US war on ter­ror killed at least 65,000 in Pak­istan

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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.

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