In the ongoing battle against terrorism, Pakistan has witnessed a significant loss of 386 lives in the first nine months of 2023, marking an eight-year high. Among the casualties, 137 were from the army, and 208 were police personnel, according to a report by The News.
The Centre for Research and Security Studies (CRSS) report for Q3 2023 revealed that out of the total 1,087 fatalities related to violence this year, 368 (34%) were militants, while civilians accounted for 333 (31%) of the casualties.
The report raised alarm about the escalating violence in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and Balochistan, which have consistently experienced a concerning rise in violent incidents over the past five years. These two provinces collectively witnessed 72% of all fatalities in 2019, and this unsettling figure surged to a staggering 92% in the first nine months of 2023.