Explosive violence in Pakistan

AOAV’s Explosive Violence Monitor, launched in October 2010, uses English-language media reports to capture information on the harm caused by explosive weapons around the world. This data is used by international organisations, researchers, journalists and advocacy groups to campaign for reduced civilian harm as a result of explosive violence.

Over the past decade (2014-2023), AOAV has recorded 1,773 incidents of explosive violence in Pakistan, resulting in 17,927 casualties, of which 66% (11,918) were reported as civilians. Civilian casualties include at least 699 children, 449 women and 96 men. Of the civilian casualties, 24% (2,805) were reported as killed.

The five most affected regions in terms of civilian harm as a result of explosive violence over the past decade are Balochistan (3,971 civilian casualties), Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (2,609), Punjab (1,561), FATA (1,480), and Sindh (1,366).

IEDs were the deadliest form of weapon, accounting for 51% (900) of all incidents recorded between 2014-2023, 70% of total civilian casualties (8,924), and 72% (2,019) of all civilians killed within the decade.

The majority of harm from explosive weapons use in Pakistan over the past decade was reportedly perpetrated by non-state actors, who account for 49% (873) of all incidents and caused 67% (7,937) of all civilian casualties, as well as 67% (1,878) of all civilians killed.