Troops withdrawal to begin from Buner, Shangla: Pervez Khattak

Army troops were deployed in Swat and Malakand to carry out an operation against the militants in 2009.

September 14, 2013
Army troops were deployed in Swat and Malakand to carry out an operation against the militants in 2009. PHOTO: INP

Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) chief minister Pervez Khattak approved the withdrawal of Pakistan Army from Swat and Malakand on Saturday, Express News reported.

He said that withdrawal of troops would begin from Buner and Shangla first.

Pakistan army troops had been ordered into the valley in 2009 by the then democratic government after militants had attempted to take over. After the successful completion of their operation and talks with the militants, it was decided that army personnel will be called off from the area.

"The army deployed in Swat and Malakand will start withdrawing next month," reported Ehtisham Khan and added that K-P chief minister had signed the respective documents.

The government has struggled to eliminate militancy from the once peaceful valley. Last year in October, militants managed to shoot teenage peace and education activist Malala Yousufzai, and her two friends in Swat.

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fari | 6 years ago | Reply | Recommend

Great going #PTI ..first peace talks ...n now #TTP is damnding release of 4750 #killer ...thanks to #IK's childish thinking ...n now this ...Army lost hundards of men to re-occupy Sawat .....#Shame on #PTI #IK n on ppl who still see #IK as reasonable person ...#pityToAllSuch ....

Jat | 6 years ago | Reply | Recommend

3 army officers killed, 2 injured in Upper Dir IED blast - Major General Sanaullah, Lieutenant Colonel Tauseef and Sepoy Imran were killed when the device planted on a road exploded.

Victory for Imran Khan, your own brothers/people !

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