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Pakistan: Political violence and energy infrastructure attacks

Pakistan’s high-profile security problems show no signs of abating. The prospect of peace talks with the Pakistani Taliban (TPP) has collapsed in the wake of the assassination of the TTP leader, Hakimullah Mehsud, in a US drone strike in November. Meanwhile, political, ethnic and criminal violence cripples the commercial capital Karachi, and separatists continue their campaign in Baluchistan. While terrorist attacks remain a threat throughout the country, the risks are especially acute in Khyber-Pathtunkhwa (KP), the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and Baluchistan, as the following map illustrates. These areas constitute the primary theatres of operations for the TTP and Baluch separatists.

While state security forces, government-allied tribal militia, and high-profile civilian targets constitute the bulk of targets, energy infrastructure has also come under attack. This is especially the case in gas-rich Baluchistan, where separatists regularly target pipelines to disrupt an energy sector they feel does not benefit the local Baluch population. Most attacks on energy infrastructure target relatively ‘soft’ infrastructure – pipelines and tankers – because they are not heavily guarded and remote. However, extraction and processing facilities are occasionally targeted, and personnel remain at risk of kidnap and assassination.

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