21 mil­i­tants killed in Shawal of­fen­sive: ISPR

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

At least 21 mil­i­tants were killed in air strikes and ground op­er­a­tions that be­gan overnight in Shawal area near the PakAfghan bor­der, the mil­i­tary's me­dia wing claimed on Tues­day.

Mil­i­tary spokesman Asim Ba­jwa said the Pak­istan Air Force (PAF) and Army Avi­a­tion's he­li­copter gun­ships car­ried out strikes in Shawal Val­ley of North Waziris­tan. The strikes be­gan Mon­day night and con­tin­ued into Tues­day, he said.

"Ops con­tinue. Imp heights & passes along Pak-Afgn Bdr se­cured. Val­ley's sani­ti­sa­tion in progress," he said on Twit­ter.

He later posted pho­to­graphs of sol­diers fan­ning out in a forested area and a ru­ined build­ing en­gulfed in smoke.

This in­for­ma­tion could not be in­de­pen­dently ver­i­fied as jour­nal­ists have lim­ited ac­cess to the war-torn re­gion.

Mil­i­tary op­er­a­tion Zarb-iAzb was launched in North Waziris­tan on June 15, 2014, fol­low­ing a brazen mil­i­tant at­tack on Karachi's in­ter­na­tional air­port and the fail­ure of peace talks be­tween the govern­ment and Tehreek-i-Tal­iban Pak­istan (TTP) ne­go­tia­tors.

Ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cial state­ments, over 3,500 mil­i­tants have been killed in op­er­a­tion Zarb-i-Azb, while the of­fen­sive forced over a mil­lion civil­ians to va­cate their homes and move to set­tled ar­eas of the coun­try.

Chief of Army Staff Gen Ra­heel Sharif or­dered troops on Wed­nes­day to march on the last bas­tion of ter­ror­ists in Shawal to take op­er­a­tion Zarb-i-Azb to its log­i­cal end.

North Waziris­tan is one of the seven re­gions in Pak­istan's Fed­er­ally Ad­min­is­tered Tribal Ar­eas (Fata) gov­erned by tribal laws which is si­t­u­ated along the Pak-Afghan bor­der.

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