More than 500 people lost their lives in terrorist attacks over the past three years in Punjab and as many as 1,000 suspected terrorists were arrested from across the country during the same time period, Interior Minister Rehman Malik informed lawmakers in the lower house of parliament on Wednesday.
In a written reply, the minister told the National Assembly that 505 people were killed and 1,720 wounded in terror strikes across Punjab between 2009 and 2011. The provincial government paid around Rs170million in compensation to the victim families.
According to the statistics provided by Malik, the period between 2009 and 2010 was the deadliest as 324 people were killed in militant strikes. But interestingly, Rs130million of the total compensation amount was spent in 2010-2011.
Malik told the house that the law-enforcement agencies arrested 3,143 terrorists across the country.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 4th, 2011.