Pakistan witnesses 45% drop in violence-related fatalities in 2018 – CRSS Annual Security Report

(December 31, 2018): Pakistan saw an overall decline in the number of casualties from violence-related incidents in 2018[1], continuing a trend from 2015, reports Islamabad-based Center for Research and Security Studies (CRSS). The Balochistan province witnessed the highest number of fatalities standing at 407, followed by the former-FATA region (208) and the Sindh province (192). Of the total 2,333 casualties in 2018, 1,131 were fatalities – down 45% from 2047 in 2017 (see table and graph below). The biggest decline was observed in the Punjab province, where fatalities dropped by nearly 69% (from 469 in 2017 to 146), followed by Sindh (57.8%), and former-FATA (52.3%).

During all months of 2018 (except in July), the number of fatalities was significantly lower in comparison with the previous year. All forms of violence and counter-violence activities witnessed a significant decline in 2018. The drop in fatalities from suicide attacks was marginal during this year and it remained the biggest source of casualties in the country.

Civilians accounted for 53% of the total fatalities this year compared to 47% in 2017. Government and security officials saw a marginal decline in number, albeit an overall increase in the percentage of casualties. The largest drop in both numbers and percentage was for militants, criminals and insurgents (see Table 5 above).

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[1] Please note that this data accounts for casualties until December 30, 2018, and therefore does not account for any incidents/casualties taking place on December 31, 2018.

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