70% decline in terrorist attacks in Pakistan

Published: September 9, 2015
Over the past nine months, government statistics show, major terrorist attacks have declined 70% and Pakistanis are flocking back to shopping malls. PHOTO: EXPRESS/ FILE

Over the past nine months, government statistics show, major terrorist attacks have declined 70% and Pakistanis are flocking back to shopping malls. PHOTO: EXPRESS/ FILE

ISLAMABAD: After years of terrorist attacks, military coups and political upheaval, Pakistan for now has settled into a period of relative calm.

“Over the past nine months, government statistics show, major terrorist attacks have declined 70% and Pakistanis are flocking back to shopping malls, resorts and restaurants,” a report carried by Washington Post said on Tuesday.

“The relaxed and optimistic mood in Pakistan was benefiting Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif politically,” it said.

“Still, the arrangement is allowing PM Nawaz to do something that Pakistani leaders have struggled to accomplish for much of the past decade: implement a road map for what a peaceful, stable Pakistan could look like. And in the process, the prime minister is winning over sceptics despite his low-key leadership style,” the report maintained.

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According to the report, one year after he was nearly bounced from office, Premier Nawaz has hung on amid signs the country could be on the cusp of a surprising turnaround.

“People are feeling more secure. There are development projects, and the perspective of people is changing to say, ‘Okay, now we can see things are going well,” the US based newspaper quoted Zafar Mueen Nasir, dean of business studies at the Pakistan Institute of Development Economics as saying. “Of course, there will always be some criticism and always a second opinion, but as far as I am concerned, this government is at least showing some progress.”

The report referred to last year’s sit-in in the federal capital and said, “But as Islamabad slipped into an unusually chilly fall, Nawaz outlasted the protesters.”

“Now, Nawaz has turned his attention toward trying to rebuild a chronically sluggish economy while also delivering shiny new amenities for residents,” the report added.

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It further stated: “It’s a strategy that has become easier to implement this year, as a military campaign in Pakistan’s tribal belt and its largest city, Karachi, has been credited with reducing terrorist attacks and other crimes.”

The report quoting the South Asia Terrorism Portal, which monitors violence, said: “In the first eight months of this year, 680 civilians have been killed in terrorist attacks, compared with 1,194 in the same period last year and 2,246 in 2013.”

Published in The Express Tribune, September 9th, 2015.

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  • Neutral
    Sep 9, 2015 - 7:57AM

    Thank you Armed forces and General Raheel Especially. Recommend

  • kazim shah
    Sep 9, 2015 - 7:59AM

    The war on terror would be a lot ore effective and durable with infuse of the right form of prapoganda. People are God Loving innately. What they are misled into believing by evil people in the guise of Godly people is, that killing unsuspecting people and suicidal attacks are means to achieve Shahadat. Means must be adopted that the common man must intimately understand that dioxide in any form is utterly forbidden in Islam. It is the most henipus form of death. Killing of innocent people is a horrible sin. Recommend

  • PakPower
    Sep 9, 2015 - 8:16AM

    Good work, Pakistan Army and PML-N. Though I am a supporter of PTI, but the recent spate of viable achievements in national interest need to be appreciated by all. Recommend

  • Ahmad
    Sep 9, 2015 - 8:16AM

    Good stuff!Recommend

  • Pk_Paris
    Sep 9, 2015 - 8:17AM

    Great!!! But 680 is still a big number.
    Karachi is mostly clear now, next stop is Punjab. Hopefully that big number will be reduced to zero by next year!!!!Recommend

  • sabi
    Sep 9, 2015 - 9:09AM

    Great news for Pakistanis bad news for dharna walas and supporters.Nawaz Sharif you don’t care about what your haters say but for Pakistan which has trusted you and you have not disappointed them either.Roshan Pakistan is rising on the horizon.Recommend

  • Fatima
    Sep 9, 2015 - 9:34AM

    ‘South Asia Terrorism Portal’ is a govt of India supported institution. It is a partisan institution. Only the statistics from a truly independent body can be credible. Recommend

  • fact is fact
    Sep 9, 2015 - 9:48AM

    I think ET hasn’t even read the article published by Washington Post. It clearly states that: “Over the past nine months, government statistics show, major terrorist attacks have declined 70 percent ..”.

    Now if you remember few days back, pakistan newspapers published that govt has suggested 70% decline in terrorist activities. So summarising, Washington Post is publishing pak govt stats and ET is reporting that Washington is saying this. Its like a hoopla now. :)Recommend

  • NW
    Sep 9, 2015 - 10:10AM

    Credit solely goes to Raheel SharifRecommend

  • Khan
    Sep 9, 2015 - 10:15AM

    This is what happens when instituions work within their limits and synchrinize their efforts and support each other. Good job and keep it up.Recommend

  • N.S
    Sep 9, 2015 - 10:23AM

    In Karachi the terrorism incidents and target killings dropped from an average 8.5 daily to less than two. So the drop is in excess of 70% of national average. Close to a 4 times drop or 400% drop in target killings. Small crimes needed to be curbed also. Recommend

  • Nawaz
    Sep 9, 2015 - 10:23AM

    Sooner or later, when the dust settles, we will appreciate nawaz for what he has achieved and for turn around of our economy, for number of power projects he did under CPEC and otherwise. For making international media sit up and take notice of our rising economy. We will appreciate Nawaz for appointing Nisar who revolutionaliZed the civilian security agnecies so that they stood side by side with armed forces and pre-empted countless attacks. In long term Nawaz will be remembered in good words.Recommend

  • Faiz
    Sep 9, 2015 - 10:35AM

    @Fatima: If an Indian institute shows this decline, it means the decline is much higher than the figure of Indian run organization.Recommend

  • sabi
    Sep 9, 2015 - 10:43AM

    @fact is fact:
    Isn’t it the fact don’t you feel it yourself? it’s useless a debate to question the credibility of the source when facts are speaking loud and clear by itself. Recommend

  • Sohair
    Sep 9, 2015 - 10:46AM

    ZERO credit to PML-N or any other Politicians. The honest and dedicated COAS has played the role from the front, to bring back lost Pakistan. These politicians only mean business “corruption business” and never bothered to get the terrorism out of Pakistan. Recommend

  • Point
    Sep 9, 2015 - 10:50AM

    Everyday when I hear such news. I really feel bad for how tough it is getting for RAWRecommend

  • Naveed Alam Khattak
    Sep 9, 2015 - 11:17AM

    Salute to Pakistan Army. Most of the credit goes to Pakistan Army. We lost lot of sons to bring this peace but still there is a long way to go. Credit also goes to our political leadership for taking the matter seriously. Salute to all our martyrs. Recommend

  • Farooq
    Sep 9, 2015 - 11:20AM

    At least some good news after long time. 70% drop is good, but would love to see 100% decline one day. Also I hope army and govt are aware that cancer strikes back, same way there are sleeper cells, so these people can strike back. Even if entire operation is complete, few more years of strict security is needed to ensure there is no reboundRecommend

  • Rollin & Trollin
    Sep 9, 2015 - 11:21AM

    @Nawaz: If NS can top all that up by putting paid to the likes of AH and AZ, he will surely figure as one of the best leaders this country has had since Ayub Khan.Recommend

  • Abdullah
    Sep 9, 2015 - 12:12PM

    Kind of news we need to hear more…Recommend

  • Abacus
    Sep 9, 2015 - 12:15PM

    If only pakistan had not nurtured these groups in the first place, the entire region would have seen 0 terrorist attacks.Recommend

  • Hamad
    Sep 9, 2015 - 12:16PM

    Its just because of General Raheel. I don’t want to give a single credit to any political party.
    Hope General gets an extension for the next 10 Years, at the same time I want General to nab these looters aswell. Pakistan Zindabad!! Pak Fauj Paindabad!!Recommend

  • pervaiz
    Sep 9, 2015 - 12:44PM

    This is a good news after a long period. We should not be in debate for whom this credit, but be Pakistani we should be proud to have brave COAS along with his dedicated forces men and also a sensible political force who covered all this process political y. otherwise forces were also present under Pervaiz Musharraf but this cancer of terrorism was spread despite to bring this down.Recommend

  • Atif
    Sep 9, 2015 - 1:00PM

    The real credit goes to Pakistan Army and RangersRecommend

  • Fadi
    Sep 9, 2015 - 1:26PM

    Indeed ..!!

    There’s no doubt to the peace back in whole Pakistan is all from the sacrifices that our armed forces give. Ongoing successful operations in FATA and Waziristan totally breaks the back of the terrorist. I really astonished to know that our armed forces MA breaks this pretty organized network in just two years. But what the NATO’s doing in Afghanistan? I mean it’s been 11 years they didn’t do any thing and now moving back to their homes with such a shameful defeat.

    PakistanArmedForceZindabad #PakistanPaindabadRecommend

  • Muhammad
    Sep 9, 2015 - 2:07PM

    N League is busy in planting such stories to claim credit. No credit to N league. All this great result because of COAS and Armed Forces of Pakistan. And we are proud of our armed forces.Recommend

  • pervaiz
    Sep 9, 2015 - 3:39PM

    First you should accept whether comparatively better situation in Pakistan as per this article then you should give credit to anyone whom you like. But if you think that N-league managed to publish this article in Washington Post then what credit you are going to Award to Pak Army. Your comment shows your association with PTI.Recommend

  • Sep 9, 2015 - 6:23PM

    That is becuase of our Pak Army! Love You. Raheel Shareef we are proud of you. You are real gem and we always respect you. Love Pakistan and Love everyone! :)Recommend

  • Factnotfiction
    Sep 9, 2015 - 8:34PM

    This is what happened.

    Dharna and Marches = Pressure on NS = Army sat with NS and told him exactly what they wanted to do.

    NS had to accept.

    Thank the Army, not NS. Recommend

  • Hamood
    Sep 9, 2015 - 9:21PM

    Only one person deserves the credit. His name is Sharif, Raheel Sharif.Recommend

  • SNKN
    Sep 9, 2015 - 9:29PM

    Thank whoever you want!! I want to thank Allah for guiding us and protecting us from the evil Talibans and their misled philosophy which is against the tenets of Islam and humanity… I pray for a safe and secure Pakistan … I pray for peace… I pray for every single human being in Pakistan and for their well being… I pray that all of us are guided by Allah’s true path .. The path of peace, forgiveness and mercy… AmeenRecommend

    Sep 9, 2015 - 10:28PM

    Great news! We acknowledge the efforts of Pakistani security forces, and I am confident that day is not far when peace will prevail throughout the country.

    Ali Khan
    Digital Engagement Team, USCENTCOMRecommend

  • Solomon2
    Sep 9, 2015 - 10:55PM

    @Neutral: Yes, it’s Raheel. Zardari explained to U.S. leaders that the reason the Pakmil didn’t undertake an offensive under the previous (not worth remembering his name) commander was that the military felt they had to go home to their families at night and wouldn’t be safe: terror, he assured Americans, would only get worse as a result.

    However, once the military’s own school was hit its leaders realized that whether or not they went hunting for terrorists, the terrorists would go hunting for them. Lo and behold, terror attacks are down, not up as a result – just as the Americans always said would happen once the Pakistan military took action.Recommend

  • Sep 9, 2015 - 11:13PM

    This is not only good news for Pakistan, but also for the region as a whole. Pakistanis have suffered tremendously at the hands of various terrorists and sectarian groups. The Pakistani security forces have been going against them for the last year and their power has been much diminished. General Raheel Sharif has vouched to cleanse the whole of the country of all its enemies. The U.S. leadership appreciates the efforts taken by Pakistan to clear out all terrorist’s sanctuaries. We understand the sacrifices of the armed forces to defeat an elusive enemy. A safe and stable Pakistan is in everyone’s interest, and we wish them all success in their endeavors to defeat terrorism completely.

    Abdul Quddus
    DET – U.S. Central CommandRecommend

  • H Chaudhry
    Sep 9, 2015 - 11:57PM

    @Hamood No ONE person deserves anything! This one person lordship that we as a nation do has gotten us to the point where we are! It starts with Nawaz Sharif who picked the right person for the job, from there it is Raheel Sharif who actually is performing his job and not designing new DHA scheme, from there it goes to those officers who have seen their comrades fall and how Pakistan was made fun of after OBL found in abbottbad and now they are being professional as well trying to eliminate “strategic assets”. Enough of this one man credit crap! We are a society and learn to grow in it.Recommend

  • numbersnumbers
    Sep 9, 2015 - 11:57PM

    Perhaps you forgot that those World Famous FATA based “Safe Havens” for Pakistan’s beloved Good Taliban assets like the Haqqani Group and the Afghan Taliban openly operated untouched for more than a dozen years keeping the insurgency going in Afghanistan!Recommend

  • Iqbl
    Sep 10, 2015 - 2:19AM

    Why do US CENTCOM employees feel the need to mention their employer’s tag while commenting? Is it some way to gain credence? It looks cheap guys so give it a rest. Thanks.Recommend

  • Asok
    Sep 10, 2015 - 6:01AM

    Sincere congratulations!Recommend

  • Aneela
    Sep 10, 2015 - 10:35AM

    Respect #ReheelSharifRecommend

  • Bukhari
    Sep 10, 2015 - 12:02PM

    Army under Raheel Sharif did a wonderful work for peace in Karachi & FATA, South/North Waziristan. KPK police should also be appreciated for their efforts in KP province. KP was leading in terrorist/criminal activities before GE 2013.Recommend

  • Humza
    Sep 11, 2015 - 7:32AM

    @Bukhari: When will people grow up and give credit to the team. Raheel Sharif is doing a good job but so too is the elected government. Those who want to praise the army alone may have their own agenda but I hope that people can start thinking of the country as one unit. Nawaz Sharif has done a great job of turning the economy around and working with the military to eliminate terrorism. As in developed western nations, they don’t just praise one aspect of the leadership.Recommend

  • Abdul Saboor
    Dec 25, 2015 - 11:06PM

    THanx Gen Raheel Sir very very thanx anD Go nawaz GoRecommend

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