Pakistan says 751 militants, 29 troops killed in troubled region
Pakistani military, which is battling militants in the troubled Malakand region, on Tuesday said that 751 militants and 29 troops had so far been killed in the military operations in three restive districts of Buner, Dir and Swat.
Maj. On the other hand, the military spokesman said that so far 1.3 million people had migrated from the war zone and the army is setting up hospitals and camps for the internally displaced persons.
RAWALPINDI: Director General Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) Maj. General Athar Abbas Tuesday said 751 militants have so far been killed while 29 security men martyred and 77 others injured in operation Raah-e-Haq underway in Swat and other parts of Malakand.
Giving updates of the ongoing operation, DG ISPR said the security forces have accomplished significant achievements, adding the images and videos of the dead militants will be released tomorrow. He said today Pakistan army's heliborne troops landed in Peochar, a key Taliban stronghold in the northwest district of Swat. Militants' hideouts were destroyed in Baba Ziarat area and some arrests were also made, he told the reports.
Four security personnel lost their lives in militants' attack on Kanju Police Station and Kilay while 4 militants were killed in Imam Dheri.
Maj. Gen. Athar Abbas said the army is setting up hospitals and camps for the IDPs coming from the battle zones and so far 1.3 million people have migrated.
In this connection, services of NADRA are being used, he added.
He said Ibn-e-Aql, brother of Ibn-e-Umer, has been killed in the ongoing operation and added that no information has been received of any significant foreign militant's presence.
The ISPR Chief said efforts are on to drive out the militants from the area. Operation has been conducted from Chakdarra to Gulabad and the militants are swiftly losing ground.
He said the military is abstaining from using helicopters for carrying out offensives to avoid collateral damage and main focus is on ground operation.
Maj. Gen. Athar Abbas said the militants have planted land mines on roads and ground in Mingora and Swat.
Government spokesman on the occasion announced that a special fund has been set up for the families affected by terrorist activities.
DG ISPR replying to a question said action is being taken after receiving report from the intelligence agencies but stopped short of giving any details.