Over the decade, the Global Terrorism Index has been monitoring and closely keeping watch on the trends and patterns of various countries globally related to acts of terrorism as recorded since 1970. Since the beginning, the watchful eye of the GTI has assessed and carefully studied 17000 terrorism incidents. Unexpectedly, the 8th and most recent report released in 2020 revealed an improvement in Pakistan’s standings compared to other previously filed accounts and recorded incidents. The country slowly realizes its potential for peace. It is strongly and firmly taking steady steps towards being a peaceful nation as its position dropped from 5th to 7th in 2020, through Pakistan’s military organizing counter-terrorism operations and Law Enforcement Agencies under AEGIS of 2015 National Action Plan.
From a historical standpoint, since the beginning, Pakistan recorded the least terrorism incident accounts last year. The fact that the minuscule death incidents recorded were due to minimalized small scale attacks unworthy of being termed as acts of terrorism as opposed to the country’s history; was a crystal display of an astonishing 90% decrease; not only can this be viewed as an accomplishment but being the fact that the country borders a state like Afghanistan, it’s a giant leap towards a peaceful and prosperous direction.
The launch of operations enduring freedom in Afghanistan oversaw and propelled Pakistan to serve as a non-NATO, frontline ally of Washington against terrorism. Despite existing odds of a spillover effect ensuing a fleeting escape from Afghanistan to Pakistan by terrorists to seek refuge and hide, Pakistan opted to side with the American forces. After a historical record of 20 years and up to 60000 deaths, Pakistan seems to finally have the situation under their grasp and appear to be in control by eradicating many terror cells countrywide. Pakistan’s military forces decimated terrorist networks from their local roots and efficiently disrupted their monopolies; they further intensified their acts to set up a fenced borderline proving itself useful.
Like other Asian countries, the GTI report attested that the government had been almost sucked dry by religious fundamentalists leading to loss of lives over unnecessary causes by extremists from within and outside Pakistan. Since the 2015s National Action Plan’s launch, it has overseen and ensured a more peaceful state prevailed through monitory and dealing with terrorism stimulated by religious manipulation, including those spearheading such activities down to its last man. The fruitful efforts of Pakistan’s military in conjunction with the National Action Plan dealt a severe blow and took on around 37 terrorist networks operating in Pakistan in 2015; by the end of 2019, only ten out of the lot still existed. An initiated counter-terrorism operation launched by Pakistan’s government also struck at the remote areas of Waziristan and FATA, which were initially secluded, and the report applauded this.
A commission for the implementation of national narrative and development of structures against violent extremist and radicalization’ was formed without resistance as it proved to be critical against terrorism. Pakistan’s intelligence service also uncovered Islamabad’s suspicions against India and its intentions. Islamabad was ranked 7th despite having 279 incidents connected to Pakistan. At the same time, New Delhi landed 8th place despite 558 incidences in India; this instead seems questionable as it maintained its position despite having a double-figure to that of Pakistan.