Islamabad, April 1, 2022.
The number of militant attacks doubled in the month of March as compared to the number of attacks in month of February, raising questions about the deteriorating security situation. The sudden surge in militant attacks in month of March proved that the decrease of militant attacks in February is just a statistical blip and security situation does not seem to be getting any better. As TTP has announced an offensive operation “Al-Badar” against security forces in month of Ramadan.
According to statistics released by an Islamabad-based independent think tank, Pakistan Institute for Conflict and Security Studies (PICSS) the number of militant attacks increased by two times during the month of March and concurrently the deaths and injuries rate also increased by four times and nine times as compared with February 2022. The main reason of increase in causalities and injuries is a suicide bomb attack in Peshawar Mosque.
In March, the militants had carried out 26 attacks in which 115 people were killed including 31 security forces personnel, 70 civilians and 14 militants, and 288 people got injured including 63 security forces personnel and 225 civilians. While militants had carried out 13 attacks across the country in the month of February 2022, in which 25 people were killed and 30 people got injured.
In March 2022, most of the attacks took place in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), followed by erstwhile FATA (tribal districts of KP) and Balochistan. PICSS has recorded nine militant attacks in KP in which 77 people were killed, including 11 security forces personnel, four militants, and 62 civilians, while 216 people were injured, including 27 security forces personnel and 189 civilians. In erstwhile FATA, militants carried out eight attacks in which 22 people were killed, including nine security forces personnel and nine militants, while 12 people got injured, of which eight were civilian and four were security forces personnel. In Balochistan six militant attacks were witnessed in which 11 security forces personnel, three civilians and one militant were killed while 60 people were injured, including 32 security forces personnel and 28 civilians. In Sindh three militant attacks took place in which one civilian got killed and no one was injured. In Punjab, no militant attack took place during the month.
Meanwhile, Pakistani security forces carried out 13 actions against militants in which 38 suspected militants were arrested and 29 militants were killed. The majority of arrests took place in the province of KP.