600 militants killed in Orakzai operation: Army

Published: September 7, 2010
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Around 250 militants have been rounded-up in the Orakzai operation.

Around 250 militants have been rounded-up in the Orakzai operation.

ORAKZAI: Over 600 militants have been killed during the Orakzai Operation while 60 soldiers  lost their lives in battle stated Orakzai Operation incharge, brigadier Malik Pervaiz.

Speaking to the media in Peshawar, brigadier  Pervaiz said around 250 militants have been rounded-up so far. He added that security forces recently destroyed a compound which had been used by militants as a torture cell.

Forces also recovered a huge cache of arms from the cell, along with jihadi literature.

Critical eye on Orakzai operation

Naveed Hussain writing for The Express Tribune expressed doubts over whether an operation in Orakzai could be declared a victory.

After over three months of fighting, the military announced “victory” against militants. However, it was a premature announcement and the military later clarified that only “major operations” were over and that “stabilization operations” would continue. For how long, nobody can say for sure because residents say militants are still in control of large swathes of land in the north of the agency.

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  • Zulfiqar Haider
    Sep 8, 2010 - 11:58AM

    600 militants’ dead, is a big victory; perhaps that’s why they have once again resorted to the cowardly tactics of suicide attacks. Hopefully our army would finish off the last remains of these terrorists.Recommend

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