Peshawar, Pakistan


Elected in 2015 for a 4-year tenure, Peshawar City District Council comprises a total of 132 members, of which 92 are directly elected as representatives of their respective Union Councils (UCs), which in turn are numerically ordered by geographical constituency. The remaining seats are reserved, with a permanent allocation for 30 women, 5 youth delegates and 5 agricultural workers. Beneath the District Council sit 4 town councils, each with a separate mayor and set of councillors, with 127 neighbourhood councils and 250 village councils representing a further two tiers of authority.

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Pakistan ranks fifth in the 2017 Global Terrorism Index (GTI) on the basis of data on 2016 attacks, with an official total of 956 deaths from terrorism that year, representing a 59% decrease from its peak in 2013. It holds a GTI score of 8.4, as one of the five countries most affected by terrorism which combine to represent three quarters of all globally recorded deaths from terrorism in 2016.

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Peshawar has much more direct experience of terrorism and violence, compared to Nowshera or other urban areas in KP. As the province’s main economic hub and an important thoroughfare connecting the border regions to the rest of the country, Peshawar has been consistently targeted by terror groups. This includes numerous powerful suicide blasts, often carried out by lone attackers and incurring high fatalities, as well as coordinated gun attacks like that on a school which killed 148 people in December 2014. UC-18, covering Peshawar’s old town and the city’s main bazaar, was singled out as a specific target with recent attacks in the neighbourhood targeting Christians, women, and the Shia community. Sectarianism was noted as a core challenge in that particular UC.

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Name: Peshawar City District Council


Peshawar City District Council ISD staff meet members of Peshawar City District Council during SCN City Consultation, November 2017