8,484 killed in terror attacks in last four years

* Government tells NA 60 proscribed organisations are being watched

ISLAMABAD: A total of 5,573 acts of terror across the country have cost the lives of 8484 people, including ten foreigners, during the last four years, the government disclosed in the National Assembly on Friday before the session was abruptly adjourned due to lack of quorum.
Also among the terror victims are 185 children, the Interior Ministry told the Lower House of parliament in a written reply to the queries of PPP’s Dr Nafeesa Shah. The session could not dispose of the order of the day except the question hour when PTI’s Rai Hassan Nawaz pointed out the quorum, which led towards the first suspension of proceedings and later adjournment of session for Monday.
PML-N’s comfortable majority in the House could not ensure the required number of members. However, the written replies of the Interior Ministry and response of Parliamentary Secretary Interior Mariam Orangzeb consumed most of the time in question-hour spanning one hour. The province-wise breakup of terror acts revealed that Balochsistan was most affected by leading with 3098 acts of terrorism followed by 1499 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) and FATA with 648 incidents.
In number of human losses, FATA topped the list where 3240 persons lost their lives in these terrorism acts followed by KPK with 2311 human lives losses and 1985 in Balochistan. Persons in Punjab killed were 643 and in Sindh the number stood at 313. The most tragic figures came about the children in these terrorists attacks that came to 185 in last five years based on the data received from KPK, Islamabad, AJ&K, Gilgit Baltistan. The figures from Punjab, Sindh, Balochistan and FATA were included in the figures presented in the house.
Apart from 185 children lost their lives, 538 children received lethal and minor injuries in these terrorist attacks, government told the assembly. Parliamentary Secretary Mariam Orangzeb told the house that 8212 target killers and murderers have been arrested in the Karachi operation. Responding to query of MQM’s Rasheed Godil about his party’ missing workers, Mariam said that provincial government is better placed to act in this regard with the assurance that interior ministry would extend all our support to trace these missing persons.
To another questions, through a written answer, government told the house that 60 proscribed organizations are being kept under watch and its members enlisted under Schedule IV of ATA are being strictly monitored. Government also affirmed its commitment to hold dialogue with the Tehreek-e-Talban Pakistan within the framework of constitution through a written reply to MQM’s Sheikh Salahuddin’s question.
About the threats to Kalash community and Ismaili Muslims in Chitral, government informed the house that other than the district police, 168 personnel comprising of Army, Scouts and Border Force have been deployed to beef up the security to prevent untoward incident to the community.

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