Islamabad: Islamabad based Independent Tink Tank Pakistan Institute for Conflict and Security Studies (PICSS) in collaboration with JS Global and JS Bank launched first ever Digital Database on Terrorism since 9/11 in Pakistan here at Pakistan Institute for Parliamentary Services (PIPS) on Monday. The chief Guest of the event was Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Governor Mehtab Ahmed Khan while a large number of diplomats, Researchers, academics, think-tanks representatives were among the attendees.
Governor Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Mehtab Ahmed Khan, Managing Director PICSS Abdullah Khan, Chairman PICSS Senator (R) Akram Zaki, MNA Romina Khursheed, Chief Executive Officer JS Global Kamran Nasir, Mother of Shaheed Huzaifa Aftab, Father of Sher Shah Shaheed, Tufail Khattak and Ghazi Waleed Khan also spoke on the occasion.
Governor Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Mehtab Ahmed Khan the problem of rising extremism did not stem from the curriculum but with the policies of the state pursued in different eras. And the Present Government of Pakistan is moving towards right direction to eliminate the threats of terrorism form the country.
Governor Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Mehtab Ahmed Khan said that National Action Plan (NAP) was moving in the right direction and the government was getting required results from it. He also commended the armed forces for Operation Zarb-e-Azb, because of which terrorist attacks had dropped to the level of 2008.
Governor Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Mehtab Ahmed Khan said we can not analyse any threat if we do not have correct information about it and accurate data was most important for policy formulation and assessment. Governor praised the effort of Pakistan Institute for Conflict and Security Studies (PICSS) and announced to donate one million Rupees to enhance activities of (PICSS).
Chairman PICSS Senator (R) Akram Zaki briefed the audience about the overview and details of collected data which has five ‘phases’ of terrorism in Pakistan following 9/11. According to Akram Zaki the first phase extends from 2001 to 2004, when the violence was at its lowest level. The second phase began after Pakistan sent its armed forces into the Federally Administered Tribal Areas and the militants spread all over the country.
The third phase started after the Lal Masjid operation of 2007, which pushed militancy to the highest level. The fourth phase was Military-led operations in Swat and South Waziristan helped reduce violence but not as much as in the last phase after the Peshawar school massacre of December last year. Terror attacks are now at the same level as of 2008.
Managing Director PICSS Abdullah Khan on the occasions called the effort of PICSS in which they succeeded to collect the First ever Digital Database of Terrorism in Pakistan a dream which was fulfilled after five years of struggle. He told the audience how he started his journey in 2010 when he established an Independant Institution Conflict Monitoring Centre (CMC) which was later emerged into Pakistan Institute for Conflict and Security Studies (PICSS) in 2014.
Abdullah Khan in his presentation said that we were hearing in Pakistan scattered figures of civilian, militants and civil and armed forces causalities of last fifteen years but there was no official detail was available even on Government level. But with the grace of Almighty God and hardworking of PICSS Team under the command of its Head Researcher Gul Dad we are able to launch over all almost all the details of out casualty figures of civilians and militants and gave out overall figures of 50,000 dead people. According to Abdullah Khan during different military operations most of those killed were militants with civilian casualties almost half of the militant casualties. Abdullah Khan announced that The PICSS database will be available free-of-charge to researchers, media and academics on request.