ISLAMABAD - The government has spent over Rs46.8 billion in the last five years on fighting the war against terrorism across the country while a hefty chunk has also been allocated for keeping Islamabad safe from terror incidents.

To a question addressed to Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan, the National Assembly was told the government spent Rs23,838 million alone on security of Islamabad. While Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATAs), being on frontline to fight terror, were given Rs8.5 billion and Rs3.4 billion respectively.

The House was informed that 1,921 police and Rangers personnel sacrificed their lives while fighting terrorism since Pakistan joined the global war against terrorism with Sindh province topped the list of maximum casualties of law enforcers. The National Assembly was told that as many as 835 police and Rangers personnel were killed in Sindh while fighting terrorism in the last five years followed by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa where 802 police personnel were killed in militant attacks.

Sindh, where maximum security personnel were killed by terrorists, got only Rs341 million to fight terror as compared to Punjab that got Rs7,174 million for fighting terrorism where 19 police and Rangers personnel got martyrdom due to terrorism incidents.

But despite pumping in billions of money to secure Islamabad from terrorists, the federal capital even then has witnessed some of the worst terrorism incidents. In 2014 alone, Islamabad witnessed over 30 terrorist incidents, including target killings. At least 23 people were killed and many others injured in a bomb explosion at Pir Wadhai area near Sabzi Mandi locality in Islamabad. In another incident, at least 11 people, including Additional District and Sessions Judge Rafaqat Awan, a woman lawyer, and a policeman, were killed and 25 others were injured when militants attacked the courthouse complex in Islamabad.

While fighting terrorism, Islamabad sacrificed 14 police personnel in the last five years followed by 13 in Gilgit-Baltistan that has so far not got any fund for fighting terrorism.

Balochistan where 275 police and FC personnel rendered sacrifices since Pakistan joined war against terrorism in 2001, the federal government has funded the provincial police with Rs1.6 billion for the last five years to contain terrorism in the country's largest province.

The House was informed that Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) where three police officials got martyrdom in terrorism incidents, had been given Rs323 million in the last five years for dealing with militancy and terrorism related activities.