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40,000 Pakistanis die in terrorist attacks: parliamentary chief

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, Jan 18, IRNA -- Terrorist attacks in Pakistan have killed about 40,000 people and 2,250 security personnel, the chairman of the Senate Defence Committee told a British delegation on Monday.

Senator Lt. Gen (Retd) Javed Ashraf informed the delegation of UK House of Commons Defence Select Committee that Pakistan has suffered losses up to the tune of 35 billion US dollars in economy besides a heavy toll of human causalities.

Pakistan joined the US-led coalition in 2001 and provided air bases to the US for air strikes against Taliban in Afghanistan.

The security forces launched operation against the militants in Waziristan in 2003 and in retalition the militants carried out suicide attacks and bomb balsts across the country.

Ashraf said a large portion of the civilian population has been dislocated in the form of IDPs, who have also suffered loss of livelihood, a statement from the Senate Secretariat said.

The chairman of the Defence Committee urged the United Kingdom to provide training courses for armed forces in all the three services.

He particularly highlighted the fact that sharing of intelligence is necessary to control menaces like Improvised Explosives Devices (IEDs) which are causing a lot of problems. He also said that training and exchange programmes with Staff Collage Quetta should be worked out to mutual advantage.

He also asked the delegation to use its influence and good offices to stop supply of weapons particularly explosives to terrorists from Afghanistan. On this occasion, he informed that in almost every terrorist incident, weapons coming through Afghanistan are being used for causing destruction, the statement said.

The world community’s support is extremely critical for Pakistan to sustain and continue its efforts against terrorism, which should come through enhancing its capabilities to take on terror networks with a view to making this world a safer place to live, Ashraf said.

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End News / IRNA / News Code 905262



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