ISLAMABAD - Unprecedented improvement was witnessed in the country’s security situation during 2015 as anti-state violence declined remarkably.

According to a yearly security assessment report released by the Pakistan Institute for Conflict and Security Studies (PICSS), militant attacks witnessed 56 per cent decline in 2015 as compared to 2014 while there was 48 per cent decline in resultant deaths and 57 per cent reduction in injured persons. It said that 1,987 militants were killed in security forces’ actions while 6,347 were arrested in the previous year.

In 2015, some 706 militant attacks took place in which 1,325 people were killed, including 619 civilians, 348 security forces personnel, 325 militants and 33 pro-government Razakars.

The report said that 1464 persons were injured which included 988 militants, 417 security forces personnel, and 14 pro-government Razakars. It said that Pakistan’s security situation improved greatly in the year 2015 as the level of anti-state violence dropped down the level of 2008 when new wave of anti-state violence in Pakistan had started an upward trend.

Balochistan remained the most violent province in 2015 in which 280 militant activities occurred with 355 people killed and 335 others injured. Though Balochistan observed highest number of militant attacks as compared to other provinces but there was 41 per cent decline in militant activities as compared to 2014. However, the death percentage was more than previous year in the province.

FATA with second in number in anti-state violence witnessed 170 attacks in 2015. In these attacks, 396 people were killed and 431 injured. FATA witnessed 55 per cent and 56 per cent decline in attacks and deaths, respectively.

In KP, 139 attacks were carried out last year in which 224 people were killed and 253 injured. During 2015, KP saw best improvement trend in security situation as compared to rest of the country. “Some 70 per cent reduction in violence and 65 per cent downfall recorded in resultant deaths in KP,” it added.

In Sindh, 89 militant activities were recorded with 240 killed and 203 injured. After KP, Sindh came up as much better province in terms of security situation where 64 per cent decline in violence was recorded, however, only 22 per cent reduction in deaths was observed.

In Punjab, 25 militant activities were recorded with 110 casualties and 243 injured. There was 39 per cent reduction in violence in Punjab but no downfall recorded in resultant deaths. This province remained bull's eye for high profile attacks and suicide attacks were recorded mostly in Punjab than other provinces.

In year 2015, the report said, security forces carried out 1,193 actions against militants in which 2,043 casualties were recorded. In these actions, 1,987 militants were killed while 22 civilians and 34 security forces personnel also lost their lives. 6,347 suspected militants were arrested by security forces in previous year. In Balochistan security forces carried out 399 actions in which 277 militants were killed while 2478 suspected militants were arrested. FATA had 176 security forces actions in which 1,389 militants were killed and 325 arrests were made. In FATA, 10 security forces personnel and 11 civilians lost their lives during these actions.

PICSS recorded 250 security forces actions in KP in which 1925 suspected arrests were made whereas 52 casualties were reported, including 38 militants, 8 security personnel and 6 civilians.

In Sindh, 218 security forces actions were recorded in which some 231 people, including 228 militants, 2 civilians and one soldier, were killed. Punjab had 127 security forces actions in which 59 casualties documented, including 54 militants, three civilians and two security forces personnel. 767 suspected militant arrests were made in Punjab by security forces. In Islamabad capital territory 19 security forces’ actions with 188 arrests and four security forces’ actions with 11 arrests were recorded in Gilgit-Baltistan by PICSS.