EASO publishes COI report on the security situation in Pakistan

The European Asylum Support Office (EASO) has published a COI report on the security situation in Pakistan.

The 115 pages report updates a July 2016 report on the same topic.

The report was drafted by Cedoca, the COI unit of Belgium. It was reviewed by the Norwegian Country of Origin Information Centre (Landinfo) and by Asylum Research Consultancy (ARC).

From EASO’s press release:

“The EASO COI Report ‘Pakistan security situation’ provides a general description of the security situation in Pakistan, covering the following topics: a brief background on the conflict in the country; actors in the conflict; an overview of recent security trends; the impact of the violence on the civilian population; and the impact of the violence on the state ability to secure law and order. The second part of the report provides a geographical overview of the security situation and a more detailed description of the different regions in Pakistan. In each regional chapter, a short description of the region is given, followed by a description of the security trends, the actors in the region and the impact of the violence on the population.

The main findings of the report include the continuation of airstrikes and ground operations by the Pakistani military forces against militant groups in different provinces in 2016. The military operation in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and FATA, Zarb-e-Azb, which started in 2014, ended early 2017. A new operation, called Radd-Ul-Fasaad, was launched in different regions of the country. At the same time, militant or terrorist attacks continued to occur, as well as targeted killings. The situation at Pakistan’s borders with India and Afghanistan was tense. Overall, sources report a decrease in total numbers of violent incidents and casualties throughout 2016 and 2017.” (EASO, 4 August 2017)

The report is available at:

EASO: Pakistan Security Situation, August 2017

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