Pakistan

Peoples Under Threat Ranking:
#9
0

Communities at risk

Shi'a (incl. Hazara), Ahmadiyya, Hindus and other religious minorities, Baluchis, Mohhajirs, Pashtun, Sindhis

Summary

Pakistan continues to be plagued by conflict between the government and various armed Islamist groups, mainly in Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, with civilians often abused by state and non-state actors. Security personnel, ordinary civilians, journalists and even healthcare workers have been targeted by the Pakistani Taliban (TTP), ISIS and other armed groups who have… Read more »

Peoples Under Threat Data

2020 Data Peoples under Threat value
Self-determination conflicts5
Major armed conflict2
Prior genocide / politicide1
Flight of refugees and IDPs0.0014
Legacy of vengeance - group grievance9.1
Rise of factionalized elites9.0
Voice and Accountability-0.801
Political Stability-2.267
Rule of Law-0.673
OECD country risk classification7
TOTAL18.15

The overall measure for each country is based on a basket of 10 indicators. The number in each row is drawn from the source for that particular indicator. The sources of data and calculations used are detailed on the Notes to Table page. 

Background

Pakistan continues to be plagued by conflict between the government and various armed Islamist
groups, mainly in Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, with civilians often abused by
state and non-state actors. Security personnel, ordinary civilians, journalists and even healthcare
workers have been targeted by the Pakistani Taliban (TTP), ISIS and other armed groups who have
carried out shootings, suicide attacks and detonated improvised explosive devices. Pakistan-based Islamist militant group Jaish-e-Mohammed claimed responsibility for a major attack on Indian soldiers in February 2019, and exchange of fire over the disputed ‘Line of Control’ between Pakistan and India has since killed civilians. Fearing economic consequences, Pakistan has taken a lax approach to a COVID-19 lockdown, but if infections skyrocket, state institutions could be severely burdened. Extremists have also blamed the spread of COVID-19 on minorities, particularly the Hazara Shi’a and Ahmadi communities, who already face societal discrimination, hate crimes and periodic bombings.