450 militants killed in Waziristan offensive: Pak Army

Pak Army`s offensive against the Taliban in S Waziristan is moving along ahead of schedule.

Updated: Nov 06, 2009, 20:15 PM IST

Islamabad: Pakistan Army`s offensive
against the Taliban in South Waziristan is moving along ahead
of schedule as security forces have killed around 450
militants and captured several key rebel bases, chief military
spokesman Maj Gen Athar Abbas said today.

Operation Rah-e-Nijat (Path to Salvation) is "going
well ahead of time and the terrorists are on the run", Abbas

Sararogha, once seen as the operational base of the
Taliban, has been cleared and troops had entered Makeen,
another important headquarters of the militants, he said.

Around 450 militants have been killed and many others
arrested while 42 soldiers, including officers, had lost their
lives in the fighting, Abbas said in an interview with Radio

Another 142 soldiers had been injured. "Most
importantly, we are enjoying not only the support of the
masses but that of the tribes as well. Our real target is to
free the Mehsud tribe from the claws of the terrorist
organisation so that they can lead their lives according to
their customs," Abbas said.

Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan chief Hakimullah Mehsud, who
is believed to be in the lawless South Waziristan region,
belongs to the Mehsud tribe.

Despite the government`s efforts, the Mehsud tribe has
not risen in revolt against the Taliban.

Bureau Report