ISLAMABAD - Civilian casualties in terms of deaths and injuries in Pakistan are significant and in 2009, were even greater than those in Afghanistan and the casualties due to the US drone strikes are almost higher than those US has admitted. However, the civilian casualties receive too little attention from US, Pakistani and donor-nation policymakers, military officials, and international organisations alike. These are the findings of a report titled 'Civilian Harm and Conflict in Northwest Pakistan launched by Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict (CIVIC) here on Thursday in a local hotel. The findings of the report were discussed during the ceremony hosted by Human Rights Commission of Pakistan HRCP. I A Rehman, Secretary General HRCP chaired the event while Dr Ayesha Siddiqa, defence analyst, Athar Minallah, lawyer and Christopher Rogers, Pakistan Field Fellow spoke at the event in the presence of local and international media. The report has completely discussed in detail civilian conflict losses in northwest Pakistan, the views of victims, and warring parties efforts to address their losses. The report considers the warring parties as Pakistani forces, US forces, and militant groups. CIVICs Pakistan Field Fellow, Christopher Rogers spent a year on-the-ground in Pakistan interviewing over 160 civilian survivors, most of whom received little or no help. CIVIC works on behalf of war victims by advocating that warring parties recognise and help the civilians they harm and supports the principle that it is never acceptable for a warring party to ignore civilian suffering. The report says that number of civilian casualties is significant in Pakistan, though exact figures are unknown due to insecurity and government restrictions on information. In 2009, an estimated 2,300 civilians were killed in terror attacks alone with many more injured. There is no governmental or military mechanism that systematically and publicly investigates or collects data on civilian casualties. Counting losses from Pakistani military operations and US drone strikes, civilian casualties in Pakistan likely exceed in number those in neighbouring Afghanistan. According to the report, despite the severity of losses and consequences of ignoring them, civilian casualties receive too little attention from concerned quarters. Overlooking the majority of civilians harmed or displaced by combat operations is undermining the Pakistani govts legitimacy. The report says that civilians are caught between militants and Pakistani forces, while also suffering the consequences of extra judicial killings, sectarian violence, explosive remnants of war, and US drone strikes. In 2009, 700 civilian deaths were caused due to the drone attacks as reported by the Pakistani media. Neither the US nor Pakistani governments officially deny the program exists but tacitly concede its existence. Anonymous US officials insist that civilian casualties caused by the drone strikes are minimal. CIVICs research and that of other independent non-government organisations indicates that the number of civilians killed and injured by drones is higher than the US admits. Of the warring parties involved in the conflict, the Pakistani Government is the only one making some form of amends to war victims. The findings of the report reveal that civilians in Pakistan suffer from militant attacks and terrorism, Pakistani military operations and US drone strikes. CIVIC found that efforts do exist to compensate and assist victims, but deficiencies and gaps mean most victims receive no help and many are losing hope. I hold the army responsible, one man who lost both arms to a Pakistani tank shell told CIVIC. For two or three militants they crush the whole village, and so we are against the army. I am the only member of the family that can support, but I am unable to work... I do not know how we will manage to live. A father in North Waziristan, who lost 11 family members to a drone strike, told CIVIC: Yes, the drone strikes hurt the Taliban... but sometimes innocent people also become the victim of such attacks. Take my case... I blame the government of Pakistan and the USA, they are responsible for destroying my family. We were living a happy life and I didnt have any links with the Taliban. My family members were innocent. I wonder, why was I victimized? I heard over and over from victims that they expected help, but most never even got an apology for what happened to them, said Rogers. The US and Pakistan should take note that denying or overlooking their losses is provoking anger and undermining the Pakistani governments legitimacy. The report recommends to US to ensure proportionality and combatant/non-combatant distinction in targeting in all drone strikes. It urges US to make public the official definition of civilian, combatant, and non-combatant applied in the drone program, the legal justification for drone strikes and measures taken to ensure strikes conform to applicable international law. It proposes to investigate and publicly acknowledge incidents of civilian casualties caused by drone strikes The report has recommended to UN to establish a UN mechanism to monitor, document, and investigate incidents of civilian casualties. MONITORING DESK: An international group has called on the US to acknowledge the number of civilians killed by drone attacks in north-west Pakistan. According to the BBC, 'The Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict (Civic) says it investigated nine recent cases involving more than 30 non-militant deaths. However, it is not clear how many people have died in drone attacks in the past two years. But it is thought to be about 1,000, with a higher number of injuries. The US says very few civilians are being killed in drone strikes.