Pak army`s operations in South Waziristan kill 650 militants
Last Updated: Friday, January 01, 2010, 19:34
Islamabad: Security forces have killed about 650 militants during operations over the past three months in the lawless South Waziristan tribal region, the Pakistani military has claimed.

The claim was made by chief military spokesman Maj Gen Athar Abbas, who told a TV news channel that militants had been flushed out of South Waziristan and their hideouts destroyed.

"The security forces have defeated militants in Malakand and South Waziristan due to a professional strategy and public support. The militants are on the run," Abbas said.

He also dismissed reports about the presence of a Taliban Shura in Quetta, the capital of the southwestern Balochistan province.

However, Abbas said insurgency had "started again in Mohmand and Bajaur Agencies" after foreign troops in Afghanistan removed their posts along the border with Pakistan.

The "few terrorists" who had escaped the dragnet of the security forces were carrying out attacks in the country, he said. "We will overcome them soon," Abbas added.

To a question, he said Pakistan was not under any foreign pressure and had not accepted any help from outside for launching the military offensive in Malakand and South Waziristan.


First Published: Friday, January 01, 2010, 19:34

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