Ever since Pakistan joined the U.S.-led war on terror it has lost about 51,000 lives and $80 billion, according to the Express Tribune.
Although the recent school massacre in Peshawar may prove to be the turning point when Pakistan finally decides to take the threat within its borders seriously, that change in policy only comes after a long and bloody struggle with homegrown terrorists who are often supported, directly or indirectly, by the government’s own security forces.
Such a policy has made Pakistan one of the worst hit countries when it comes to extremist violence. Now the government has launched Operation Zarb-e-Azb in what it hopes will be the death blow to Taliban forces.
Read more about the toll terrorism has taken on Pakistan at the Tribune Express.