95% Of Sectarian Violence Worldwide Focused On Shias Only, Reveals Report

KARACHI — Ninety five per cent of sectarian violence all over the world in 2017 was focused on the Shia community, according to a report released by Global Ex­tremism Monitor.

The report was published by Tony Blair Institute for Global Change on Thursday and called on the world to fully engage in a battle of ideas with the extrem­ists on an emergency basis to halt the spread of violence.

According to the study, Pak­istan was on a list of countries most affected by violent reli­gious extremism despite lying outside the major conflict zones.

Over 1,489 people were killed by groups that claimed to fight in the name of religion all over the country in 2017, the report revealed. This figure included as many as 247 civilians who were killed in sectarian terrorist at­tacks in Pakistan in 2017.

Other key findings highlight­ed in the research underlined that religious extremist groups were fast transforming into transna­tional actors, which carried out sustained campaigns against the civilian population and weak­ened state governments.

Global Extremism Moni­tor observed that sectarianism was the founding ideology of the deadliest and most active ter­ror groups. In addition to these warnings, the authors of the re­port noted that extremist groups used executions and suicide bombings as a terror tactic and exploited religious doctrines on the nature of war in this regard.

Another important issue mentioned in the document referred to the increasing par­ticipation of women in terror­ist attacks globally and the ter­rible continuation of violence in Syria. According to figures released by the international group, more than half of civilian casualties from global terrorism in 2017 were recorded in Syria.

The Monitor also gave a de­tailed picture of terrorist inci­dents in 10 of the most violent countries in the world, includ­ing Pakistan.

Non-Sunni population under attack in Pakistan

Over 1,489 people were killed in 2017 by groups which claimed to fight in the name of religion in Pakistan, according to Tony Blair Institute for Global Change.

The comprehensive study outlined that terrorists in the country seemed to be working on a two point-agenda, with some extremists seeking to un­dermine the Pakistani state, while others targeted Shia com­munity and minority groups.

The research detailed that at least 12 terror groups were active in the country over the course of 2017, and seven of them launched terror attacks.

The Tehreek-e-Taliban Paki­stan (TTP) was the deadliest, and managed to kill 173 people in the year. TTP hit civilians, government figures, media per­sonalities and security forces in a systematic campaign to under­mine the state of Pakistan.

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