Last bastion of terrorists being cleared in North Waziristan: army chief

Published: February 24, 2016


Army Chief General Raheel Sharif on Wednesday visited Shawal area of North Waziristan to review the progress of operation Zarb-e-Azb.

During the visit, General Raheel was briefed by the operation commander regarding operational gains made thus far and the impending operations, the military’s spokesperson Lt Gen Asim Bajwa confirmed.

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“The army chief was also briefed about the deeply forested ravines of Shawal Valley and the areaa ahead of Data Khel which have been frequent infiltration routes of terrorists between Pakistan and Afghanistan, and are now the last bastion of terrorists left in North Waziristan,” Bajwa said in a series of tweets.

Further, General Raheel also directed troops participating in Operation Zarb-e-Azb to commence forthwith the last phase of the operation in North Waziristan, which aims at clearing the remnants of terrorists from their hideouts in deeply forested ravines.

“The last phase aims at isolating terrorists and and indiscriminately severing their links with their abettors across the country,” COAS told the troops.

Expressing satisfaction over the gains and effects of the operation, General Raheel acknowledged the resolve of troops to fully eliminate terrorists from their left over sanctuary.

He lauded their morale, paying tribute to their resilience and sacrifice.

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“Sacrifices of soldiers will not go to waste and we will achieve the ultimate goal of a terror free Pakistan,” General Raheel said.

Upon his arrival in Shawal, General Raheel was received by Lieutenant General Hidayat Ur Rehman, Commander 11 Corps Peshawar.

Pakistan Army launched Operation Zarb-e-Azb on June 15, 2014 following a deadly attack on the Karachi airport after talks with the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan failed.

Over a year after it began, General Raheel Sharif confirmed that the operation was in its final stages as most of the terrorists in the region had been eliminated.

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Reader Comments (6)

  • Dr.M.M.Khan
    Feb 24, 2016 - 4:29PM

    If the civlian authorities had been as proactive as the army we would have eliminated terrorisim in the country very quickly. The politicians have vested interests with criminals and terrorists.Recommend

  • curious2
    Feb 24, 2016 - 8:02PM

    We have heard this many times before. Why aren’t the refugees returning? Why aren’t independent news reporters allowed inside N Waziristan?Recommend

  • buba
    Feb 24, 2016 - 10:03PM

    Over two years into a Civil War in N Waziristan and not one independent reporter has been allowed to witness what’s actually going on. What’s really weird is that no Pakistani seems to care. Reminds me a bit of N Korea.Recommend

  • jamshed kharian-pak
    Feb 24, 2016 - 10:17PM

    Islamic Republic of Pakistan’s Armed Forces we support them from the deepest of our Heart Long Live All the Jawans of Pak Armed ForcesRecommend

  • Feb 25, 2016 - 2:11AM

    Now the people of FATA will have a much prosperous lifeRecommend

  • Feb 25, 2016 - 2:21AM

    If the victory is genuine then IDP and independent media must be allowed to analyse the ground condition. Only ISPR report is not enough. The expert in this field may make the diagnosis and rectify the result.Recommend

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