Peshawar: Security forces have arrested
more than 700 suspects in search operations conducted in
different parts of Khyber-Pakthunkhwa in northwest Pakistan.
The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government had received
information about the regrouping of terrorist gangs in the
suburbs of Peshawar, provincial Information Minister Mian
Iftikhar Hussain told a group of journalists today.
The government was compelled to carry out search
operations to prevent incidents like the suicide attack at
Yakaghund in Mohmand Agency that killed over 100 people.
People living in Peshawar, Nowshera and Charsadda
districts, where search operations were underway, might face
some hardships, Hussain said.
"The government has to take these strict measures to
flush out militants and avoid any untoward incident," he
The sole objective of these operations is to flush
militants from urban and suburban areas where they were
reported to have strengthened their networks, he said.