US war on terror killed at least 65,000 in Pakistan
WASHINGTON: At least 65,000 people have died in Pakistan due to the US "war on terror" that was launched following the September 11 attacks in 2001, according to a study.
Out of 65,000 people killed in Pakistan in war on terror, 23,372 were civilians and 8,832 were security officials, a private television channel reported Friday.
The report by Brown University s Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs put the death toll at between 480,000 and 507,000 people - but said the actual number is likely higher.
The new toll "is a more than 110,000 increase over the last count, issued just two years ago in August 2016," Brown said in a statement.
"Though the war on terror is often overlooked by the American public, press and lawmakers, the increased body count signals that, far from diminishing, this war remains intense."
The death toll includes insurgents, local police and security forces, civilians and US and allied troops. The report s author, Neta Crawford, said many of those reported by US and local forces as militants may actually have been civilians.
"We may never know the total direct death toll in these wars," Crawford wrote.