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War against Terrorism: Spy agencies tell SC 49,000 casualties taken

27 March, 2013

ISLAMABAD: Submitting a report pertaining to military operations conducted in the tribal areas of the country, the intelligence agencies on Tuesday informed the Supreme Court that the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has aligned itself with sectarian outfits "and the recent nexus of Tehreek-e-Taliban Swat (TTS) with Afghanistan government" is likely to enhance terrorist activities in areas adjoining Afghanistan, Mohmand and Bajaur agencies, Dir, Swat and Chitral.

A three-member bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar and comprising Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed heard the petition of a senior leader of the Jamaat-e-Islami against Action (in Aid of Civil Power) Regulation, 2011.

Regarding the emerging trends in terrorism, spy agencies told the bench that the sectarian outfits were playing leading role in victimisation of the Shia community, especially in Quetta and Karachi. This, they argued, showed that the war on terror is not yet over rather its profile has changed and the TTP has merged itself with sectarian outfits.

It was also added that there were intra-TTP rifts and splinter groups were surfacing. The court was told that miscreants relied on IEDs and abduction for ransom while there local support was waning mainly due to effective military operation. The agencies said that the TTS, after having been dislodged from the area, has resorted to SB/IED attacks on law enforcement agencies and Aman Lashkar. The intelligence agencies' report revealed that since 9/11 the country, while fighting terrorism, has suffered around 49,000 casualties, including both civilian and military.

According to the report, the armed forces have made supreme sacrifices in fighting terrorism, suffering 15,681 casualties, including shaheeds and injured. It was informed that the armed forces were called in aid of civil power, as civilian structure, including police, was unable to handle the challenge and threat in the vast territories of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

The report further stated that in the year 2007-2008, the miscreants had challenged the constitution and the writ of the state and also violated Article 256 of the constitution by raising private armies and conducting series of offences against the state, including terrorist attacks.

The court was informed that military operations against terrorists and their hideouts have largely been successful. While giving the volume of casualties from 2008 to 2013 the report revealed that the army suffered 1,479 soldiers killed and 5,745 injured. Likewise, some 675 FC men were killed and 1,978 were injured. During this period, the report revealed, 1,717 policemen were killed and 1,121 were injured.

The report stated that some 5152 civilians were killed during the period, while 5,678 were injured. It further stated that between 2008 and 2013 some 3,051 miscreants were killed and 1,228 injured. There were a total of 235 suicide attacks, 9,257 rocket attacks and some 4,256 bomb attacks.

Giving the detail of target killings, the report revealed that some 243 people were killed and 275 injured between 2010 and 2013. The report also said that some 1,030 schools and colleges were destroyed in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa between 2009 and 2013.

The report concluded that military operations are conducted only to create an enabling environment wherein political and developmental prongs of the strategy can be applied. During the hearing FATA secretary also placed on record report pertaining to operations in FATA and PATA.

The court directed the counsel for the petitioner to get a copy of the report filed by the counsel for the intelligence agencies and submit a reply on Wednesday (today).

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