Pakistan among least peaceful countries in South Asia: report
ISLAMABAD—Pakistan was the second least peaceful country in South Asia despite making modest improvements over the past year — a year that saw the world become increasingly violent with deaths from conflict at a 25-year high, a report published on Wednesday.
According to 2016 Global Peace Index (GPI), Pakistan’s global ranking improved modestly from 156 in 2015 to 153 in 2016 of 163 countries this year with a score of 3.145. However, the country remained sixth of seven countries in the region, just behind neighbouring war-torn Afghanistan.
Although the government’s crackdown on terrorist groups helped the security situation, the country remained hostage to organised conflict, with a rising number of casualties over the past year. The influence of the Afghan Taliban remained particularly strong, the report noted.
Pakistan was also among the five countries where terrorist attacks were most rampant. Syria, Iraq, Nigeria and Afghanistan were the only countries worse affected by militant attacks.
Interestingly, while deaths from internal conflicts in Pakistan were almost negligible in GPI’s 2008 report, around 6,000 casualties were reported in 2016 GPI.—Reuters