Regional Violence in Pakistan

Pakistan’s five provinces contain very different conflict environments (see Figure 1). This piece reviews data collected on armed, organized violence, riots and protests from 2010-2016. It demonstrates the multifaceted nature of conflict across the country, and the difficulty in establishing peace across the state. Pakistan’s most populous provinces, Punjab and Sindh, generally see less armed,…

Targeting Religious Minorities in Pakistan

Between January and July 2016, ACLED data recorded 83 fatalities among specific religious minority groups in Pakistan.The vast majority of those killed (72) are the result of a Jamaat-ul-Ahrar coordinated bomb-blast that took place in a Christian neighbourhood of Lahore on Easter Sunday. This attack spurred government action to deal with the targeting of minorities.…

2015 Review of Jammu & Kashmir

The territory of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) is a unique context where many attributes of political violence differ in disputed territories. India administers J&K as a state under the federal government, while Pakistan- which refers to its section as Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJK)- administers it as a self-governing state. The division of the region…

Local Violence Monitoring

We are often asked about our sources and source methodology that underlies our conflict data, analysis, and mapping. In this special focus, we discuss our local violence monitoring choices, decisions, and trajectories. Information about sourcing in general is provided in a separate paper from 2015 available here. ACLED sources conflict data from multiple sources: it…

Violent Trends in Pakistan 2015

Pakistan remains one of the most active conflict environments in South Asia. Throughout 2015, Pakistan’s violence is concentrated into several high intensity geographic spaces; the most fatal, intense battles occurred primarily in the states of Balochistan and FATA (see figure below). Pakistani protests were heavily concentrated in Sindh, Punjab, and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. FATA is Pakistan’s…

Asian Overview 2015

In February 2016 ACLED released the first annual dataset of South and Southeast Asia political violence and protest data. This set covers events in 2015 across ten South and Southeast Asian states. 10,195 political violence and protest events are recorded in 2015. ACLED’s team is also working to record historical data from 2010 in Pakistan, India,…

Targeting Civilians in South and Southeast Asia

South and Southeast Asian countries have witnessed 561 violent events targeting civilians in 2015 so far. Over half of these events, 293, cannot be verifiably linked to any specific group. Yet the remaining 268 events can be traced to specific rebel groups and political militias. In Bangladesh, the political rivalry between the Bangladesh National Party…

Zarb-e-Azb: One year On

The Pakistani Armed Forces launched operation Zarb-e-Azb on June 15th  2014. Hailed as the first “comprehensive operation” (The News June 15 2014) in Pakistan, the state deemed it a required response after the joint Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) June 8th 2014 attack on the Jinnah International Airport in Karachi. A…

Large Scale Violence against Civilians in Asia in 2015

After the terrorist attack last month in Bangkok, ACLED reviewed the recent large scale (ten +)  attacks on civilians in South and South East Asia. From January to August in 2015, six large terrorist attacks have occurred against civilians in the South and Southeast Asian states that ACLED covers. Five of the six attacks occurred…