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

Insecurity continues unabated in Pakistan, where religious minorities, politicians and security forces continue to be targeted by Islamist militants. The Pakistani Taliban and ISIS affiliates failed to derail parliamentary elections in July but killed hundreds of civilians, including 149 in Mastung, Baluchistan – the country’s second deadliest attack by extremists to date. In response, security… Read more »

Peoples Under Threat Data

2019 Data Peoples under Threat value
Self-determination conflicts5
Major armed conflict2
Prior genocide / politicide1
Flight of refugees and IDPs0.0
Legacy of vengeance - group grievance9.7
Rise of factionalized elites8.9
Voice and Accountability-0.695
Political Stability-2.399
Rule of Law-0.724
OECD country risk classification7
TOTAL18.31

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

Insecurity continues unabated in Pakistan, where religious minorities, politicians and security forces continue to be targeted by Islamist militants. The Pakistani Taliban and ISIS affiliates failed to derail parliamentary elections in July but killed hundreds of civilians, including 149 in Mastung, Baluchistan – the country’s second deadliest attack by extremists to date. In response, security personnel continue to perpetrate a range of abuses, including against civilians. Owing to suppression of traditional journalism by government authorities and militants alike, social media plays a significant role in reporting on such issues. In May, following the overturning of a high-profile blasphemy charge against Asia Bibi, massive demonstrations led by clerics erupted across the country, calling for her death. In February 2019, the government announced plans to crack down on extremism and hate speech on social media, which feed into the broader atmosphere of discrimination and intolerance towards Bibi, a Christian, as well as other religious minorities.