Syed Danish Hussain | May 27, 2011
ISLAMABAD – In average, 10 incidents of armed conflicts and 39 consequent deaths were reported in three main South Asian states – Afghanistan, India and Pakistan – on every day of last month.
Every fourth victim of violence was a civilian. Afghanistan continued to be worst hit state by violence in the region as about half of the incidents as well as resultant deaths were reported in the country.
Says a monthly security report of the Conflict Monitoring Center (CMC), an Islamabad based research organization, which focuses on anti-state, anti-government insurgency and counter-militancy campaigns in South Asia.
The report is based on the data compiled from mainstream national and international media organizations. The report says that at least 1,166 people were killed and 783 others injured in 303 different incidents of armed conflicts in Afghanistan, India and Pakistan during April 2011.
Such incidents have been divided into two broad categories, that is, security forces actions and militant activities. The former refers to the actions of armed forces, paramilitary forces, police etc. The militant activities refer to all sorts of militant actions carried out by anti-state/anti-government elements against security forces, government machinery, and civilians.
More than one-half of the victims of armed conflicts during April 2011 were alleged militants while civilian deaths constituted over one-fourths of total casualties. Afghanistan witnessed the highest numbers of incidents as well as resultant deaths as at least 689 people were killed and more than three hundred others left wounded in about 159 incidents in the country.
In Pakistan, 393 people were killed and 407 others injured in 91 incidents while 53 incidents took 84 lives and left 67 others injured in India.