In the three years up to November 2010, the number of civilian deaths in terrorism-related incidents in Pakistan has leapt to over 25,000. That’s more than any 9/11 & 7/7 combined and multiplied many times over, yet, “The West” keeps telling Pakistan it should do more to combat terrorism.
It is surprising how little we hear about what is happening at the moment in Pakistan from the mouths of Pakistanis. We hear brief news reports detailing terrorist attacks from the region with numbing regularity but is rare that we stop to consider what those attacks mean for those caught up in them.
Take Tahir Malik’s first hand account he says that compared to what is happening in his own country ‘people in the West know nothing about terrorism’.
Channel 4’s Dispatches City of Fear, follows the police and people of Islamabad as Pakistan’s capital battles to overcome an unprecedented wave of terrorist attacks, providing a powerful insight into what the real war on terrorism fought on the streets of the metropolis really means, with bloody and tragic consequences.
It’s available to watch for the next few days on the Dispatches website here.