Army claims victory in Orakzai operation

Published: June 2, 2010

General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani meets soldiers during his visit to Kurram Agency. PHOTO: APP

The military has claimed that the Orakzai Agency has been “cleared” of militants, putting an end to a three-month-old operation on Tuesday.

Chief of the Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani visited Kurram and Orakzai agencies, where he was given a detailed briefing about the security situation by the military commanders.

In his meeting with tribal elders, Kayani thanked them for their support to the security forces.  He said that the return of Internally Displaced People is expected to start shortly. General Kayani also reassured them that normalcy would return to the area soon.

Earlier in the day, at least 18 militants were killed and six others injured in Upper Orakzai Agency, when fighter jets bombed three militants hideouts, security officials said.

The officials claimed that some foreigners were also among the dead, but did not specify the number.

The operation that began on March 24 is said to have displaced around 45,000 people. Orakai is the fifth tribal agency where operation had been carried out by the military. Earlier military operation was carried out in tribal agencies of Bajaur, Mohmand, Khyber, and South Waziristan. Most of the militants in Orakzai are said to be those who escaped from South Waziristan during the army operation there.

With the end of the Orakzai operation, an operation in North Waziristan is expected to start soon.

Published in the Express Tribune, June 2nd, 2010.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • faraz
    Jun 2, 2010 - 3:34AM

    Hope the siege of Kurram Agency is permanently lifted, thousands there have died in sectarian conflict.Recommend

  • ali
    Jun 2, 2010 - 4:17AM

    did they get mullah toofan?Recommend

  • Ahmed
    Jun 2, 2010 - 8:04AM

    These operations in swat waziristan etc were supposed to break the TTP. The attack on the Ahamadiyya mosques don’t seem to indicate any degradation of thier capabilities to strike in Pakistan. Looks like we need to think strategically and not just tactically.Recommend

  • uXuf
    Jun 2, 2010 - 8:46AM

    Cleared from Orakzai, but given a free ticket to wreak havoc in the rest of the country?Recommend

  • Jun 2, 2010 - 1:01PM

    Foreigners among the militants? Offciials should have provided details to the media so that teh nation may know which outside hand is involved in destroying Pakistan.Recommend

  • KM
    Jun 29, 2010 - 12:53PM

    Even the general has been saying that agression is NOT the only solution … We need to engage these people, so that they rethink of the vices that they have adopted, and hopefully give up.Recommend

  • ali hamdani
    Jul 1, 2010 - 2:18PM

    N. wazirstan will be the next area where they should attack and clear the strongholds over there as well. This handful of terrorist are ruining the image of entire country.Recommend

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