Pakistan Security Threats

Data and information about security threats from Pakistan’s black market. Intelligence data and security information collected from government agencies, news articles and other public information sources.

Kidnapping for ransom cases increased by over a hundred percent within the last several years in Karachi, Pakistan.

There were 92 cases of kidnapping for ransom in 2008.

64 cases of kidnapping for ransom were reported in 2007, and 28 cases reported in 2006.

Source: Associated Press, “Kidnappings for ransom spike in Pakistan,” Las Vegas Sun, June 6, 2009.

Sales of illegal drugs in Pakistan is estimated to create a $4.8 Billion (300 to 500 Billion Pakistan Rupees) market.

Source:  Ikramul Haq, “Drug trafficking & black economy,” Pakistan Observer, July 6, 2009.

Book piracy, movie piracy, software piracy and music piracy caused a total loss of $156 Million in Pakistan in 2007.



The World Health Organization and Reuters produced a factsheet stating the top five locations where organ trafficking occurs. The countries are as follows:

1. China

2. Pakistan

3. Egypt

4. Colombia

5. Philippines

(Prices of illegal organs and kidney transplants.)


Counterfeit cigarettes causes $220 Million in lost tax revenue to the government of Pakistan.