Once in the news routinely for the wrong reasons, Pakistan is now a much safer place than it used to be.
The South Asian nation has seen a reduction in terror attacks in its homeland by 86% since 2013, and between 2019 and 2020 alone there was a 45% drop.
Promising statistics continue for one of the few countries have met the UN Sustainable Development Goal for protected terrestrial and marine ecosystems, as law enforcement prevented more than 50% of all terrorist threats last year, and suicide bombings have become virtually non-existent since 2009, falling 97%.
The spokesman for the Pakistani armed forces, Major General Babar Iftikhar, highlighted the border security throughout Afghanistan and the significant improvements in the security infrastructure in Karachi.
In fact, terrorist incidents, including targeted killings and kidnappings in Pakistan’s largest city, Karachi, had dropped by more than 98%. This has led to a staggering improvement in the city’s ranking in the Global crime index: from sixth highest in 2014, to 108th place, right next to Spokane, Washington.
The crime index is a highly selected scoring system based on resident or visitor submissions, which has benefits over government data in some way.
Good news on the Afghan border
Bordering two frequently dangerous Afghan provinces, Helmand and Kandahar, Balochistan province was a haunt for militants before the Pakistani military took steps to clean up infrastructure and terrorist organizations in the southwest.
“The challenges we overcome now have paved the way for great opportunities,” Major General Iftikhar said, according to Gulf News. “At least 199 development projects by value [$3.75 billion] they have been launched in Baluchistan covering the sectors of health, education, agriculture and infrastructure ”.
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