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Saturday, July 5, 2008

1,080 Pak soldiers among thousands killed in terror war
Saturday, July 05, 2008
By Usman Manzoor
ISLAMABAD: The war on terror has cost over 3,000 Pakistani nationals since 9/11 and the ISPR has confirmed that 1,080 Pakistani soldiers have been martyred to get their country free of terror.Almost 3,500 militants have faced death while the number of injured amounts to more than 5,000 in all terrorist attacks since Pakistan joined the war on terror. According to the data complied by The News from articles, web sites, magazines and newspapers, and after talking to the official spokesman of the Pakistan Army, over 3,050 Pakistanis have been killed in terrorist attacks since September 11, 2001 while the same number of militants have also died in different operations conducted by Pakistan Army.Pakistan faced some 81 suicide attacks since it became the frontline state in the war on terror. The sectarian incidents that took place in the country in the last seven years would add more to the figures if included.Inter-Services Public Relations Director-General Maj-Gen Athar Abbas confirmed to The News that 1,080 soldiers had been martyred since September 11, 2001 in the war on terror, including the recent Nato air strikes on a Pakistani post near Afghan boarder last month which resulted in the death of ten soldiers.While the US government has been funding worth $500 million per year since Pakistan joined the forces on war against terror and now this aid would jump to $1.5 billion from the current year.Terrorism has not only deprived Pakistan of an international leader like Benazir Bhutto but has also shaken the base of an stable economy with an attack occurring almost every day last year.Around 660 people have been killed in terrorist attacks in the first half of 2008, mostly in NWFP. These attacks mainly include the ongoing war in the tribal areas of Pakistan. Fifteen suicide attacks have already occurred in the country in the first half of the year.These attacks mainly include attack on naval college in Lahore, attack on FIA building in Lahore and attack on medical personnel in Rawalpindi and a suicide attack on a funeral in Swat. The Pakistan Army has also started operation in NWFP against militants who have been bombing the girls’ schools and killing the spies in the mobs.The year 2007 proved to be the goriest for Pakistan when some 1,500 people were killed in different terrorist attacks across the country with hundreds of soldiers abducted and many others killed. Some 2000 militants have also been killed in the tribal area during the year.Statistics show 46 suicide attacks occurred in the country while other attacks include 250 mainly in the tribal areas. The suicide bombing deprived the country of Bhutto and many others. The famous Lal Masjid siege now also became the leaflet in the history of 2007 where hundreds of seminary students, including girls ten Army men, were killed.From 2001 to 2003, some 181 people were killed in terrorist attacks. This also features an attack on President Pervez Musharraf in Rawalpindi on December 25, 2003. During this period the Christian community remained the main target of the terrorists in Bahawalpur, Murree, Texila, Islamabad and Daska. Famous journalist Denial Pearl was also killed on February 22, 2002 while twelve French Nationals were killed in Karachi on May 8, 2002.1,080 Pak soldiers among thousands killed in terror war
"Islam is our faith, democracy is our policy, socialism is our economy. All power to the people." Zulfikar Ali Bhutto --- Bhutto Zinda Hai.

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