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ISIS on rise in Pakistan: report

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

The Islamic State (IS) militant group poses a major threat to and is alarmingly increasing its presence in the country, according to a think- tank report.

has been denying that had an organised presence in the country, however, even though the terrorist group has claimed responsibility for several other attacks in in recent years.

The security report by Institute for Peace Studies (PIPS) yesterday stated that the IS, especially active in northern and Balochistan, was also behind the abduction and killing of two Chinese nationals last year, Dawn reported.

The PIPS shared the findings of its security analysis titled Special Report 2017, providing an insight into security challenges of Pakistan.

"Tehreek-e-Pakistan (TTP), Jamaatul Ahrar and others with similar objectives perpetrated 58 per cent attacks, while 37 per cent and 5 per cent of the attacks were carried out by nationalist insurgents and violent sectarian groups respectively," it said.

The report has also highlighted that Baloch nationalist- insurgent groups, especially Liberation Army and Liberation Front were only second to TTP as far as the their threat capability was concerned.

The report also noted the alarming increase in the footprint of ISIS, especially in and northern as it carried out the deadliest attacks in those provinces. It said that footprints of was increasing and it "killed 153 in 6 deadliest attacks".

It said "down 16 per cent from the year before, 370 terrorist attacks took place in Pakistan (in 2017), killing 815 and injuring 1,736 people."

It said that Balochistan and tribal region remained critical areas with 288 and 253 terrorism-related killings, respectively, in 2017.

The report said that security forces and law enforcement agencies killed 524 militants in military/security operations as well as armed clashes and encounters.

It also reported that Pakistan's National Security Policy is set to be released in 2018 and it will take into account especially global and regional scenarios, including the evolving Pakistan-US relations.

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First Published: Mon, January 08 2018. 15:55 IST