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Pak Army chief vows to hunt down militants

Last Updated: Monday, July 7, 2014 - 19:49

Islamabad: Pakistan Army chief General Raheel Sharif on Monday visited troops battling militants in North Waziristan and vowed to chase and hunt down terrorists from their sanctuaries across the country till they are eliminated.

Gen Sharif talked to troops in the middle of operation in Miranshah, the main town where army is fighting to regain its control back from the militants, Military spokesman Major General Asim Saleem Bajwa said.

"General Raheel Sharif once again emphasised on the officers and men to eliminate all local and foreign terrorists and their sanctuaries," Bajwa said.

"(The) COAS affirmed that terrorists will be chased and hunted down across the country till their final elimination," he said.

The decade-long insurgency that has claimed over 40,000 lives.

Launched on June 15, the Operation is named Zarb-e-Azb (Sword of Prophet).

So far a total of 386 militants and 19 soldiers have been killed in the offensive.

The army chief also lauded soldiers for their courage, dedication and high state of morale. Sharif expressed satisfaction over the progress achieved so far since the beginning of operation.

He also commended the entire chain of command for their determined efforts in planning, preparation, mobilisation and execution of the operation.

"We will accomplish our mission and rid Pakistan of the scourge of terrorism," Bajwa said.

General Sharif also announced support for about 600,000 people displaced by the operation.

First Published: Monday, July 7, 2014 - 19:49

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