others were injured. 

It is worth noticing that since October 2018, the highest number of casualties in a single month was recorded in May 2021 while June 2021 turned out to be the second deadliest month in which 42 people were killed in 22 militant attacks. According to the PICSS statistics, the highest number of militant attacks was reported from Balochistan province where eight militant attacks were carried out in which 16 people were killed including 11 security forces personnel and 5 civilians and 10 others were injured. It appeared that the militants fighting on the ethnic basis in Balochistan have stepped up their attacks as most of the attacks in the province were reported from ethnic Baloch areas, said the report. 

Tribal districts of KP (erstwhile FATA) witnessed seven militant attacks in which 16 people were killed including seven security forces personnel and nine civilians while 18 others were injured including eight security forces personnel and ten civilians. The rest of the KP and Sindh witnessed two militant attacks each in which three people were killed in KP and a similar number of people were killed in Punjab. Similarly, attacks carried out in Punjab caused one injury. Azad Jammu Kashmir (AJK), Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) and Punjab witnessed one militant attack each. Militant attacks carried out in Punjab caused three deaths and 24 others were injured. An attack occurred in ICT resulted in two deaths. Militant attack in AJK caused the death of one person and three injured. It seems that militants have extended their attacks in all provinces of the country.

In June, 22 security forces actions were reported in which 11 militants were killed while 25 suspected militants were apprehended. The highest number of security forces actions were reported from Punjab where 11 security forces actions were monitored in which 16 suspected militants were arrested including terror network behind a car bomb attack near the residence of Hafiz Muhammad Saeed. Four security forces actions were monitored in Sindh where 5 suspected militants were arrested. Three security forces actions were reported from Balochistan in which seven people were killed including six militants and one security forces personnel. In these operations, two suspected militants were also arrested. Erstwhile FATA and KP witnessed two security forces actions each in which one security forces personnel and two militants were killed while one suspected militant was arrested from former FATA. While in KP, three militants were killed and one suspected militant was arrested, said the report.

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