3,157 security personnel, 5,532 citizens martyred in terror-related incidents over 5 years

A report, presented to the National Assembly on Friday, puts civilian casualties in terror-related incidents across Pakistan over the past five years around 5,532 and finds 3,157 security personnel embracing martyrdom.

Presented by Parliamentary Secretary Maryam Aurangzeb, the report details that 107 security personnel have been killed in Punjab, 64 in Sindh, 872 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 605 in Balochistan, one in Islamabad, 1,487 in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), four in Azad Kashmir and 17 in Gilgit-Baltistan.

According to the report, 152 civilians have lost their lives in Punjab, 313 in Sindh, 2,422 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 1,050 in Balochistan, 61 in Islamabad, 1,470 in FATA, one in Azad Kashmir and 63 in Gilgit-Baltistan.

It adds that at least 206 death row prisoners have been convicted on terror charges. Of these, 81 have been convicted in Punjab jails, 98 in Sindh, 25 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and one in Islamabad.

The report further says that 90 terrorists have been killed in Punjab in the past five years, 342 in Sindh, 351 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 435 in Balochistan, seven in Islamabad, 2,530 in FATA, three in Azad Jammu and Kashmir and one in Gilgit-Baltistan.

It adds that 64 terrorists have been sentenced to death in Punjab, 106 in Sindh and one each in KPK, Islamabad and Balochistan.

Pakistan has so far executed 299 people after it lifted a six-year moratorium on the death penalty as part of a crackdown after Taliban militants gunned down more than 150 people, most of them children, at Army Public School in Peshawar in December last year.

Pakistan Army is currently engaged in a major offensive, Zarb-e-Azb, in North Waziristan tribal agency to clear militant hideouts. So far, more than 3,000 terrorists have been killed in the operation.

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