US has made 409 drone at­tacks in Pak in 14 years, killed 2,714 peo­ple

Millennium Post - - World -

IS­LAM­ABAD: The US has car­ried out a to­tal of 409 drone at­tacks in Pak­istan tar­get­ing sus­pected mil­i­tants since Jan­uary 2004, killing 2,714 peo­ple and in­jur­ing 728 oth­ers, a me­dia re­port said on Fri­day.

The at­tacks, car­ried out by the Cia-op­er­ated drones, over the years have tar­geted the areas of Ba­jaur, Bannu, Hangu, Khy­ber, Kur­ram, Mohmand, North Waziris­tan, Nushki, Orakzai, and South Waziris­tan, Dawn re­ported.

Ma­jor­ity of the drone strikes were car­ried out dur­ing the gov­ern­ment of the Pak­istan Peo­ples Party be­tween 2008 and 2012.

Cit­ing sources within the Na­tional Counter Ter­ror­ism Au­thor­ity (Nacta), the pa­per said the pe­riod saw 336 aerial at­tacks, in which 2,282 peo­ple lost their lives and 658 re­ceived in­juries. The of­fi­cials said that 2010 alone saw 117 at­tacks that killed 775 peo­ple and in­jured 193 oth­ers.

Be­tween 2013 and 2018 -- dur­ing the gov­ern­ment of the Pak­istan Mus­lim LeagueNawaz -- 65 drone at­tacks oc­curred in which 301 peo­ple were killed and 70 oth­ers in­jured. In 2018, two drone at­tacks killed one per­son and in­jured an­other.

The top lead­er­ship of the Tehreek-e-tal­iban Pak­istan has been killed in drone at­tacks. Tal­iban chief Mul­lah Akhtar Man­sour was killed in one of such strikes in 2016.

Days af­ter Mul­lah Man­sour's killing, then Pak­istan army chief Gen­eral Ra­heel Sharif had said: "US drone strikes in Pak­istani ter­ri­tory are re­gret­table and must stop."

Pak­istan op­poses drone strikes, say­ing they vi­o­late its sovereignty.

The of­fi­cials said that 289 at­tacks were con­ducted in North Waziris­tan alone, in which 1,651 in­di­vid­u­als were killed and 421 oth­ers in­jured. South Waziris­tan saw 91 at­tacks that killed 707 in­di­vid­u­als and in­jured 215.

There were 13 strikes in the Kur­ram Agency that killed 110 and in­jured 32, five in the Khy­ber Agency that killed 57 and in­jured 29, four in the Ba­jaur Agency that killed 129, two in Hangu that killed seven and in­jured two, one in the Mohmand Agency that killed 18 and one in Nushki that killed two.

Quot­ing of­fi­cials, the pa­per said that at least 19,177 civil­ians and of­fi­cials have been killed so far and 47,869 oth­ers in­jured in the 18,850 ter­ror re­lated at­tacks in Pak­istan since 2001.

The at­tacks, they said, mostly tar­geted Law En­force­ment Agen­cies (LEAS) and were car­ried out through dif­fer­ent meth­ods that in­cluded bomb ex­plo­sions, hand grenade at­tacks, mine ex­plo­sions, mis­siles, rock­ets, and sui­cide at­tacks.

Ter­ror­ists also tar­geted mi­nori­ties to in­sti­gate sec­tar­ian vi­o­lence and em­ployed so­phis­ti­cated meth­ods, in­clud­ing the us­age of Im­pro­vised Ex­plo­sive De­vices - ve­hi­cle ex­plo­sive de­vices as well as ra­dio con­trolled im­pro­vised de­vices, the pa­per said.

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