Buner: Major military offensive launched against Taliban
After success in Dir, a major military offensive has been launched against Taliban in Buner. FC (Frontier Constabulary) and Pakistan Army are taking part in this operation with air support being provided by PAF (Pakistan Air Force) and Pakistan Army Aviation Corps. The operation is being supervised by IG(Inspector General), FC.
Director-General Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Athar Abbas said on Tuesday that the government would not allow anyone to violate writ of the state adding that a major offensive has been launched to flush out militants from Buner.
Addressing a press briefing here, Major General Athar Abbas said that security forces extended an offensive against Taliban militants to Buner district, around 100 km (60 miles) north of the capital Islamabad.
“The military launched an operation at 4:00 pm today, the aim of the offensive is to eliminate and expel militants from Buner”, Abbas said.
He said the army and the Frontier Corps troops have entered Buner and IG FC is overseeing the operation. Abbas said that over 70 militants were killed in Lower Dir operation while 10 security forces personnel were martyred. Abbas said that fighter jets of PAF are also taking part in the operation.
He said over 500 militants, equipped with sophisticated communication system, are holed up in various parts of Buner who are constantly receiving money and arms from unknown sources.
A major military operation was launched against Taliban militants in Buner district Tuesday, DawnNews reports.
The operation aims to eliminate militants who had faked their exit from the area, Director-General ISPR Athar Abbas told DawnNews, adding that the operation in Lower Dir has been completed.
The operation in Buner was launched at 04:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Abbas said. He said that militants in the area had refused to heed the government's warnings and had been kidnapping young boys for recruitment into the Taliban's ranks.
Both the Frontier Corps and regular army forces are taking part in the operation, Abbas added.
Explosions were heard as gunship helicopters pounded militant strongholds in the mountains. A curfew has also been imposed in the district, DPO Buner told DawnNews.
Meanwhile, local Taliban blew up the main bridge in Buner’s Ambala area.
Separately, NWFP Governor Owais Ghani said despite repeated warnings, militants were not leaving the district.