Militant Activities (Physical Assaults & Killings) In Pakistan Since 2001

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Selection of this type of attacks by the militants has its own dynamics since physical assaults are considered to be riskier and has the higher probability to be detected by the security forces en-route to the place of attack, retaliation by security forces during the attack, and chase by security forces after the attack. These type of attacks are normally carried out under severe desperation and militants are compelled to take higher risk. However, such type of attacks is also carried out when the State’s institutions are weak vis-à-vis militants and militants have a desire to demonstrate their strength to the security forces and/ or general public.

Pakistan witnessed highest number fatalities in Physical Militant Assaults followed by casualties in suicide attacks.