Pakistan has overtaken Afghanistan as the country with most terror attacks in South Asia, according to the annual Global Terrorism Index report. The report has been released by Australia-based Institute for Economics and Peace.
Last year, Pakistan recorded the second largest surge in terror-related deaths worldwide, at 643. This number represented the largest year-on-year increase in the last decade.
As per the report, at least 55 per cent of terror-related victims were military personnel. It said that due to fatalities, Pakistan moved up four places to sixth position on the index.
It said 36 per cent of terror-related deaths in Pakistan were due to attacks by the Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA). The BLA has overtaken the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) to be the deadliest terror group in Pakistan.
The BLA claims that it is fighting for independence of Balochistan province in Pakistan. The province borders Iran and Afghanistan. Both the BLA and TTP have been designated as terror organisations by the United States and the UK.
The Global Terrorism Index said that terrorism centres tend to be mainly located along Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan. According to the report, 63 per cent of attacks and 74 per cent of deaths have taken place in the Afghanistan-Pakistan border region.
(With inputs from agencies)
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