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2018: Another Year of Decline in Anti-State Violence

Islamabad 2018 saw a remarkable reduction of 45 percent in themilitant attacks in Pakistan. A study conducted by an Islamabad-basedindependent think tank Pakistan Institute for Conflict and Security Studies(PICSS) revealed that the security situation has significantly improved during2018 as number of attacks, resultant deaths as well as number of injureddeclined by 45 percent, 37 percent…

PAKISTAN SECURITY ASSESMENT 2017

Pakistan, in last 2-3 years, has made a notable stride in fighting terrorism in the country manifested in the reduction of terrorist attacks and improvement in the security situation yet there is sufficient evidence to suggest that extremist tendencies and intolerance among masses are on the rise. The unfortunate lynching of Mashal Khan, a student…

2017 – Balochistan witnesses surge in militant attacks. Overall security saw marginal improvement but Suicide Bombings increase

Unlike previous two years, the year 2017 could not saw a significant reduction in anti-State violence. Instead, the year saw more suicide attacks than previous two years. An Independent think tank Pakistan Institute for Conflict and Security Studies which also works as a monitoring body of anti-State violence in Pakistan has released provisional statistics for…

In-House Session on Kashmir

PICSS organized an Interactive session with visiting Activists from Occupied Kashmir on Thursday, November 23, 2017, In which Sabzar Bashir Sheikh Advocate Occupied Jammu Kashmir High Court. Zahoor Ahmad Mir, Human Rights Activist from Occupied Kashmir shared the latest situation of Kashmir and public sentiment about freedom struggle. The session was moderated by MD picss Abdullah…

Implementing National Action Plan; An Assessment

Pakistan’s new counter-terrorism policy measure known as National Action Plan (NAP) has yielded mixed results. The NAP is another policy instrument utilized by Pakistani policy makers following the terrorist attack on Army public School in Peshawar on December 16, 2014. Now after two years of announcement of NAP, there exists uncertainty about the effective implementation…

Terror Financing in Pakistan

Terror funding of militant groups operating in Pakistan or from Pakistan is a serious concern for Pakistani authorities and international community. For Pakistani authorities, terror financing of groups operating against Pakistani state are of prime concern while for International community terror funding of groups operating from Pakistan against United States or India are of major…

Jamat-ul-Ahrar the most potent group fighting against Pakistan

On April 17, 2017, Director General of Inter Services Public Relations (DG ISPR) revealed in a press briefing that head of Jamat-ul-Ahrar’s media commission and former spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan has surrendered before Pakistan Army. Ehsan was previously spokesman of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan before Shahidullah Shahid (late) had replaced him. Surrender of Ehsanullah is apparently a big…

Round Table Discussion With Centro Studi Internatzionali Delegation

A roundtable discussion with visiting delegation of Centro Studi Internazionali (Ce.S.I), Italy, was held on 24 April 2017 at PICSS office in Islamabad. Ce.S.I delegation was led by Professor Andrea Magelletti, Chairperson Ce.S.I and included Mr Gabriele lacovino and Ms. Francesca Manenti. PICSS team was led by Major General (retd) Muhammad Saad Khattak and included…