Terrorist attacks decreased by 27% in Pakistan in 2016

Islamabad: Terrorist attacks decreased by 27 per cent in Pakistan in 2016, as 734 terror incidents were recorded, compared to 1,010 in the year 2015.

Briefing the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on the Interior on Tuesday, the national coordinator of the National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA), Ihsan Gani, said data from a US country report showed deaths from terrorist attacks in Pakistan in 2016 were down by 12.14 per cent, with 955 people killed last year, compared to 1,087 who died in attacks in 2015.

He said because of success in the Karachi operation, targeted killings were down by 97 per cent, while the murder rate decreased by 87 per cent. Terrorism incidents were reduced by 98 per cent and robberies were down by 52 per cent while 33,378 weapons were recovered, he added.

Talking about the problem of militancy in Punjab, he said there was visible improvement in the law and order situation in the province.

The committee meeting was chaired by Rana Shamim Ahmad Khan.

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