War on terror: Terrorism claimed 12,795 lives, says Nisar

Published: August 28, 2013
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Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan. PHOTO: INP/FILE

Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan. PHOTO: INP/FILE

ISLAMABAD: The interior ministry put the total number of fatalities in terrorist incidents since the year 2002 at 12,795 – roughly one-third of the figure claimed by unofficial and media sources.

During the Senate’s question hour on Tuesday, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan announced the official figures. So far, at least 12,795 people have been killed and 28,881 others injured in acts of terrorism across the country since 2002, against unofficial claims of more than 40,000.

At least 1,318 were killed in Punjab, 646 people lost their lives in Sindh, 2,810 people fell prey to terror in Balochistan, while the highest number of fatalities was recorded in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa at 3,990. Similarly, 3,851 people were killed in Fata and 180 people in Islamabad Capital Territory.

Nisar said that he is doubtful about the figures adding that as many as 381 people went missing and out of them 93 were recovered. The highest number of missing persons was recorded from Punjab at 153.

The ministry further stated that Rs1,303.53 million were paid in compensation to those killed in terrorist incidents and Rs522 million was allotted to those injured in the terror attacks. The document also disclosed that as many as 16,560 alleged terrorists were arrested from across the country since 2002.

Chaudhry Nisar maintained that he had directed the ministry to withdraw official escort being provided to all former ministers and bureaucrats. He will ensure this order is carried out, as he himself is not enjoying this facility as the incumbent interior minister.

Unregistered SIMs

The government is planning to take action against cellular companies for not blocking unregistered SIMs, which are often used to coordinate terrorist attacks.

Nisar informed the House that only 199.569 million SIMs have been verified by the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) and the remaining are still unregistered, which is a grave concern.

He said that he was shocked at why cellular companies have not taken any measures to block unregistered SIMs. “I will hold a special meeting in this regard and hold all the companies accountable.”

Both the companies and the retailers will be held responsible if any SIM is found unregistered in the future.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 28th, 2013.

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Reader Comments (6)

  • Murad Malik
    Aug 28, 2013 - 11:25AM

    Forget about bringing TTP to justice we cannot even pressurize the Mobile Network companies of cancelling the sims which are not registered. Imagine, what a joke.

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  • Karachi
    Aug 28, 2013 - 11:31AM

    Amazingly the figure for Sindh equals the number of monthly targeted killings ONLY in karachi.

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  • vasan
    Aug 28, 2013 - 11:50AM

    Now you know why people dont trust Pakistan. From time immemorial a figure of 30000 for civilians and 10000 for the army were quoted as terror victims. Now these figures are out of the window. Wait for the next edition of these numbers.

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  • unbelievable
    Aug 28, 2013 - 7:01PM

    Any other country would actually keep accurate track of how many of their people are killed. It’s no surprise the original number was inflated as Pakistan used this number to try and gain international sympathy/funding for it’s WOT.
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    There was an article on Dawn a while back which indicated that 2/3’rds of the 30,000 were terrorist – if true that would seem to indicate that Nisar’s number is reasonable.

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  • Aug 28, 2013 - 10:32PM

    The issue shouldn’t be whether the number of fatalities is at 12000 or 40000, the loss of human lives even a fraction of these statistics is a matter of great concern. People should focus on the fact that a developed country, which acquired its independence and became a nuclear state in a relatively short time, has a troubling militancy issue which has to be dealt with for the sake of the nation’s future. If the statistics are higher or lower than these announced, does that make any difference, especially to those soldiers and security personnel who risk their lives to protect others every day?

    Haroon Ahmad
    DET – U.S. Central Command

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  • Dj
    Aug 28, 2013 - 10:55PM

    Ch Nisar got these figures out of his %$$

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