Why Pakistan always tops list of nations at-risk of mass killings?

3 December, 2022 | Pravina Srivastava

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According to the latest assessment by the US think-tank Early Warning Project, Pakistan has topped the list of nations with the highest risk of mass murders for the third time in a row.

According to the latest assessment by the US think-tank Early Warning Project, Pakistan has topped the list of nations with the highest risk of mass murders for the third time in a row.

According to the Early Warning Project’s 28-page assessment, Pakistan confronts several security and human rights issues, including increased violence by the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, or TTP.

According to the research, one of the primary concerns for the country, which is already battling political and economic crises, is violence by a local branch of the Taliban.

Research claims that the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) broke the truce with the government earlier this week. TTP violated the ceasefire agreement reached with the government in June, ordering fighters to launch attacks across the nation.

“As military operations against mujahideen are occurring in several places it is important that you conduct out assaults wherever you can across the nation,” the outlawed organisation warned in a statement.

The Islamic group’s deadly campaign has accelerated in recent months, with the most important incident last month in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s (KP) Lakki Marwat district killing at least six police officers.

The TTP, a Pakistani branch and close supporter of the Afghan Taliban, is designated by the US and the UN as a foreign terrorist organisation. According to UN assessments, it has between 4,000 and 6,500 fighters in Afghanistan. Its reach extends beyond the tribal belt into Pakistani cities.

“As of the end of 2021, the Early Warning Project judged that there was an ongoing mass killing perpetrated by the Taliban Movement of Pakistan and associated militias; this risk assessment relates to the possibility of a new and distinct nonstate-led or state-led episode beginning, not the ongoing episode continuing or increasing,” the report stated.

The Early Warning Project is a collaboration between the US Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Simon-Skjodt Center for Genocide Prevention and Dartmouth College’s Dickey Center for International Understanding.

Other Asian countries in the top 10 include Myanmar, which is rated second, and Yemen, which is placed third.