September 1, 2023

PICSS August Security Assessment: Notable Findings

Pakistan witnessed a sharp rise in militant attacks in August, with 99 incidents reported across the country, the highest number in any single month since November 2014. The attacks resulted in 112 deaths and 87 injuries, mostly among security forces personnel and civilians. There was an 83-percent rise in militant attacks compared with July as 54 attacks were reported in July. The month of August also saw four suicide attacks, three in tribal districts of erstwhile FATA and one in mainland KP. The month of July had witnessed five suicide attacks, the highest in this year. Overall, the country has witnessed 22 suicide attacks in the first eight months of 2023, in which 227 people have been killed and 497 injured.

Balochistan and erstwhile FATA were the most affected regions. Balochistan witnessed a 65% increase in militant attacks, from 17 in July to 28 in August, while erstwhile FATA witnessed a 106% increase, from 18 in July to 37 in August. However, both regions also saw a decrease in fatalities, by 19% and 29% respectively.KP (excluding tribal districts) also saw a significant increase in militant attacks, from 15 in July to 29 in August, a 93% rise. The deaths and injuries also increased by 188% and 73% respectively. The province was mainly targeted by the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and its splinter groups, who claimed responsibility for several attacks.

The province of Sindh witnessed a slight increase in militant attacks, from three in July to five in August. The deaths also increased from one to four. The province of Punjab remained relatively peaceful, with no militant attack reported in August. 

Security forces responded to the militant threat, averting many attacks killing at least 24 militants, and arresting 69 others in various operations across the country. However, the response may be less than required.

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