Report: US-Led War On Terror Incurred A $252 Billion Loss On Pakistan And Claimed 83,000 Lives
According to the SRI, more than 83,000 Pakistani soldiers and civilians lost their lives in the war on terror.
A research organization, The Strategic Research Institute (SRI), based in Islamabad, has revealed that Pakistan incurred a colossal loss of $252 billion in the US-led war against terrorism. According to research data, Pakistan has sustained a loss nearly eight times greater than the financial assistance it received from the US during the war on terror, which stands at $126 billion.
Elements of the US-led war that incurred the massive loss on Pakistan
According to the SRI, more than 83,000 Pakistani soldiers and civilians lost their lives in the war on terror, while over 18,000 terrorists were killed during a series of different operations. Over 1,100 Al-Qaida terrorists were either captured or killed as well.
Referring to the loss, the research report read:
More than 1,237 kinetic operations, military action involving active warfare including lethal force, were conducted, and 371,100 intelligence-based operations were carried out. Of these, 50 were major operations, in which more than 72,000 weapons and five rounds of ammunition were recovered.
SRI officials further pointed out that Pakistan Army also launched several critical operations, including Rah-e-Rast, Rah-e-Nijat, Zarb-e-Azb, and Radd-ul-Fasaad, to dismantle numerous terror networks. The army’s successful military campaigns over the years led to a rapid decrease in high-impact terror incidents, dropping from 90 in 2013 to 13 in 2020.
According to details, the overall terror attacks witnessed an 85% decline during the same period. Suicide bomb attacks decreased by 97% from 87 in 2009 to 3 in 2020, while the army averted 50% of security threats.
Further Plans and their Impact
Pakistan Army now plans to fence the borders with Afghanistan and Iran to stem militant infiltration and smuggling. Reports state that 83% of the 2,670 km border with Afghanistan has been secured, while fencing has been completed on 37% of the 959 km border with Iran.
It should be noted that cross-border terror attacks have been reduced by 55%, and IED blasts in border areas have decreased by 16% ever since Pakistan Army started fencing the border with Afghanistan and Iran.
Story originally published in ProPakistani.pk
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