Pakistan ranks 9th among the least peaceful countries in the world, while it is also on the list of countries where the security situation is rapidly deteriorating, according to a global peace index released by the Institute for Economics and Peace.
The rankings are based on the presence of militancy in Pakistan, and although the number of deaths in Pakistan has not increased in the last one year the ranking is owing to the number of high-profile incidents, such as the Army Public School terror attacks in Peshawar and the Jinnah International Airport attack.
The index has compiled a list of the most peaceful and least peaceful countries after examining internal conflicts, expenditure on arms and terror and violence activities. Iceland has been listed as the most peaceful country in the world.
The list of countries that are most peaceful. PHOTO COURTESY: VISION OF HUMANITY
According to the index which is based on 162 countries, 87 countries have become more peaceful since 2014 and 71 countries have become less peaceful since 2014.
According to the index Europe seems to be the most peaceful region with Iceland, Denmark and Austria procuring the top three spots in the most peaceful countries list.
The countries that are least peaceful according to the index. PHOTO COURTESY: VISION OF HUMANITY
According the report terrorism has grown unabated in the last 10 years, with the number of deaths having risen by 61 per cent in 2013, most of which occurred due to terror attacks. Eighty-two per cent of these deaths have occurred in only five countries namely: Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan,Nigeria and Syria.
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The Middle East, which has been under the grip of violence since the Iraq war on the other hand, was listed among the least peaceful regions in the world. The top three countries in the least peaceful list are Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.