Aug 17, 2010

Balochistan: 921 deaths Linked To Political Violence

921 lives have been claimed in relation to an estimated 808 reported incidents of political violence against Balochistani’s, according to the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) report on Monday. Sindh violence was second amounting to a total of 215 incidents. 


Below is an article published by Daily Times:

ISLAMABAD: Eight hundred and eight incidents of political violence, which claimed 1, 921 lives, have been reported in the country during October 15, 2009 to May 31, 2010, with an average rate of almost 108 incidents per month, according to the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) report on Monday.

The report was launched under the FAFEN’s Political and Electoral Violence Education and Resolution (PEVER) project.

PEVER Chairman Musarrat Qadeem said Balochistan was at top in casualties, with 790 people killed in the said period.

She said the main objective of the project was to enhance public awareness about the nature and reasons for political and electoral violence and also to devise a strategy for peace building and prevention of violence conflicts.

Qadeem said that they had collected details about electoral violence through primary source like eyewitness, victims and their relatives and through media reports, which later were cross checked by police stations and hospitals.

Research manager of the project, Yasir, while describing the different points of the report said the highest number of electoral violence incidents occurred in Balochistan, where 336 incidents were reported, which was 42 percent of the total reported incidents, during October 15, 2009 to May 31 2010.

Sindh was second with 215 incidents, while 166 incidents were recorded in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Punjab, Islamabad Cantonment Terrrority (ICT) and Gilgit-Baltistan had seen a less number of electoral violence incidents, he added. “The most frequent target of political violence have been security forces, with 193 incidents targeted against them, while 115 (14 percent) terrorists attacks were aimed at the general public, and 100 (12 percent) attacks against political parties”, he said.

Fatima Shakeel, program officer of the project further described the other categories of political violence, including ethnic violence, tribal violence, attacks against educational institutes and personnel, attacks on NATO supply vehicles, clashes between political parties, violent protests and attacks against entertainment and recreational centers, and the police and press.

She said that according to PEVER, approximately 5,700 had became victims of political violence during the reported period in which 1, 921 were killed, 3, 732 were injured and 63 kidnapped.