Terrorist attacks killed at least 3,898 this year
09 August, 2012
ISLAMABAD: At least 3,898 people, including 1,705 civilians, 485 security forces personnel and 1,708 terrorists, have lost their lives in terrorist violence in the country during the first seven months of the year. The months of June and July proved to be the most fatal for civilians and January for the security forces personnel.
According to the data available with this scribe on fatalities in terrorist violence in the country during the first seven months of year 2012, June and July recorded the highest fatalities with 367 and 363 killings respectively of civilians and security forces personnel. 496 terrorists were also killed in the two months. At least 117 security forces personnel were killed in the month of January alone.
In the year 2011, a total of 6,303 persons were killed in similar incidents. At least 4,009 persons were killed in the first seven months of 2011 as compared to 3,898 killings in 2012, registering a slight decline in the trend. According to the data, at least 42,824 persons, including the terrorists, have lost their lives in terrorism-related incidents in the country since 2003.
In the ongoing war against terrorism, the armed forces have so far lost the equivalent of two full brigades. Among those killed were one three-star and a couple of two-star generals. At least 3,097 personnel had been killed and 721 others permanently disabled. Pakistan has suffered the colossal financial losses of more than $68 billion (Rs 5036.8 billion) in the so-called war on terror since 2001.
The cost of the war was estimated at $2.669 billion in fiscal year 2001-02. The cost jumped to $3.98 billion (Rs 238.6 billion) by year 2005-6. The financial cost then surged to $13.56 billion (Rs 1136.4 billion) by fiscal year 2009-10. The amount has been continuously rising and has gone up to $17.83 billion (Rs 1528 billion) in the running year.