2,500 terrorists killed in Fata operations: FC

Published: April 16, 2011
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Colonel Ijaz of the Frontier Corps says the Mohmand agency operation is in its last phase. PHOTO: AFP

Colonel Ijaz of the Frontier Corps says the Mohmand agency operation is in its last phase. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: Colonel Ijaz of the Frontier Corps (FC) informed the Senate Standing Committee on Interior that the Mohmand agency operation is in its last phase, and that around 2,500 terrorists have so far been killed in Fata.

Colonel Ijaz briefed the Standing Committee on Saturday, stating that 169 Pakistan Army personnel and 240 soldiers of the FC have so far been killed in the operation against militants.

He said that 5,578 militants have been injured while 956 militans have been nabbed during operations.

Local troops and paramilitary forces, backed by helicopter gunships and warplanes have been targeting Taliban positions in the Beizai Tehsil of Mohmand Agency over the last few days.

Security forces launched Operation Brekhna (Thunder) on April 6, and have since claimed killing dozens of militants in clashes. However, there have been no independent confirmations of these claims.

Meanwhile, sources also said that large scale displacement was taking place in these areas, where a military operation was ongoing. According to the sources, at least 150 families have reached the Kashmir Kor Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) Camp. They said that at least 1,600 families have so far taken shelter at this camp to escape the clashes in their areas.

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Reader Comments (18)

  • Cautious
    Apr 16, 2011 - 7:51PM

    Wow – article yesterday says that this operation has killed dozens – then in one day the army jumps the figure up to 2,500 – anyone really believe that?Recommend

  • Rabia Qureshi
    Apr 16, 2011 - 8:03PM

    keep catching dude, its all a farce to nationRecommend

  • Yasar
    Apr 16, 2011 - 8:04PM

    @Cautious:
    Read article properly! Recommend

  • Asghar Mayo
    Apr 16, 2011 - 8:35PM

    Who determined that these 2500 people were terrorists and not even a single innocent person died as collateral damage. Our Agencies deserve applaud either for precision or Bald lies, No commission was ever constituted to investigate how many innocent died in these operations. Would our state agencies will be kind enough to release a reportRecommend

  • Mulla Toofhan
    Apr 16, 2011 - 9:22PM

    Are these numbers for the Nation consumptions or is it for the Farangi Masters, This sounds like a tall claim by the Army which is not unusual, Its not what you claim but how many people beleive that matters. Sunddenly The Army, Police and rest of the Security Agencies are comming up with real trophy winning numbers, What has changed so quickly, Is the security agency being audited ? Well in that case It will take more then numbers to believe such tall claims.Recommend

  • Moon
    Apr 16, 2011 - 9:38PM

    Are they really terrorists? 2,500 is a big no. It may include a high percentage of civilians.if a us drone kill even 1 alleged terrorists then everybody start jumping for innocents, getn killed by drones. What hypocracyRecommend

  • Mohammad Irfan
    Apr 16, 2011 - 11:49PM

    Have to ask, why so few? Pakistan has lost more than 30,000 civilians due to terrorism. Recommend

  • Umair Khan
    Apr 17, 2011 - 12:01AM

    And God alone whether its true or not as out of the thousands of terrorists being killed claimed we have never seen body of even a few not even of the 12 wanted terrorists of Swat including Fazlullah. Recommend

  • Khurram
    Apr 17, 2011 - 12:55AM

    Mulla Toofhan Ji their Farangi Masters have as little faith in them (increase in the number of drone attacks confirms that) as we do, no one is paying any heed to them and their tall claims except for laughs.Recommend

  • pakarmypashtun
    Apr 17, 2011 - 1:28AM

    i would like to remind pak army these claims could be used by fata terrorists to recruit more terrorists and suicide bombers. This announcement is going to be counter productive.Recommend

  • Hedgefunder
    Apr 17, 2011 - 1:37AM

    Yes right! tell me , What Nationality were these so called Terrorists???
    Thank you.
    I am sure some enlightened person will answer this!!!!!Recommend

  • ahlane
    Apr 17, 2011 - 2:16AM

    congratulations pak army keep up the good workRecommend

  • pragmatist
    Apr 17, 2011 - 7:03AM

    Pakistanis must stop the collective lying. Here’s what Major General Ghayur Mehmud, GOC 7th Div North Waziristan, have to say about the Drone Attacks :

    A majority of those killed by drone strikes are hardcore Taliban or Al Qaeda elements, especially foreigners, while civilian casualties are few.

    The citizens don’t realize that mass denial of this nature is only strengthening the hand of the Islamists and will have dire consequences on the integrity of the nation. Already Pakistan is a ‘pariah’ amongst nations. Appealing to other nations to stop the drone attacks will only strengthen the world’s impression that the Pakistani establishment wants to protect its “strategic assets”. Pakistan tried the game of using the terrorists as a proxy for their military. It failed miserably. It is time to accept it and move on. India is not going to handover Kashmir because you have a few thousand hoodlum. They will pick them off one at a time.Recommend

  • Karim Javed
    Apr 17, 2011 - 8:46AM

    On one side you always shouts with loud speakers we need terror free Pakistan, And when Pakistan Army doing this for you then you are saying that who knows that how many of civilians were there in 2500 terrorist. Dude actually it’s not fault of Politicians & Army it’s us that don’t really knows that what to do next. Its not possible to figure out a terrorist and a civilian in war like situation, Army people they are trained to kill they are built for the kill in real life they don’t even know that in terrorist their are one of from their family’s.Recommend

  • Enough said
    Apr 17, 2011 - 10:35AM

    @To all the commentators above…..either you say Pak Army is not doing enough and call for drones (which kill civilians), and when u hear that the army itself is doing operations, you start some other propaganda. A simply question: What do you want?Recommend

  • muhammad
    Apr 17, 2011 - 11:14AM

    NO NO Colonel Ijaz WE ARE KNOW WHAT ARE you DOING IN MOHMAND AGENCY. I BELONG FROM THAT AREA OF SAFI THESEL ,TELL ME WHAT YOUR ARMY DONE IN 9 APRIL 2011,WHEN 28 CIVILEN PERSONS ARE KILLLED IN ALENGHAR AND SARAONDING AREA WHEN THAT PEOPLE WORKING IN LAND ( KHEET ) AND THEN HIS DEAD BODY DUMPED IN ONE PLACE (IJTEMAY QABARr) FRONT OF MOHMAND RIFLES CAMP IN MUHMMAD GAT AT SAFI TEHSEL IN MOHMAND AGENCY.
    I CALL INTERNATIONAL MEDIA PLZ MAKE A VOICE FOR THIS CHANGAZYI terrorists
    ONE IS WOMEN AND 8 ARE CHILD AND OTHER IS ELDER MEN,Recommend

  • Ahmer Ali
    Apr 17, 2011 - 12:51PM

    Assalam-o-Allaikum Warahmatullah.Is it true that 2500 killed persons were really the terrorists or this fake statement is given only to please advanced Western countries for more and more $$$$$$$?Recommend

  • Apr 17, 2011 - 1:13PM

    Mr. Ijaz not mentioned how many true Muslims died during the operation?
    it is a black mark on GovernmentRecommend

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