Despite a decrease in the numbers of attacks, the risk of terrorism remains extreme in many parts of Pakistan. In a recent incident on 14 March, a suicide bombing claimed by a Tehrik-i-Taliban splinter group left at least nine people dead near Lahore. In Quetta, the capital of Balochistan Province, already more than 30 people have been killed in attacks in 2018. The security situation also remains volatile in Pakistan’s coastal metropolis of Karachi, where shootouts between security forces and militants are common.

“Terrorism remains the most severe security concern in Pakistan, though the threat level differs by province and city.”

Pakistan’s economic growth recently received a boost from infrastructure projects as part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. At the same time, the government is still accused of tolerating the activities of nationalist-jihadist organisations such as Lashkar-e-Taiba. Taking effect in June 2018, Pakistan will again be placed on the Financial Action Task Force’s Grey List regarding terrorism financing.

Attacks in Pakistan are frequently directed against security forces, political or religious targets. However, terrorism also endangers infrastructure as well as foreign organisations and interests. The specific local impact of the extreme risk constitutes a major consideration for business activities in Pakistan, especially when implementing projects or setting up sites and when planning travel activities or deployments of foreign employees.

Recommendations for corporations

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