Resumption of Attacks by TTP: September witnessed the Highest Terror Attacks in a Single month in 2022: PICSS Report
Islamabad:(Rana Tariq) With the resumption of attacks by TTP without announcing an end to the ceasefire has further aggravated the security situation as the highest number of terror incidents in a single month this year were recorded in September 2022. The number of terror attacks increased in September as compared to August 2022. The month witnessed 42 militant attacks (highest figures in 2022) with an increase of 35% as compared to August 2022. A visible increase of 106% in violence in erstwhile FATA and KPK was also observed in September. In the wake of cleanup operations by the security forces, 17 alleged militants were killed and 18 others were apprehended across the country.
According to the statistics released by an Islamabad-based independent think tank, Pakistan Institute for Conflict and Security Studies (PICSS) the number of militant attacks increased during September and the deaths increased by 8 per cent as compared to August 2022. In September, the militants carried out 42 attacks in which 40 people were killed including 24 security forces personnel, and 77 people got injured including 19 security forces personnel. Overall 60% of the deaths were from the security forces which shows that the forces are the prime target of the militants.
In August 2022, the militants carried out 31 attacks across the country, in which 37 people were killed and 55 people got injured.
Peace negotiations with the TTP remained in limbo during the month but due to fear of the target killing top leadership of the group including its head Mufti Noor Wali went into hiding. A series of target-killing incidents happened during August in which some senior TTP commanders were killed in Afghanistan.
In KPK, PICSS has recorded a 137% increase in militant attacks as compared to August 2022. In September, 19 militant attacks were reported in which 19 people were killed including 12 security forces personnel, while 21 other people sustained injuries. In response to an increase in terror attacks in previous months, security is beefed up in the province. Five militant attacks in KPK were claimed by TTP. In a security forces action, reported from KPK, three alleged militants were killed and one other was apprehended.
In Erstwhile FATA, PICSS has recorded a 75% increase in militant attacks compared to August 2022. In September, 14 militant attacks were reported in which 14 people were killed including 12 security forces personnel, while seven other people sustained injuries. Three militant attacks were claimed by TTP in the region. Four security forces actions were reported from erstwhile FATA in which eight militants were killed and nine others were apprehended.
In Balochistan, a 41% decrease in militant attacks was reported as compared to August 2022. The devastating flood could be a reason for the decline. In September, seven militant attacks were reported in which five people were killed while 47 others sustained injuries in the province. Out of seven militant attacks, one each was claimed by Balochistan Liberation Tigers (BLT) and BLA. In the Security forces’ operations, six alleged militants belonging to Islamic State (IS) and TTP were killed.
In Sindh, two terror attacks were reported in which two people were killed and two others sustained injuries. Seven security forces’ actions were also reported in which eight alleged militants were apprehended.
No incident related to terrorism was reported from Punjab, Islamabad, Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan.