Pak­istan among least peace­ful coun­tries in South Asia: re­port

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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

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