Deadly attacks in Pakistan have increased to the highest level in over four years as U.S. troops left Afghanistan.
Pakistan has seen 35 attacks that left at least 52 civilians dead in August, the highest since February 2017, according to data compiled by the South Asia Terrorism Portal. Most of the Violence has been attributed to TTP.
The Pakistani group “has been emboldened further by what happened in Afghanistan,” Umar Karim, a visiting fellow at the London-based Royal United service Institute, said over the Phone.
With the new Afghan Government, there are concerns in Islamabad that a spillover in alarming activities could affect investments, including china’s Belt and Road initiative that has seen $25 billion poured into power plants and road projects. Pakistan is ready facing pressure from Beijing who called on the government to protect such projects after a bus explosion in July killed 12 workers, including 9 Chinese citizens.
The growing instability and increased risk in the region have already prompted at least one foreign investor to hold back on acquiring a Pakistani company, according to two people familiar with the matter who asked not to be named, citing the private nature of the information.