Press TV, Islamabad
Normalcy has largely returned to public life in most parts of Pakistan after a series of successful military operations against militants. The violence has dropped to the lowest level during the last fifteen years.
According to Pakistan Institute for Conflict and Security Studies, an Islamabad- based think tank, terror attacks in the country have dropped below the level of 2004, the year when terrorism gained momentum. Alone in 2019, there was 44 percent decline in suicide attacks as compared with the previous year. Nonetheless, the militants managed to carry out as many as 159 attacks in the past year. 305 people were killed including 143 security personnel and 129 civilians.
The terror attacks started against Pakistani security forces after Islamabad joined the so-called US war on terror in late 2001 when US-led NATO troops invaded Afghanistan. Tens of thousands of people have died in Pakistan since then.
Despite considerable reduction in incidents of terrorism, the so-called US war on terror has led to nurture the culture of enforced disappearances in Pakistan. That is why there is no letup to the incidents of enforced disappearances allegedly by country’ secret services.