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Anti- state violence in Pakistan drops below 2008 level: HRCP

ISLAMABAD: Anti- state violence in Pakistan dropped below 2008 levels, the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) said in its annual report launched here today.

The human rights body in its “State of Human Rights in 2015” said that in the year under review 706 militant attacks took place in the country, in which 1,325 people including 619 civilians, 348 security forces personnel, 325 militants and 33 pro-government volunteers were killed.

In country 4,612 people died through violence, a 40% decrease, as compared to 7,622 violence-related deaths in previous year, HRCP report said.

HRCP noted killing of 2,108 men and seven women in the year through police encounters across the country.

There were 18 suicide attacks in Pakistan, 31% less in comparison to the previous year. The human rights body noted 41 terrorist attacks in 2015 (56 in 2014) targeted political leaders and workers in 25 districts of the country, which claimed the lives of 57 people and injured 75 others.

Sindh saw a 42pc reduction in the number of murders in 2015 as compared to 2014, while Punjab reported 3,82,932 cases of crime in 2015, 6,622 less than 3,89,554 cases in the last year. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan witnessed 10 and one per cent surge respectively in total crime in 2015 as compared to 2014, according to the HRCP report.

According to the report, five doctors and three lawyers were killed because of their faith.

In year under review, 65 prisoners died in the country’s prisonss. The courts awarded 419 persons the death penalty during the year and 327 death penalty convicts were hanged, making Pakistan one of the highest executing states in the world, HRCP said.

HRCP data suggested that at least 151 cases of disappearances were reported in Balochistan between January and November 2015. In the commission of inquiry 1,390 cases of enforced disappearance remained pending in the year.

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