According to the report of Global Terrorism Index (GTI) 2016, Pakistan recorded a drop in terrorist activities in year 2015. Compared to 2014, there were 45% fewer attacks and 38% fewer deaths in year 2015. The Global Terrorism Index report confirms the fact that terrorism within Pakistan has been on the decline primarily because of Operation Zarb e Azb, an antiterrorism op by Pakistan army. Since the year 2006, terrorism is now at its lowest in Pakistan according to an independent think-tank.
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The Global Terrorism Index is based on data from Global Terrorism Database collected by National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism. It is a department of the Homeland Security Centre of Excellence and is led by the University of Maryland. The Global Terrorism Index report, released on Thursday, confirmed that Pakistan had the lowest number of terrorism-caused deaths since year 2008.
The primary group behind a large number of attacks within Pakistan is Tehreek e Taliban Pakistan (TTP). The number of attacks from said group have reduced significantly however, the attacks that do take place are largely claimed by TTP. In 2015, the group was responsible for 36% of deaths amounting to 240 people. The year before, this number was significantly higher at 544, 59% of total deaths. The Global Terrorism Index said that a total of 76 countries improved their GTI scores while 53 countries saw declining scores. The global GTI score dropped by 6% compared to 2014. The year 2015 saw a 10% decline in terrorism-caused deaths, the first decline since 2010.
Pakistan’s war on terror has been largely successful since its beginning and the Pakistan army has vowed to annihilate terrorism completely within the country. According to the State Bank of Pakistan, country’s war on terror so far has cost $118 billion. While for a developing country, with several issues unresolved, this may seem like a huge sum of money, but more than likely is an unavoidable expense, necessary for a prosperous future.You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ for more updates. Otherwise fill in the subscription box above, or subscribe to our RSS Feed.