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