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Pakistan: Terrorism claims 49,000 lives in Pakistan since 9/11

27th Mar 2013

ISLAMABAD, (Xinhua): Pakistan’s security agencies have told the country’s top court that terrorism has claimed 49, 000 people, including 15,000 security personnel since the 9/11 attacks in the United States.

A report prepared by the security agencies was presented in the Supreme Court on Tuesday. It revealed that suicide attacks in the militants-infested tribal regions killed over 9,000 people and security men over the past five years.

The report which was tabled before the apex court by lawyer of the premier intelligence of Pakistan also disclosed that 3,000 militants were also killed and 1,228 were injured in military operations in the tribal regions in five years.

A total of 235 suicide attacks, 9,257 rocket attacks and 4,256 bomb attacks were carried out in the tribal regions and northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in five years.

Over 200 member of the pro-government peace committees also lost lives in the attacks by militants, who also attacked over 1, 000 schools in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

The highest number of casualties occurred in 2009, the report said.

The armed forces were deployed in the tribal regions in aid of civil power as civilian structure including the local police was unable to handle the challenge and threat on the vast territories of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The militants had threatened security of the state and challenged the writ of the government.

The document said that as many as 1,479 soldiers were killed and 5,745 others were injured from 2008 to 2013. The report said that those died include 675 men of the paramilitary Frontier Corps while 1,978 others were injured. A total of 1,717 policemen lost their lives in five years.

The number of civilians killed in the five years stood at 5,152 with 5,678 others injured, it said.

Giving the details of target killings, the report revealed that some 243 people were killed and 275 others were injured in the last three years. It disclosed that 1,030 schools and colleges were destroyed in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa from 2009 to 2013.

The report stated that so far this year the banned Tehrik-e- Taliban Pakistan or TTP has not been as effective as it had been in 2008 and is now facing internal rift. The TTP is now using IEDs (improvised explosive devices) and kidnap people for ransom and has also started sectarian killings.

The report also alleged that the TTP has established links with the Afghan government and the outfit is likely to increase activities in the adjoining areas of Afghanistan including Mohmand and Bajaur tribal regions and Dir, Swat and Chitral districts in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Editor: Mu Xuequan

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2013-03/27/c_124506644.htm

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