80,000 Pakistanis killed in US 'War on Terror': report

Published: March 29, 2015
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A US Army soldier searches an Afghan man during a patrol near Baraki Barak base in Logar Province. PHOTO: AFP

A US Army soldier searches an Afghan man during a patrol near Baraki Barak base in Logar Province. PHOTO: AFP

At least 80,000 Pakistanis have been killed in the US-led War on Terror, a study conducted by a group of international physicians’ organisations revealed.

A report titled “Body Count: Casualty Figures after 10 Years of the ‘War on Terror” was released by the Nobel Prize-winning International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, along with Physicians for Social Responsibility and Physicians for Global Survival.

Below are the numbers of casualties in Pakistan from 2004 until the end of 2013.

Civilians

48,504

Journalists

45

Civilians killed by drones

416 – 951

Pakistani security forces

5,498

Militants

26,862

Total

81,325 – 81,860

The study concluded that around 1.3 million people were killed, both directly and indirectly, in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan as a result of US-led wars in the region in more than a decade.

The investigation scoured the results of individual studies and data published by United Nations organisations, government agencies and non-governmental organisations. It added that one million people were killed in Iraq and 220,000 in Afghanistan as a result of the war.

“The figure is approximately 10 times greater than that of which the public, experts and decision makers are aware,” the study’s authors write. “And this is only a conservative estimate. The total number of deaths in the three countries… could also be in excess of 2 million.”

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  • Disgusted
    Mar 29, 2015 - 4:25PM

    And not a single Politician !!! They just made money. That includes Nawaz Sharif and his brother and Asif Zardari, Fazlul, Mahmood Achakzai and Kayani.Recommend

  • Moiz
    Mar 29, 2015 - 4:57PM

    & how many lives were lost in the attacks of 9/ 11???Recommend

  • fahim
    Mar 29, 2015 - 5:03PM

    What you mean by ‘US war on terror’ ? When it will become Pakistan’s war on terrorRecommend

  • harkol
    Mar 29, 2015 - 5:19PM

    Shooot…. USA may not be winning this war, but Pakistan surely lost this war too (as all the other wars it has fought since independence).

    Perhaps Pakistan can try a different approach, that doesn’t make religion based national identity – and truly win the struggle for nationhood.Recommend

  • Anjaan
    Mar 29, 2015 - 6:50PM

    How many non-Muslims were converted to Islam during the same period … ??!! … is it a net loss or gain for the Muslim Ummah … ??!!Recommend

  • objective observer
    Mar 29, 2015 - 7:51PM

    Why don’t you be honest with yourselves and call it the human cost of Pakistans proxy war.

    Also make an attempt to weigh the economic impact and national security impact. Rather than just pointing elsewhere as usual.Recommend

  • woody
    Mar 29, 2015 - 8:53PM

    What does the TTP war against Pakistan have to do with the USA war on terror? That’s sounds like the rubbish that IK was spouting when he pronounced that the TTP would lay down their arms and join Islamabad when the USA stopped drone attacks. The vast majority of Pakistan casualties are the result of religious extremist who want to take control of Pakistan – blaming that on the American’s is dubious.Recommend

  • cautious
    Mar 29, 2015 - 9:50PM

    If you eliminate the terrorist from the death count your left with about 54,000 deaths and over 99% of those deaths is attributable to Pakistani extremist. I suggest that “Pakistan Civil War” might be a more appropriate title than “USA War on Terror”.Recommend

  • Anjaan
    Mar 30, 2015 - 12:22AM

    Pakistan’s biggest gains is the generous US aid of over $26.0 billions since 2001 and still counting … a mind boggling amount … compare this with a few thousand human lives … !!Recommend

  • Landofsuwar
    Mar 30, 2015 - 4:28AM

    What about harbouring of militants from all over the world in the KP and FATA? How are they America’s war against terror? These guys are so radicalised that if it weren’t for America it would have been someone else to quench their blood thirsty quest for power using violence.
    Today muslims are killing each other and others all over the world not because of some teachings of Islam but because these scums or losers of society have hijacked islam and are using illiterate and poor muslims to kill and create havoc in muslim countries to undermine and ultimately make them their slaves.
    Saudi is a very good example using Sunni Shia divide they want to undermine and enslave Yemen just like they have done with Pakistan.Recommend

  • zara
    Mar 30, 2015 - 6:21AM

    @woody:
    Oh shutup you indians dont need to poke your nose in pakistani matters and better worry abt naxalites n bodos who are bleeding ur country.
    Ttp has everything to do with usa wot. Under the guise of wot this is what usa with india unleashed on pakistan. From where on earth a bunch of mountain inhibitors got such intense training and enormous funds n weapns to wage a war against pakistan.
    All the while nato was sitting in afghanistan when ttp and fazlullah were attacking pakistan, how come they were never caught.Recommend

  • vasan
    Mar 30, 2015 - 7:11AM

    The number of deaths by drones and the noise against that seems to be highly disproportional.
    what was the number of terrorists killed by drones ?Recommend

  • Mar 30, 2015 - 8:43AM

    How many more of us must die in this absurd and endless war!Recommend

  • oBSERVER
    Mar 30, 2015 - 9:59AM

    @zara:
    Well said. Recommend

  • zara
    Mar 30, 2015 - 10:56AM

    @oBSERVER:
    Oh thnx. But et badly censors me. Its still fine but iwanted to talk to Raisani bhai and i am not getting a chance to.Recommend

  • Sunnil Sardar
    Mar 30, 2015 - 3:35PM

    This is what we are paying the price of WAR ON TERROR , Earlier it was not our war ; not even we relate to , but jumped into this fire for the sake of ???? and now rest of the world parted away themselves from this war and dictate us to do more n more … even though we have already sacrifice so many precious life and facing economy disaster due to this. Now we have no other option rather than fight to ensure peace and integrity in pakistan !!! Recommend

  • Asok
    Mar 31, 2015 - 6:15AM

    80,000, a magic number! Let me think, where have I see that before?

    Oh yeah, the claimed number of Kashmiris killed by Indian security forces?

    Is there some special Pakistani significance to this number?Recommend

  • LifeH2O
    Jun 23, 2015 - 3:01PM

    Those 80,000, they live on borders and remote areas to protect Pakistan from Taliban, Afghan, Kurd, Iraqis, Americans, Indians etc. They are not normal humans.
    We will produce more of them so that Pakistani can live safe and soundRecommend

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