Islamabad: Political violence in the fourth week of December 2228 affected 170 people in 48 incidents across the country, killing 108 and injuring 40 others while 22 Levi officials were kidnapped, reports Free & Fair Election Network FAFEN.
The dead include 48 militants, killed in Frontier Constabulary operations in Balochistan and military operation in Khyber Agency and Swat. On the whole, militant casualties were 44% of the total death toll while no militant was killed in the previous week.
Most of the incidents 27 were reported in Sindh, followed by nine in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, seven in Balochistan, three in Federally Administered Tribal Areas FATA and one each in Frontier Region of Peshawar FR Peshawar and Gilgit Baltistan GB. As in the third week, no incident of political violence was reported in Punjab.
Compared to the third week, the number of incidents went up by 17% and death toll surged from 75 to 108 in the current week. However the number of wounded went down from 166 to 40. In addition 22 Levi officials were kidnapped in FR Peshawar in the fourth week.
In Balochistan 51 people were killed and two injured. The dead included 37 militants who were killed by Frontier Constabulary in counter insurgency operations in Awaran. In Sindh 33 people were killed and 12 injured, a 41% increase in the number of dead and injured from the third week – 25 and seven.
In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 13 people were killed and 24 injured while in FR Peshawar, two killed and 22 were kidnapped. In FATA eight militants were killed in a military operation. Similarly two people injured in attack on NATO supply vehicle. A security man was killed in an attack on state security forces.
Incidents of terrorism claimed 11 lives and left 20 others injured and 22 were kidnapped. Forty eight militants and three security personnel were killed in incidents of counterterrorism.
In attacks on political party leaders and workers, eight were killed and 17 injured in a suicide attack in Peshawar outside a house where Awami National Party ANP leaders were meeting. In Charsadda an ANP local leader was shot dead while an ANP worker and three MQM workers were killed in Karachi.
All 16 dead and one injured in sectarian violence in the fourth week were reported in Karachi, witnessing a sharp increase from the four dead and three injured in the city in the third week. No incident of sectarian violence was reported from elsewhere across the country in the fourth week.
Eleven incidents of target killing in Karachi took lives of 11 people while one was injured. Ethnic violence claimed lives of five settlers in Bolan, Balochistan, while a Baloch was killed and another was injured in Karachi.
The major tactic of political violence was gun/firearm killing 91 people, injuring nine while 22 were kidnapped. A suicide attack killed eight people and injured 17 others. In jet bombing eight militants were killed. Seven people injured in improvised explosive device IED while one was killed in a landmine explosion.
Karachi was the most violent city reporting 33 deaths and 12 wounded in political violence in the fourth week, up from 25 dead and seven injured in the third week. Awaran in Balochistan was the second most violent district where 37 militants and three security forces personnel were killed in military operations.
Peshawar was third most violent city where a suicide bomber killed eight ANP workers including Senior Minister Bashir Ahmad Bilour and injured 17 others. In FR Peshawar in an attack, militants killed two Levi officials and kidnapped 22 others.