3,879 lost their lives during war on terror in 2012


More than 3,879 people have lost their lives in the ongoing war on terrorism in Pakistan during 2012.
According to Islamabad-based Conflict Monitoring Center’s annual report, one third of those killed in anti-state violence were civilians while the security forces lost 589 personnel during the year.
The report says that the militants, including TTP, al Qaeda and Baloch rebels carried out 1,485 attacks during 2012 while the security forces conducted 570 operations against militants, which included 44 major and 285 minor military operations in FATA and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
The report says that security situation in Islamabad improved but deteriorated along the Pak-Afghan border where Pakistan has faced hostilities from Afghan National Army and NATO forces.
Two third of the militant attacks took place in FATA and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The report says that 1,114 civilians were killed and 2,313 injured during militant attacks while 197 civilians lost their lives and 340 wounded during actions initiated by the security forces.
Pakistani security forces also apprehended 1,138 militants while the militants kidnapped 185 people. Highest number of kidnapping incidents (72) took place in Balochistan followed by FATA and KP where militants kidnapped 61 and 51 people, respectively.
Pakistani military lost 350 of its personnel in FATA and KPK alone while 1,165 were also wounded. Pro-government peace lashkars also lost 148 lives during the year.
The deteriorating security situation in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA can be determined from the fact that 67 percent of the militant attacks took place in these two areas.
Conflict Monitoring Center’s data shows that in 2011, the militants carried out 246 attacks in KP while in 2012, the number of attacks crossed the 400 mark.
Sindh also witnessed unprecedented escalation in militant attacks as 21 incidents were recorded by CMC in 2011 while in 2012 it recorded 34 militant strikes.
Number of TTP attacks in Punjab remained same as in 2011 however, security forces lost more lives than in 2011.
The Conflict Monitoring Centre also recorded 745 cross-border attacks from Afghanistan which includes 371 attacks by Afghan National Army and NATO while rest of them were carried out by TTP and al Qaeda militants hiding in safe havens inside Afghanistan.
Conflict Monitoring Centre’s data shows that during 2012, NATO and US warplanes and helicopters violated Pakistani air space and also bombed in some cases, for 53 times.
The airspace violation took place six times in January, four times in February, eight times in March, four times in April, nine times in May, six times in June, one time in July, three times in August, five times in September, six times in October and one time in November.
All but one of these violations took place along FATA border while one violation took place in Balochistan. The year 2012 also witnessed unprecedented increase in cross-border rocket and mortar attacks by Afghan National Army.


  1. When we are going to leave this so called war-on-terror? It was never our war but now we are compelled to own it as these guys in disguise of TTP are working as proxies of the enemies in the name of Islam and jIhad

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