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Pakistan Security Report 2017

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Key points:

Despite a 16% decline in terrorist attacks in 2017, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan and its associated groups remained the most potent threat; they were followed by nationalist-insurgent groups, especially Balochistan Liberation Army and Balochistan Liberation Front. What has been quite alarming is the increasing footprints of Daesh, especially in Balochistan and northern Sindh, carrying out the deadliest attacks. These realities require concerted effort and a revision of the National Action Plan, country’s counter-terror plan for yet ambiguity remains about who is responsible for NAP. It will be much better that parliament provides oversight to not only NAP, help revise it in light of new realities, but also lay down criteria for mainstreaming militants – which drew debate in 2017. These are some of the major findings of the Pakistan Security Report 2017.

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Table of contents:

  • Foreword
  • Overview of security in 2017: critical challenges and recommendations
    Muhammad Amir Rana and Safdar Sial
  • Security landscape of Pakistan in 2017
    Safdar Sial
  • Militant landscape of Pakistan in 2017
    Muhammad Amir Rana
  • State responses: anti-militant operations and National Action Plan
    Muhammad Amir Rana and Safdar Sial
  • Security of CPEC in 2017
    Anam Fatima
  • Securing Pakistan: Interview with Lt. Gen. (Retd.) Nasser Khan Janjua, National Security Advisor
    Muhammad Amir Rana and Muhammad Ismail Khan
  • Making NACTA effective: Interview with Ihsan Ghani, National Coordinator, NACTA
    Muhammad Amir Rana and Muhammad Ismail Khan
  • Security landscape of Punjab in 2017
    Shahzada Irfan Ahmed
  • Balochistan security in 2017
    Maaz Khan
  • The tale and context in making of Ansar-ul-Sharia Pakistan
    Syed Arfeen
  • Jamaat ul Ansar ul-Sharia – a new endeavor by Al-Qaeda to regain ground
    Dr. Farhan Zahid
  • Educated, urban and destructive: the new breed of jihadis in Pakistan
    Dr. Farhan Zahid
  • Fate of FATA still hangs in balance
    Tahir Khan
  • Sindh in 2017 – same old pattern
    Zia Ur Rehman
  • Disbursing Faizabad sit-in: action and way forward
    Imran Mukhtar and Azam Khan
  • Faith-based violence & rule of law
    Najam U Din
  • Dark days for freedom of expression
    Najam U Din
  • An appraisal of India-Pakistan relations in 2017
    Ershad Mahmud and Jalaluddin Mughal
  • Annexures
  • Timelines

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