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Casualties in Pakistan's militant attacks up 20%: Report

Published on Jan 6, 2014 10:00 PM

ISLAMABAD (AFP) - Militant attacks in Pakistan killed nearly 2,500 people in 2013, up 20 per cent from the year before, according to a think-tank which said the government's "appeasement approach" had let the Taliban make a comeback.

The rise ended a three-year fall in casualties that began in 2010, as insurgents carried out scores of attacks in the run-up to the May 2013 general election and sustained the level of violence until the end of the year.

A total of 2,451 people were killed in acts of terror, said the annual security report from the Pak Institute for Peace Studies (Pips), up from 2,050 in 2012.

Pips director Muhammad Amir Rana said the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, which won power in last year's polls promising to restart dialogue with the Pakistani Taliban, had taken a softer line on militancy.

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